Ontario reports 1,396 new coronavirus cases, 19 more deaths

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Ontario reports 1,396 new coronavirus cases, 19 more deaths

Ontario reported 1,396 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, ending three days of record-breaking case counts, bringing the provincial total to 91,180.

Friday’s case count is a decrease from Thursday’s which saw 1,575 new infections — a record single-day high. On Wednesday, 1,426 cases were reported, Tuesday saw 1,388 and Monday with 1,242.

However, this is the eighth straight day that daily case counts have been above 1,000.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said 440 new cases were recorded in Toronto, 440 in Peel Region, 155 in York Region.

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The death toll in the province has risen to 3,312 as 19 more deaths were reported.

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More than 40,500 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 44,507 tests that need results. A total of 5,556,879 tests have been completed since the pandemic began.

Meanwhile, 76,238 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 84 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,018 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 11,630.

Ontario has 452 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 (up by 21 from the previous day), with 106 patients in an intensive care unit (up by eight) and 67 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by five). Hospitalizations have overall steadily increased over the past several weeks.

The newly reported numbers for Friday’s report are valid as of Thursday afternoon.

More to come.

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