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Ontario reports 232 new coronavirus cases as record number of tests completed

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WATCH ABOVE: COVID-19 case numbers have jumped to the highest level in Ontario in 10 weeks.

Ontario reported 232 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 44,300.

It’s the second day in a row the province has reported over 200 cases and also marks the highest single-day increase in cases since June 29, when 257 were reported.

“Toronto is reporting 77 cases with 62 in Peel and 27 in Ottawa,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.

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“Like yesterday, 67 per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40. Locally, 27 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with 14 reporting no new cases. Hospitalizations, ICU admissions and vented patients all declined today.”

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There are 43 people hospitalized with the virus (down by six), with 12 in intensive care (down by six) and eight on ventilators (down by one).

Over 35,600 additional tests have been completed, which is a single-day record for the province. Ontario has now done 3,281,455 tests.

A total of 39,717 cases are considered resolved, which is just under 90 per cent of all confirmed cases.

One new death was also announced on Saturday, bringing the provincial death toll to 2,814.

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The newly reported numbers are valid as of 2 p.m. Friday for Toronto, Ottawa and London and 4 p.m. for the rest of the province.

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

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  • 20,789 people are male
  • 23,194 people are female
  • 3,130 people are 19 and under
  • 14,196 people are 20 to 39
  • 13,086 people are 40 to 59
  • 7,745 people are 60 to 79
  • 6,135 people are 80 and over

The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 1,848 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario; that figure hasn’t changed in many days. There are currently 17 outbreaks in long-term care homes.

There are 37 active cases among long-term care residents and 39 among staff.

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