Ontario Reports 1,707 New Cases of Coronavirus; Toronto sets new record with over 700

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Ontario reported 1,707 new COVID-19 cases and seven new deaths on Tuesday, as province-wide positivity surpassed 5% and Toronto hit a new high in a single day.

“Locally, there are 727 new cases in Toronto, 373 in Peel and 168 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.

Toronto’s number for Tuesday is a new single-day high, nearly 100 more cases than was recorded on Monday.

Ontario reported 1,746 new cases Monday, 1,708 Sunday and 1,822 Saturday.

The seven-day moving average now stands at 1,670 cases, down from 1,570 on Monday.

Provincial laboratories have processed 34,640 specimens in the past 24 hours, down nearly 5,000 from Monday and nearly 20,000 from Sunday.

Another 34,000 test specimens remain under investigation.

Therefore, the percent positivity rate after accounting for errors and duplicate testing was 5.1% province-wide.

A total of 3,663 people have died from a new coronavirus infection since the start of March, 118,000 cases confirmed by laboratory tests since January 25 and 100,012 recoveries.

Six of the seven deaths reported on Tuesday were residents of long-term care homes.

There are now 14,524 active cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 12,917 a week ago.

Meanwhile, hospitalizations continue to rise, with admissions to intensive care beds approaching 200.

There are 645 people in the hospital receiving treatment for COVID-19 symptoms across the province, up from 631 on Monday.

Of these, 185 are in intensive care and 112 of them are breathing using a ventilator.

Elsewhere in the GTA, Durham Region reported 72 new cases, Halton Region reported 47 new cases and Hamilton reported 58 new cases.

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