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Ontario reports more than 3,400 new COVID-19 cases, 26 deaths

WATCH ABOVE: Ontario health officials provide COVID-19 pandemic update

Ontario is reporting 3,424 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. The provincial total now stands at 483,057.

Thursday’s case count is higher than Wednesday’s which saw 2,941 new infections. The case count jumped back above 3,000 after being below that mark the previous two days.

According to Thursday report, 958 cases were recorded in Toronto, 900 in Peel Region, 291 in York Region, 175 in Durham Region, 155 in Hamilton, 129 in Halton Region and 127 in Niagara Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 125 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 8,213 as 26 more deaths were recorded.

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Meanwhile, 440,467 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 91 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 3,997 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Thursday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 34,377 — down from the previous day when it was at 34,976, and is down from April 29 when it was at 38,438. At the peak of the second wave coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit just above 30,000.

The seven-day average has now reached 3,369, down from yesterday at 3,432 , and is down from last week at 3,810. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 2,900.

The government said 54,118 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 27,286 tests awaiting results. A total of 14,364,746 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

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Test positivity for Thursday was 6.8 per cent. That figure is up from Wednesday’s at 6.6 per cent, but is down from last week when it was 7.6 per cent.

Ontario reported 1,964 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 111 from the previous day) with 877 patients in intensive care units (down by five) and 600 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by 20).

As of 8 p.m. on Wednesday, a total of 5,740,761 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. That marks an increase of 141,038 vaccines in the last day, a one-day high for the province. There are 384,589 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

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Variants of concern in Ontario

Officials have listed breakdown data for the new VOCs (variants of concern) detected so far in the province which consist of the B.1.1.7 (first detected in the United Kingdom), B.1.351 (first detected in South Africa), P.1 (first detected in Brazil), as well as mutations that have no determined lineage.

The B.1.1.7 VOC is currently the dominating known strain at 83,350 variant cases, which is up by 2,839 since the previous day, 326 B.1.351 variant cases which is up by nine, and 1,055 P.1 variant cases which is up by 54.

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Here is a breakdown of the total cases in Ontario by gender and age:

  • 240,045 people are male — an increase of 1,713 cases.
  • 239,337 people are female — an increase of 1,668 cases.
  • 74,933 people are 19 and under — an increase of 617 cases.
  • 178,820 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 1,424 cases.
  • 139,403 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 954 cases.
  • 65,974 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 380 cases.
  • 23,818 people are 80 and over — an increase of 49 cases.
  • The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

Here is a breakdown of the total deaths related to COVID-19 by age:

  • Deaths reported in ages 19 and under: 3
  • Deaths reported in ages 20 to 39: 55
  • Deaths reported in ages 40 to 59: 401 (+1)
  • Deaths reported in ages 60 to 79: 2,459 (+17)
  • Deaths reported in ages 80 and older: 5,294 (+8)
  • The province notes there may be a reporting delay for deaths and data corrections or updates can result in death records being removed.

Cases, deaths and outbreaks in Ontario long-term care homes

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 3,762 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario which is up by one death. Eleven virus-related deaths in total have been reported among staff.

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There are 46 current outbreaks in homes, which is down by six from the previous day.

The ministry also indicated there are currently 62 active cases among long-term care residents and 163 active cases among staff — up by two and down by 17, respectively, in the last day.

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