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Ontario's new COVID-19 cases below 3,500, another 22 deaths reported

Last Updated Apr 20, 2021 at 10:41 am EDT

Toronto General Hospital in Toronto is shown on April 5, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives

Ontario reported 3,469 new cases of COVID-19 and 22 additional virus-related deaths on Tuesday.

With the latest deaths, 7,757 people have now died in the province as a result of the virus since the pandemic began early last year.

It was the first time in less than a week that cases dropped to below 4,000.

Toronto had the most cases with 1,074, followed by 775 in Peel Region, 406 in York Region, and 256 in Durham Region.

The province reported a positivity rate of 10 per cent — a drop from the record high 10.5 per cent the day before — and completed nearly 40,600 tests over the past 24 hours.

Hospitalizations grew to 2,360, and of that total, 773 were currently in intensive care and 537 of those patients are on a ventilator.

An additional 90,409 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were given on Monday, and so far, over 347,500 Ontarians have been fully vaccinated.

However, the Ministry of Health noted that the latest vaccination dose numbers were lower as some clinics had to use paper-based reporting due to the Rogers outage on Monday.

“We expect vaccine sites to input their data into COVax as soon as possible today,” the ministry said in a statement.

According to provincial data, there have been 36,894 total cases of a variant of concern as another 2,471 new cases were reported. A majority of the total cases are of the variant originally confirmed in the U.K.

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