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Ontario reports more than 2,500 new COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths

Ontario is reporting 2,557 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the eighth straight day cases are above 2,000, bringing the provincial total to 352,460.

Thursday’s case count is higher than Wednesday’s which saw 2,333 new infections. On Tuesday, 2,336 new cases were recorded and 2,094 on Monday.

It is also the highest case count since Jan. 22 when 2,662 new cases were reported amid the second wave.

According to Thursday’s provincial report, 743 cases were recorded in Toronto, 484 in Peel Region, 311 in York Region, 131 in Ottawa, 119 in Hamilton, 107 in Durham Region and 82 in Halton Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 80 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 7,389 as 23 more deaths were recorded.

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Meanwhile, 324,196 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 92 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,814 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 20,875 — up from the previous day when it was at 20,155, and up from March 25 when it was at 16,081. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.

The seven-day average has now reached 2,341, up from yesterday at 2,316, and is up from last week at 1,794. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 1,100.

The government said 62,290 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 42,057 tests awaiting results. A total of 12,613,463 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Thursday was 4.8 per cent. That figure is the same as on Wednesday, and is up from last week when it was 3.8 per cent.

As of 8 p.m. on Wednesday, the provincial government reported administering 2,276,313 total COVID-19 vaccine doses, representing an increase of 84,060 in the last day. There are 317,715 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson are the vaccines currently approved in Canada. The first three require two shots administered several weeks apart while the fourth requires only one.

— More to come.

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