Ontario reports 1,273 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths


Ontario is reporting 1,273 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. The provincial total now stands at 528,453.

Friday’s case count is higher than Thursday’s case count which saw 1,135 new infections and a test positivity of 3.6 per cent, the lowest seen since mid-March. On Wednesday, 1,095 were recorded with 1,039 new cases on Tuesday and 1,446 on Monday.

According to Friday’s report, 269 cases were recorded in Toronto, 268 in Peel Region, 72 in Durham Region and 78 in Hamilton.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 50 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 8,711 as 14 more deaths were recorded.

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As of 8 p.m. on Thursday, more than 8.6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered.

Meanwhile, 504,304 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 95 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 2,362 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Friday.

The seven-day average has now reached 1,353, which is down from yesterday at 1,441, and is down from last week at 2,064. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 3,900.

The government said 40,900 tests were processed in the last 24 hours.

There is currently a backlog of 16,002 tests awaiting results. A total of 15,144,303 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Variants of concern in Ontario

Officials have listed breakdown data for the new VOCs (variants of concern) detected so far in the province which consist of the B.1.1.7 (first detected in the United Kingdom and is currently the dominating known strain), B.1.351 (first detected in South Africa), P.1 (first detected in Brazil).

The B.1.1.7 VOC: 123,186 variant cases, which is up by 837 since the previous day,

The B.1.351 VOC: 914 variant cases which is up by 74 since the previous day.

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The P.1 VOC: 2,616 variant cases which is up by 72 since the previous day.

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