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Ontario sets new single-day record for coronavirus cases

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Ontario reported 2,447 new cases of the novel coronavirus Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 165,110.

It marks the largest single-day increase in cases to date in the province, ahead of the 2,432 reported on Dec. 17.

“Locally, there are 646 new cases in Toronto, 502 in Peel, 263 in York Region and 173 in Windsor-Essex County,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

A total of 141,023 COVID-19 cases are considered resolved, which is 85.4 per cent of all confirmed cases.

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Forty-nine new deaths were also reported, marking the highest one-day increase in deaths during Ontario’s second wave, and raising the provincial death toll to 4,278.

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Nearly 64,600 additional tests were completed. Ontario has now completed a total of 7,592,554 tests, while 75,250 remain under investigation.

The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 3.7 per cent, which is down from Wednesday’s report, when it was 4.8 per cent, and down from last Thursday’s, when it was four per cent.

There are 967 people hospitalized with the virus (down by 35), with 277 in intensive care (up by two) and 176 on a ventilator (down by 10).

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

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  • 80,980 people are male
  • 83,106 people are female
  • 21,259 people are 19 and under
  • 60,345 people are 20 to 39
  • 47,329 people are 40 to 59
  • 23,709 people are 60 to 79
  • 12,430 people are 80 and over

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

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The province also notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by the local public health unit on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available. Data may also be pulled at different times.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 2,578 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is an increase of 23. There are currently 162 outbreaks in long-term care homes.

There are 1,075 active cases among long-term care residents and 976 among staff.

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