Ontario reports new single-day record of almost 1,400 new coronavirus cases

Ontario reported 1,388 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, another new single-day record, bringing the provincial total to 86,783.

Tuesday’s case count beats out Sunday’s original one-day record of 1,328 new cases, while Monday saw 1,242 cases.

This is also the fifth straight day daily case counts have been above 1,000.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said 520 new cases were recorded in Toronto, 395 in Peel Region, 100 in York Region, 72 in Halton Region, and 50 in Niagara.

All other public health units in Ontario reported under 50 new cases.

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The death toll in the province has risen to 3,245 as 15 more deaths were reported.

More than 29,100 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. The government has previously said it hoped to increase testing capacity to 50,000 per day by mid-October, and 68,000 tests per day by mid-November.

There is currently a backlog of 27,802 tests that need results. A total of 5,440,104 tests have been completed since the pandemic began.

Meanwhile, 73,417 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 85 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 781 from the previous day. Active cases in Ontario now stand at 10,106.

Ontario has 422 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 (up by 55 from the previous day), with 82 patients in an intensive care unit (down by two) and 54 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (unchanged). Hospitalizations have overall steadily increased over the past several weeks.

The newly reported numbers for Tuesday’s report are valid as of Monday afternoon.

More to come.

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