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Ontario's COVID-19 cases above 400 for 3rd time this week

Last Updated Sep 24, 2020 at 11:40 am 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 Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Ontario is reporting 409 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, an increase from the 335 cases that were confirmed on Wednesday.

The most new cases are in Toronto (151), followed by Peel (46) and Ottawa (82).

One more person has died, raising the provincial death toll to 2,836.

In a tweet, Health Minister Christine Elliott said 63 per cent of Thursday’s cases are people under the age of 40.

A total of 48,496 people have now tested positive for the coronavirus in the province, with 86.4 per cent having recovered.

Provincial health officials say 30,634 tests were processed in the previous 24 hours, however, Public Health Ontario says due to an “unexpected outage” experienced at its laboratory, the tests completed value is “incomplete” and that missed volumes will be included in tomorrow’s report.

There are currently more than 53,000 tests that still need to be processed, up from 48,000 the previous day.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 31 new cases of COVID-19 in schools – 24 of them are students. Out of more than 4,800 schools across the province, 178 have reported at least one case of coronavirus and only two schools have closed as a result of an outbreak.