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Ontario reports more than 1,400 new coronavirus cases, 11 deaths

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Ontario reported 1,468 cases of the novel coronavirus Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 316,359.

“Locally, there are 381 new cases in Toronto, 226 in Peel and 168 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

Saturday’s report marks the largest single-day increase in cases since Monday when 1,631 were reported, though officials said that total was affected by “a data catch-up process.”

Other than Monday, Ontario hasn’t seen a single-day jump in cases as high as Saturday’s since Feb. 7, when 1,489 were reported.

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A total of 297,403 COVID-19 cases are considered resolved, which is up by 1,151 and is 94 per cent of all confirmed cases.

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Eleven new deaths were also reported on Saturday, bringing the provincial death toll to 7,138.

More than 58,400 additional tests were completed. Ontario has now completed a total of 11,707,491 tests and 29,756 remain under investigation.

The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 2.9 per cent, which is up from Friday’s report, when it was 2.4 per cent, and up from last Saturday’s report, when it was 2.3 per cent.

There have been 1,024 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, first discovered in the U.K. (up by 19), as well as 43 of the B.1.351 variant which was discovered in South Africa (up by one), and 34 cases of the P.1 variant, first found in Brazil (no change).

There have been 7,491 other COVID-19 cases that have screened positive for a virus mutation, which is up by 632.

Provincial figures showed there are 689 people hospitalized with the virus (up by 13), with 275 in intensive care (down by seven), 175 of whom are on a ventilator (down by 14).

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

  • 155,855 people are male
  • 158,796 people are female
  • 43,274 people are 19 and under
  • 115,979 people are 20 to 39
  • 91,165 people are 40 to 59
  • 45,254 people are 60 to 79
  • 20,616 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 3,750 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is unchanged. There are currently 84 outbreaks in long-term care homes, 64 of which are reported to have no resident cases.

There are 45 active cases among long-term care residents and 139 among staff.

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As of 8 p.m. Friday, 1,116,496 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Ontario, which is up by a record 53,586 over 24 hours.

So far, 284,686 people in the province are considered to be fully vaccinated.

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