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Toronto the lone virus hotspot to see spike in COVID-19 cases Tuesday

Last Updated Oct 27, 2020 at 11:28 am EST

A health-care worker does testing at a drive-thru COVID-19 assessment centre at the Etobicoke General Hospital in Toronto on April 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Toronto was the only virus hotspot in the province to see a significant jump in daily COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

Of the 827 new confirmed cases in Ontario, 355 were in Toronto — a 26 per cent spike over the 281 cases reported in the city Monday.

The other virus hotspots; Peel, York and Ottawa all saw daily decreases from Monday to Tuesday.

Peel went from 215 to 169, York from 90 to 89 and Ottawa from 76 to 58.

Four more people have died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Ontario to 3,103. The majority of those deaths (1,994) were people living in long-term care. There are currently 312 people hospitalized with coronavirus across the province, with 75 in intensive care units and 52 on ventilators.

The latest numbers come amid a drop in provincial testing from nearly 28,700 tests reported Monday, to just 23,900 Tuesday.

The province had previously said it aimed to test 50,000 people a day, but soon found itself facing a massive backlog that led to a change in testing guidance in early October — asking only people with COVID-19 symptoms or those who are in high risk groups to get tested.

At the time, Premier Doug Ford also blamed a technician shortage on the swelling backlog.

Since then, Ford said the backlog has cleared, calling it a “blip” and urging people with symptoms to get tested.

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