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Ontario reports slight rise in new COVID-19 cases

Last Updated Oct 7, 2020 at 1:05 pm EDT

Ontario reported 583 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, a slight rise from the 548 cases on Tuesday.

Most new cases are in Toronto (173), Ottawa (121), York Region (75) and Peel Region (70).

Provincial officials say 60 per cent of the new cases are in people under the age of 40.

A total of 47,613 people have recovered, an increase of 707 from the previous day which marks the first time since early September that the number of recoveries has outpaced the number of new cases.

One more person has died, bringing the death total in Ontario to 2,988.

Hospitalizations continue to climb as well, with 195 patients in hospital. Of those, 43 are in the ICU with 28 of them on a ventilator.

The province completed 43,277 tests in the previous day, but the backlog remained consistent at 55,413.

Premier Doug Ford has blamed a shortage of diagnostic technicians for the backlog, saying laboratories are overwhelmed.

The province continues to reach out to universities and private laboratories to bolster its testing capacity.

“We have an issue with getting enough diagnostic lab technicians, we’re reaching out right across the province,” Ford said.

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