Ontario reports under 1,700 new coronavirus cases, 49 more deaths

Ontario is reporting 1,670 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, the third day in a row cases are below 2,000, bringing the provincial total to 260,370.

Wednesday’s case count is lower than Tuesday’s which saw 1,740 new infections. On Monday, 1,958 new cases were recorded and 2,417 on Sunday.

It is also the lowest increase in daily cases since Nov. 26 when 1,478 new cases were reported.

“Locally, there are 450 new cases in Toronto, 342 in Peel, 171 in York Region and 128 in Niagara,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

The death toll in the province has risen to 5,958 after 49 more deaths were reported.

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Meanwhile, 232,480 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19 which is about 89 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 2,725 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Wednesday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 21,932 — down from the previous day when it was 23,036, and down from last Wednesday at 26,467.

Ontario reported 1,382 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 84 from the previous day), with 383 patients in an intensive care unit (down by six) and 298 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by seven).

The government said 55,191 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 46,900 tests awaiting results. A total of 9,430,867 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Wednesday was 4 per cent, down from Tuesday at 5.9 per cent, and down from one week ago when it was 4.9 per cent.

As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, the province has administered 305,330 COVID-19 vaccine doses. There are 96,459 people fully vaccinated with two doses. Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, the only two vaccines currently approved in Canada, require two shots.

The province notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by the local public health unit on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available. Data may also be pulled at different times.

— More to come.

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