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2,000-plus new COVID-19 cases in Ontario for 2nd straight day, another 12 deaths

Last Updated Mar 26, 2021 at 12:08 pm EDT

A man wearing a face mask walks past a COVID-19 assessment center in Toronto on Oct. 15, 2020. (Photo by Zou Zheng/Xinhua) (Credit Image: © Zou Zheng/Xinhua via ZUMA Press) Photo by Zou Zheng/Xinhua
Summary

7,292 people have died across the province as a result of the virus since the pandemic started last March


Toronto reported the most new infections with 682, followed by 397 in Peel, 254 in York, and 123 in Durham


The number of hospitalizations and those admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) continues to rise


Ontario reported 2,169 new COVID-19 cases on Friday and 12 additional virus-related deaths.

With the latest deaths, 7,292 people have died across the province as a result of the virus since the pandemic started last March.

Toronto reported the most new infections with 682, followed by 397 in Peel Region, 254 in York Region, and 123 in Durham Region. Outside of the the GTA, there are 129 new cases in Ottawa and 122 in Hamilton.

It is the second day in a row the province recorded more than 2,000 new infections. There were 2,380 cases on Thursday; however, health officials said the case count was higher by around 280 due to a “data catch-up process.”

Thursday’s case count was still the first time more than 2,000 new cases were reported since Jan. 30.

As the daily number of new infections continues to grow, so does the seven-day rolling average of new cases, which is now at 1,855. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 12,985 new cases.

The province completed 53,436 tests over the past 24-hour period and reported a positivity rate of 3.8 per cent, which has remain unchanged for the past two days.

The number of hospitalizations and those admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) continues to rise with 913 currently being treated in hospital. Of those patients, 359 are in ICU and 215 are on a ventilator.

Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, Dr. Howard Njoo, said Thursday that COVID-19 variants of concern continue to pose a “significant threat” until more people are vaccinated.

Ontario recorded an additional 49 cases of the more transmissible variants on Friday, as the total case count rose to 1,612. A majority of the cases (1,494) are of the B.1.1.7 variant, which was first detected in the United Kingdom.

Health officials have said the B.1.1.7 variant is currently the most prominent in the province, representing 50 per cent of new cases.

So far, 306,373 Ontarians have been fully vaccinated, as an additional 82,996 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were given since the previous day for a total of 1,838,592 doses administered overall.