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Ontario reports more than 3,400 new coronavirus cases, 40 deaths

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Ontario reported 3,443 new cases of the novel coronavirus Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 211,837.

“Locally, there are 1,070 new cases in Toronto, 548 in Peel, 303 in York Region, 282 in Windsor-Essex County and 179 in Ottawa,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

Forty additional deaths were also announced, bringing the provincial death toll to 4,922.

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Meanwhile, 178,224 COVID-19 cases are considered resolved, which is 84.1 per cent of all confirmed cases.

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A total of 72,900 additional tests were completed. Ontario has now completed a total of 8,439,303 tests and 61,228 remain under investigation.

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The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 5.3 per cent, which is down from Friday, when it was 6.2 per cent, and down from last Saturday, when it was six per cent.

Provincial figures showed there are 1,457 people hospitalized with the virus (up by 11), with 382 in intensive care (up by 13), and 244 on a ventilator (down by six).

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

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  • 103,414 people are male
  • 107,079 people are female
  • 27,501 people are 19 and under
  • 77,259 people are 20 to 39
  • 61,159 people are 40 to 59
  • 30,625 people are 60 to 79
  • 15,240 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 2,952 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is an increase of 23. There are currently 228 outbreaks in long-term care homes.

There are 1,412 active cases among long-term care residents and 1,224 among staff.

As of 8 p.m. Friday, more than 103,260 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Ontario.

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