Ontario reports record-breaking 4,736 new COVID-19 cases as total count surpasses 400,000

Ontario is reporting 4,736 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a single-day high for Ontario since the pandemic began. The provincial total now stands at 403,571, surpassing the 400,000 milestone.

The record-breaking case count comes amid a surge in hospitalizations and patients in ICU in province’s the third wave.

According to Tuesday’s report, 1,188 cases were recorded in Toronto, 983 in Peel Region, 526 in York Region, 342 in Ottawa, 216 in Durham Region, and 215 in Niagara Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 200 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 7,639 as 29 more deaths were recorded — the largest increase in deaths since mid-February and a third wave high.

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Meanwhile, 357,591 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 89 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 3,174 from the previous day.

Ontario reported 1,932 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 55 from the previous day) with an all-time high of 659 patients in intensive care units (up by 17) and 442 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (unchanged).

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 38,341— up from the previous day when it was at 36,808, and up from April 8 when it was at 28,059. At the peak of the second wave coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit just above 30,000.

The government said 65,559 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 39,682 tests awaiting results. A total of 13,358,225 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Thursday was eight per cent. That figure is down from Wednesday’s at 8.6 per cent, but is up from last week when it was six per cent.

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As of 8 p.m. on Wednesday, a total of 3,528,404 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. That marks an increase of 105,430 vaccines in the last day. There are 339,491 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson are the vaccines currently approved in Canada. The first three require two shots administered several weeks apart while the fourth requires only one. J & J vaccines have not yet arrived in Canada.

— More to come.

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