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Ontario reports 22 more COVID-19 deaths, daily cases top 1,200

Last Updated Mar 5, 2021 at 12:21 pm EDT

COVID-19 assessment centre. YOUTUBE/Unity Health Toronto
Summary

The number of people who have died from the virus in the province now sits at 7,046


Provincial health officials reported 1,250 new cases -- it is the highest case count since Feb. 26


Another 155 cases of variants of concern were also confirmed in Ontario, bringing the provincial total up to 833


Ontario says another 22 people have died as a result of COVID-19 as new cases of the virus top 1,200.

The number of people who have died from the virus in the province now sits at 7,046.

Provincial health officials reported 1,250 new cases on Friday, a rise from 994 cases the day before.

It’s the highest case count since Feb. 26 when 1,258 cases were reported. It is also the first time since Tuesday that daily cases surpassed the 1,000 mark.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said there are 337 new infections in Toronto, 167 in Peel Region and 129 in York Region.

York Region reported a rise of more than 60 cases compared to the previous day, when 64 cases were confirmed.

The province also reported a test positivity rate of 2.3 per cent, which is an increase from 2.1 per cent on Thursday. At the start of the week, the positivity rate was 3.1 per cent.

Health officials also said 1,159 more people have recovered from the virus in the province.

As of the latest provincial update, 643 people remain in hospital due to the virus, with 280 of those patients in intensive care.

More than 64,700 people were tested for the virus since the previous update on Thursday.

Another record 35,886 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administrated in the province. A total of 820,714 doses have been administered overall.

An additional 155 cases of variants of concern were also confirmed in the province, bringing the provincial total up to 833. Of those cases, 799 are of the variant first discovered in the United Kingdom, while 31 are the variant first found in South Africa and three of the variant first reported in Brazil.

Ontario has reported 306,007 confirmed cases of the virus since the pandemic began last March, and of that total, 288,583 cases have been resolved.