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Ontario confirms 78 new coronavirus cases

Last Updated Aug 13, 2020 at 3:32 pm EDT

Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company's lab, in Surrey, B.C., on March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Ontario confirmed 78 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, but said updated data from Toronto Public Health was not available at the time of reporting, leading to an “underestimation” of the daily count.

Toronto Public Health later explained that a technical glitch prevented the data from being reported. The issue has since been resolved.

“There were 24 new cases reported today in Toronto. There were also 24 previously reported cases removed from the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city through routine data quality assurance work,” explained TPH Associated Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Vinita Dubey. 

“As such, Toronto’s current case count is unchanged and remains at 15,548 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

No new deaths were reported by the province, leaving the death toll at 2,787.

The province now has 40,367 confirmed cases, with 90.9 per cent considered resolved.

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