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47 more COVID-19-related deaths reported in Ontario, 1,150 new cases

Last Updated Feb 19, 2021 at 3:06 pm EST

The COVID-19 Assessment Centre is located at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto on March 17, 2020. GETTY IMAGES/The Toronto Star/Steve Russell

Ontario reported 1,150 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, a rise from the previous day as another 47 individuals died as a result of the virus.

It’s the second straight day more than 1,000 cases have been confirmed after several days of lower cases counts that were likely under-reported due to data migration issues at Toronto Public Health.

The provincial death toll from the virus now stands at 6,820.

Toronto reported the highest number of new infections with 376 while Peel had 264 and 108 in York Region.

Provincial officials say over 65,300 tests were completed in the last 24 hour period and almost 17,000 more Ontarians were vaccinated on Thursday.

The positivity rate for the province was 2.1 per cent.

There are currently 689 people hospitalized, down from 758 on Thursday. There was also a drop for those in the ICU from 277 to 269.

A total of 217,715 people have been fully vaccinated in the province.

Ontario is expected to provide an update on their vaccine rollout on Friday.

RELATED: Toronto, Peel, North Bay-Parry Sound to remain under stay-at-home order until March 8

The three GTA hotspots will learn today whether or not they will be placed back into the province’s COVID-19 framework, however, the Medical Officers of Health for both Toronto and Peel have asked to remain in lockdown for another 14 days.

Toronto Public Health says while 56 COVID variants have been confirmed in the city, the discovery of new variants is “the tip of an iceberg.”

York Region, meanwhile, passed a motion asking to be placed in the Red-Control zone with additional modified restrictions. Dr. Karim Kurji says while the new variants are concerning, an aggressive vaccine strategy, provincial and local restrictions and aggressive enforcement will help keep cases low.