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Ontario surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 cases with 1,418 new cases reported Friday

Last Updated Nov 20, 2020 at 10:58 am EDT

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

With the province poised to announce new restrictions in virus hotspots, Ontario has reached a grim milestone, surpassing 100,000 total COVID-19 cases.

Ontario reported 1,418 new cases Friday to push the total number of cases to 100,790. Health officials say 84.1 per cent of those cases are considered resolved.

Peel Region remains the virus hotspot with 400 new cases Friday, followed by Toronto (393) and York Region (168).

There were 48,173 tests processed, approaching the government’s goal of 50,000 daily tests. The test positivity rate is at 3.6 per cent, according to the province.

The death toll in Ontario continues to rise, with eight additional deaths Friday bringing the total to 3,451. Most of those deaths (2,193) were people living in long-term care.

The province says 518 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, with 142 in Intensive Care Units and 92 on ventilators.

In a troubling update Thursday, Critical Care Ontario said Ontario has hit the 150 Intensive Care Unit bed threshold, meaning the possible cancellation of some surgeries.

The surge in cases and hospitalizations comes as Premier Doug Ford appears prepared to announce new restrictions in virus hotspots Toronto, and Peel and York regions.

Ford is scheduled to make that announcement at 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. CityNews will be streaming the announcement live on our website and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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