Ontario reports more than 4,300 new COVID-19 cases, 34 deaths

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Ontario reported 4,362 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 412,745.

“Locally, there are 1,162 new cases in Toronto, 936 in Peel, 430 in York Region, 301 in Durham and 251 in Ottawa,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

Thirty-four new deaths were also reported, marking a third-wave high and bringing the provincial death toll to 7,698.

A total of 364,353 coronavirus cases are considered resolved, which is up by 3,611 and is 88.3 per cent of all confirmed cases.

More than 56,800 additional tests were completed. Ontario has now completed a total of 13,479,381 tests and 37,520 remain under investigation.

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The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 6.9 per cent, which is down from Friday’s report, when it was 8.2 per cent, and up from last Saturday’s report, when it was 6.5 per cent.

Provincial figures showed there are 2,065 people hospitalized with the virus (up by 110 and marking a pandemic high), with 726 in intensive care (up by 25), 501 of whom are on a ventilator (up by 21).

There have been 32,327 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, first discovered in the U.K. (up by 2,152), as well as 101 of the B.1.351 variant which was discovered in South Africa (up by two), and 207 cases of the P.1 variant, first found in Brazil (up by five).

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

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  • 204,766 people are male
  • 205,558 people are female
  • 62,046 people are 19 and under
  • 151,607 people are 20 to 39
  • 118,790 people are 40 to 59
  • 57,562 people are 60 to 79
  • 22,638 people are 80 and over

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

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.

As of Friday evening, 3,751,316 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered in Ontario, marking an increase of 107,278.

So far, 344,244 people in the province are considered to be fully vaccinated.

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