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Ontario surpasses 8,000 total COVID-19 deaths as new cases top 3,800

Last Updated Apr 29, 2021 at 11:13 am EDT

Paramedics bring a patient into Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital on March 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Ontario marked a grim milestone on Thursday as the provincial COVID-19 death toll surpassed the 8,000 mark since the pandemic started last year.

With an additional 41 deaths, 8,029 people have died as a result of the virus.

Health officials reported 3,871 new cases on Thursday, a rise from 3,480 the day before.

The province recorded a positivity rate of 7.6 per cent as nearly 57,000 tests were completed in the past 24 hours.

The most new cases are in Toronto (1,172), Peel Region (901) and York Region (392).

Hospitalizations continue to climb, with a total 2248 people currently admitted, and 884 in ICU.

The province says as of 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, 5,027,770 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

The majority of deaths in the province remain in people aged 80 and over, followed by the 60-79 age group. Three people 19 or younger have died from the virus.

Source: Province of Ontario