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34 new COVID-19 deaths in Ontario, daily cases top 4,500

Last Updated Apr 23, 2021 at 12:47 pm EDT

Ontario COVID-19 daily cases, April 23, 2021 CITYNEWS

Ontario’s daily cases of COVID-19 rose back up to 4,000-plus on Friday after dropping to below that mark the day before.

Another 34 people have died as a result of the virus, raising the provincial death toll to 7,863.

Health officials reported 4,505 new cases, a sharp rise from 3,682 cases the before.

Toronto had the most cases with 1,257, followed by 1,232 in Peel, 412 in York Region, and 224 in Durham. The cases in Peel Region mark a new single-day record.

According to the latest data, 818 people out of 2,287 hospitalized were in intensive care and 593 of the critical care patients have been on a ventilator.

More than 56,000 tests were completed in the past 24 hours and the province recorded a positivity rate of 8.8 per cent.

An additional 133,872 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered on Thursday. So far, more than 351,000 Ontarians have been fully vaccinated.

With another 2,727 cases of a variant of concern (VOC) recorded on Friday, the total number of VOC cases grew to to 47,263 — a majority of the cases being the variant first detected in the United Kingdom.