Ontario reports 2,961 new coronavirus cases, 74 more deaths

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Ontario is reporting 2,961 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 224,984.Wednesday’s case count is slightly higher than Tuesday’s which saw 2,903 new infections along with eight more U.K. coronavirus variant cases. On Monday, 3,338 new cases were recorded.According to Wednesday’s provincial report, 738 cases were recorded in Toronto, 536 were in Peel Region, 245 in Windsor-Essex County, 219 in York Region, 171 in Hamilton and 154 in Ottawa.All other public health units in Ontario reported under 150 new cases in the provincial report.
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Ontario reported 1,674 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 27 from the previous day), with 385 patients in an intensive care unit (unchanged) and 276 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by 14).The government said 50,931 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 61,259 tests awaiting results. A total of 8,643,747 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Wednesday was six per cent, down from Tuesday’s percentage of 7.8 and down from one week ago at 8.5 per cent.As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 144,784 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.Today’s numbers will be available at 10:30 a.m. at https://t.co/ypmgZbVRvn.— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) January 13, 2021As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, the province has administered 144,784 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Meanwhile, 190,221 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 84 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 3,392 from the previous day. [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ]
There were more resolved cases on Wednesday than new cases.Active cases in Ontario now stand at 29,636 — down from the previous day at 30,141, but up from last Wednesday at 26,064.The province notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by the local public health unit on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available. Data may also be pulled at different times.— More to come. Story continues below advertisement

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