Ontario reports 478 new coronavirus cases, 22 deaths as total cases top 6,200

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Ontario reported 478 new cases of coronavirus Friday morning and 22 deaths, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the province to 6,237.

The death toll rose to 222.

Of the confirmed cases, 673 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, with 260 in intensive care and 217 on a ventilator. Around 12.6 per cent of all cases in Ontario have resulted in hospitalization.

The number of resolved cases, meanwhile, also rose Friday, to 2,574 — that makes up about 41 per cent of confirmed cases.

Since Thursday’s report, 5,573 additional tests had been conducted. Nearly 1,600 cases are currently under investigation.

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Earlier this week, Premier Doug Ford raised concerns that province’s full testing capacity of 13,000 tests per day was not being used.

On Friday, health officials announced a plan aimed at increasing the number of tests, with a goal of reaching 8,000 per day by April 15, 14,000 by April 29, and 16,000 by May 6.

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Friday’s increase in cases marks an 8.3 per cent jump compared to the day prior, down from Thursday which saw a 9.2 per cent increase.

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Just under 53 per cent of the province’s confirmed cases are in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Meanwhile, 73 outbreaks have been reported in long-term care homes, an increase of four from Thursday.

Breakdown by age and gender:

  • Just over 45 per cent of cases are male, with over 54 per cent reported in females. Thirty-seven cases did not specify male or female.
  • 19 and under: 2.4 per cent
  • 20 to 39: 25.2 per cent
  • 40 to 59: 34.6 per cent
  • 60 to 79: 24.2 per cent
  • 80 and over: 13.4 per cent

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