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Ontario COVID-19 cases fall for 4th straight day, 10 more people died

Last Updated Feb 17, 2021 at 3:16 pm EDT

A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto on Jan. 11, 2021, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Rachel Verbin THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Rachel Verbin

Ontario health officials say 10 more people have died as a result of COVID-19 in the province, as daily COVID-19 case numbers continuing to fall for the fourth straight day.

As of Wednesday’s update, the total number of deaths in Ontario sits at 6,448.

The province reported 846 new infections, a drop from 904 cases the day before.

This is the lowest daily case count for the province since February 2 when 745 cases were reported.

However, the province once again cautioned that “case counts may fluctuate” due to continued data quality checks as Toronto Public Health continues to migrate data to the provincial system.

The most new cases reported are in Toronto (257), Peel Region (170) and York Region (131).

Provincial health officials say there are now 345 variants of concern among the COVID-19 cases, an increase of 32 from the previous day. The UK variant continues to be the most dominant, accounting for 338 cases. There are currently six cases of the South African variant and one confirmed case of the Brazilian variant.

The province tested 33,977 people yesterday and administered an additional 9,107 vaccine doses. The total number of Ontarians who have had at least one dose of the vaccine now sits at 489,484.

There are 719 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 and 298 of those are in the ICU with 211 currently on an ventilator.