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446 new coronavirus cases, 17 deaths in Ontario as total cases rise to 28,709

Premier Doug Ford updates Ontario's COVID-19 response on Tuesday

Ontario reported 446 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the provincial total to 28,709.

The death toll has risen to 2,293, as 17 more deaths were reported.

Meanwhile, 22,484 people have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 78 per cent of cases.

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Ontario has completed 747,964 tests so far for the virus. This is up 15,244 tests from the previous day. The province has previously said it has a testing capacity of more than 20,000 daily tests.

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Tuesday’s report marks an increase of 1.6 per cent in total cumulative cases. That figure has mostly hovered between 1.1 and 1.6 per cent over the past week.

Ontario has 801 patients (up by 20 from the previous day) hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 125 patients in an intensive care unit (no change) and 87 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by two).

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Greater Toronto Area public health units account for 66 per cent of all cases in the province.

Here is a breakdown of Ontario cases by gender and age:

  • 12,658 people are male (44.1 per cent).
  • 15,811 people are female (55.1 per cent).
  • 1,047 people are 19 and under (3.6 per cent).
  • 7,601 people are 20 to 39 (26.5 per cent).
  • 8,789 people are 40 to 59 (30.6 per cent).
  • 5,766 people are 60 to 79 (20.1 per cent).
  • 5,488 people are 80 and over (19.1 per cent).
  • 239 cases did not specify male or female, and 17 cases had an unknown age.

There are 10,622 people currently under investigation awaiting test results.

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According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 1,652 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is an increase of four deaths, and there are 105 current outbreaks. Seven health-care workers in long-term care homes have died.

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Ontario officials have said there may be a discrepancy between overall deaths and deaths at long-term care homes due to how the province’s health database system, called iPHIS, is tracking data and how the Ministry of Long-Term Care is tracking data.

The ministry also indicated there are currently 1,081 confirmed cases among long-term care residents and 925 cases among staff.

Health-care workers in Ontario account for 4,770 of the total reported cases, which is almost 17 per cent of the infected population.

The newly reported numbers are valid as of 2 p.m. Monday for Toronto and Ottawa public health units and 4 p.m. for the rest of the province.

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