Ontario reports slight increase in COVID-19 cases with 160 new infections

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TORONTO –
Ontario registered 160 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, a slight increase from the previous day, where the province had the lowest number of infections in 13 weeks. New patients bring the total number of laboratory confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Ontario to 33,476, an increase of 0.5% from the previous 24-hour period when 111 new infections were reported.

“As a result, our positivity rate remains at its lowest level,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on social media. “With 178 other cases resolved, we continue to see a continuing decline in the number of active cases in the province.”

This is the fourth consecutive day that the number of COVID-19 cases reported daily has dropped below 200.

According to the epidemiological report on Saturday, the majority of new cases of COVID-19 – 72 of the 160 infections – involved people aged 20 to 39 years.

People aged 40 to 59 seem to have been the next age group to be hit the hardest with 45 new patients.

Although the number of deaths remains highest in the elderly, in the past 24 hours, only seven cases of COVID-19 have been reported in people over 79 years of age.

The number of patients hospitalized for the disease has decreased slightly. Two hundred and fifty-two people are currently in hospital with COVID-19, with 53 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Of those in intensive care, 35 breathe with a ventilator.

There were eight other COVID-19 deaths reported by health officials, bringing the number of COVID-19 deaths to 2,652.

Where are the new COVID-19 cases in Ontario?

The majority of new cases have been reported in Toronto and the Peel region, which have confirmed 56 and 35 cases, respectively.

The two regions were among the last to move to Stage 2 of Ontario’s reopening plan due to the disproportionate number of new coronavirus infections reported daily.

About half of Ontario’s 34 public health units have not reported any illness in the past 24 hours, with most of the rest reporting five or fewer patients.

COVID-19 tests in Ontario

In the past 24 hours, 33,492 COVID-19 tests have been completed, setting a new record for the province.

In total, health officials have performed more than 1.3 million COVID-19 tests since the declaration of the pandemic.

There are 33,756 test samples still under investigation.



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