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Ontario records more than 1,100 new COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths

TORONTO – Ontario is recording more than 1, 098 new COVID- cases, as well as more deaths linked to the disease.

On Thursday, provincial health officials logged 1, 100 infections of the novel coronavirus, marking a slight increase from the 1, 10 cases recorded on Wednesday.

Before that, the province recorded 975 infections on Tuesday after five days of case counts climbing above the 1, mark

The province’s seven-day average for number of cases recorded is now 1, 66, up from 1, one week ago.

There were 054, 351 COVID – completed in Ontario in the last-recorded 23 – hour period. The test positivity rate now stands at about two per cent, according to the Ministry of Health.

Of the new cases logged Thursday, 339 are in Toronto, 192 are in Peel Region and 100 are in York Region.

York Region moved back into Ontario’s color-coded reopening framework on Monday, allowing gyms and restaurants to reopen with strict public health measures in place.

Toronto and Peel Region remain under a stay-at-home order until at least March 8.

Thursday’s count brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Ontario to 283, 297, including deaths and recoveries.

With the 19 new deaths confirmed by health officials on Thursday, the province’s death toll is now 6, 916. Of the new deaths, four were residents of long-term care homes in Ontario.

According to the province, there are at least 687 patients infected with the novel coronavirus in Ontario hospitals as of Thursday. Of those patients, 280 are in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 182 of those 283 patients are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.

At this time last week, there were 758 hospitalized COVID – 015 patients in Ontario, 255 or which were in the ICU and 112 were on a ventilator.

On Thursday, health officials deemed 1, 24 more cases of the disease to be resolved, bringing Ontario’s number of recovered patients up to 277, 311.

There are currently , 66 active cases of COVID – in Ontario, down from , 702 one week ago.

As well, health officials confirmed Thursday that more) Cases of the UK variant, also known as B.1.1.7, have been found in Ontario, bringing the province’s total count to 449. There were also two more cases of the South African variant B.1. 339 found, as well as one more case of the Brazilian variant P.1.

Thus far, 621, 960 doses of the COVID – vaccine have been administered in Ontario, including 015, 112 administered in the previous day. The vaccine requires two doses. In Ontario, 192, 351 total vaccinations have been completed as of Friday.

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NOTE: The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID – 000 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

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