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Ontario confirms 413 new coronavirus cases, 31 more deaths

Last Updated May 21, 2020 at 2:39 pm EDT

Healthcare workers do testing at a drive-thru COVID-19 assessment centre at the Etobicoke General Hospital in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ontario confirmed 413 new cases of novel coronavirus on Thursday. There were 390 cases reported yesterday.

Thirty-one more people have died, bringing the total death count to 1,993.

Of the 1,993 total deaths, 1,242 were in long-term care, Public Health Ontario reports. The Ministry of Long-Term Care reports that 1,452 people who died were in long-term care – a discrepancy attributed to a lag in reported deaths.

The provincial total of confirmed cases now stands at 24,187 with 76.5 per cent considered resolved.

Ontario’s growth rate in cases has steadily hovered between 1.5 and 1.9 per cent for 11 of the past 12 days.

The numbers of people in hospital with COVID-19, in intensive care and on ventilators all declined in the past day.

Ontario completed 10,506 tests in the previous day, marking a fourth straight day the province has fallen short of its goal of doing at least 16,000 tests per day.

On Wednesday Premier Doug Ford said he was shocked by the recent drop in COVID-19 tests in the province.

Data showed less than 10,000 tests had been processed on three consecutive days.

Ford said the number of tests must increase, adding he won’t hesitate to roll back recovery measures if there’s a surge in new cases.

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