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Ontario reports 40 new COVID-19 deaths, daily cases top 3,500

Last Updated Apr 22, 2021 at 10:41 am EDT

A man wearing a face mask arrives at a COVID-19 assessment center in Toronto on Dec. 27, 2020. (Photo by Zou Zheng/Xinhua via Getty Images)

Ontario reported 3,682 new cases of COVID-19 and another 40 virus-related deaths on Thursday.

The latest deaths raised the provincial death toll to 7,829 since the pandemic began last year.

The new caseload was a drop from 4,212 recorded the day before. Toronto had most of the new infections with 1,131, followed by 507 in Peel Region, 436 in York Region, while Durham Region had 200.

The number of hospitalizations grew to 2,350, with 806 of those patients in intensive care — 588 have been on a ventilator.

Health officials reported a positivity rate of 7.8 per cent — a decrease from 7.9 per cent on Wednesday — as the province completed 54,246 tests.

As the virus variants continue to drive the third wave of the pandemic, the province has so far recorded 44,536 total cases of a variant of concern with a majority of them being the variant first detected in the U.K.

Currently, more than 351,000 Ontarians have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. The province administered an additional 134,920 doses of the vaccine on Wednesday.