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Ontario reports 51 new deaths as daily COVID-19 cases top 3,000

Last Updated Jan 5, 2021 at 10:56 am EST

COVID-19 samples sit in cold storage after testing at a LifeLabs testing facility in Toronto. (Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Ontario is reporting 51 new deaths from COVID-19 as daily cases once again topped 3,000.

The province confirmed 3,128 new cases on Tuesday, a slight drop from the 3,270 cases confirmed the day before. It’s the fourth time in the past six days that cases have topped 3,000.

The province said it conducted nearly 35,200 tests in the previous day, which is well short of its goal of 50,000 tests per day. The testing backlog stands at 39,805.

Most of the new cases are in Toronto (778), followed by Peel Region (614), York Region (213), Durham Region (172), Middlesex-London (151), and Hamilton (151).

A total of 4,730 people have now died from COVID-19 in Ontario. More than half of those deaths(2,865) were people living in long-term care.

As of Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.

Hospitalized: 1,347

ICU: 352

On ventilators: 245

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