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More than 1,500 new COVID-19 cases in Ontario, another 10 deaths

Last Updated Mar 24, 2021 at 12:46 pm EDT

The emergency department at St. Michael's Hospital in downtown Toronto on Oct. 20 2016. THE GLOBE AND MAIL/Fred Lum THE GLOBE AND MAIL/Fred Lum
Summary

It is the eighth day in a row that the province has recorded more than 1,500 new cases


So far, 7,263 people have died in the province as a result from the virus since the pandemic started last March


Ontario has reported 11,734 new cases over the past seven days, the seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,676


Ontario reported 1,571 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and another 10 virus-related deaths.

With the latest deaths, 7,263 people have died in the province as a result from the virus since the pandemic started last March.

It is the eighth day in a row that the province has recorded more than 1,500 new cases. The latest case count is a slight rise from 1,546 cases recorded the day before.

Toronto had the most new infections on Wednesday with 459, followed by 309 in Peel Region and 143 in York Region.

Nearly 52,000 tests were completed over the past 24-hour period but there remains a backlog of just under 39,000 samples that have yet to be confirmed. Another 1,531 people have recovered from the virus.

The province reported a positivity rate of 3.8 per cent, a substantial drop from 5.7 per cent on Tuesday — which was the highest rate since late January.

The number of hospitalizations from the virus continues to rise in the province, as well as the seven-day rolling average of new cases.

There was an increase of 25 people admitted to hospital as the total number grows to 893, and of those patients 333 are in intensive care, which is an increase of nine from the previous day.

Ontario has reported 11,734 new cases over the past seven days. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,676.

So far, 1,676,150 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been given out in the province, with the addition of 72,451 administered on Tuesday. More than 302,600 Ontarians have now been fully vaccinated.

With the arrival of the pandemic’s third wave in Ontario, health officials are concerned about the rising levels of COVID-19 variants. On Wednesday, the province reported another 43 cases of the more transmittable variants, as the total case count rose to 1,486. A majority of the cases (1,389) are of the variant first detected in the United Kingdom.