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Ontario sets grim new death record as COVID-19 cases top 3,500

Last Updated Jan 7, 2021 at 4:19 pm EST

A worker places COVID-19 samples into storage after they've run through a machine for analysis at a LifeLabs testing facility in Toronto on May 5, 2020. (Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Ontario reported new daily record highs for both COVID-19 cases and deaths on Thursday.

A staggering 89 more people have died as provincial health officials confirmed 3,519 new cases, surpassing the previous record high of 3,363 cases on Saturday.

The previous record for daily deaths came back on April 30, 2020, when 86 deaths were reported.

Toronto Public Health officials reported an additional 29 deaths on Thursday, pushing the city’s death toll to 2,017.

A total of 4,856 people have now died in Ontario from the virus. The majority of them (2,928) were living in long-term care.

Most of the new COVID-19 cases are in Toronto (891), followed by Peel Region (568), and York Region (457), Windsor-Essex County (208), Waterloo (175), and Durham (174).

The province said it completed nearly 65,800 tests in the previous day.

Ontario surpassed 200,000 total cases on Wednesday, six weeks after it topped 100,000 cases back on Nov. 20.

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