Cases soar with 226 new infections reported – .

Cases soar with 226 new infections reported – .

TORONTO – Ontario health officials report an additional 226 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, marking the fifth day in a row that the number of infections has increased.

Data released by the government brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ontario to 550,178, including 539,348 recoveries and 9,339 disease-related deaths.

At least 11 of these deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, according to the health ministry.

The province’s labs processed 20,993 swabs the day before, which officials said gave a positivity rate of 1.1%.

The seven-day average number of reported cases in Ontario is 170. This is an increase from the 160 reported at the same time last week and the 151 reported a week earlier.

There are currently 117 patients with COVID-19 who are being treated in an intensive care unit. Of these patients, 77 breathe using a ventilator.

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The numbers used in this story can be found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiological Summary. The number of cases for a city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, as local units report the numbers at different times.


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