Ontario reports under 2,000 new coronavirus cases, 43 more deaths

Ontario is reporting 1,958 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the provincial total to 256,960.

Monday’s case count is lower than Sunday’s which saw 2,417 new infections. On Saturday, 2,359 cases were recorded.

“Locally, there are 727 new cases in Toronto, 365 in Peel and 157 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

The death toll in the province has risen to 5,846 after 43 more deaths were reported.

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Meanwhile, 227,494 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19 which is about 88 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 2,448 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Monday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 23,620 — down from the previous day when it was 24,153, and down from last Monday at 28,621.

Ontario reported 1,398 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 38 from the previous day), with 397 patients in an intensive care unit (up by five) and 283 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by 18).

The government said 35,968 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 14,991 tests awaiting results. A total of 9,344,959 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Monday was 5.5 per cent, up from Sunday at 4.2 per cent, and down from one week ago when it was 6.6 per cent.

As of 8 p.m. Sunday , the province has administered 286,110 COVID-19 vaccine doses.

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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