Ontario reports 87 new COVID-19 deaths, daily cases top 2,600 Patricia D’Cunha

Ontario says 87 more people have died from COVID-19, as new cases top 2,500 for the second day in a row.

The total number of people in the province who have died as a result of COVID-19 now sits at 5,701. A majority of the deaths (3,350) were residents in long-term care homes.

Provincial health officials reported 2,662 new cases on Friday, a rise from 2,632 cases the day before.

Most of the new diagnoses are in Toronto (779), followed by Peel Region (542), and York Region (228).

However, the positivity rate on COVID-19 tests improved on Friday, dropping to 3.3 per cent from Thursday’s 4.3 per cent.

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On Thursday, Ontario’s associate medical officer of health Dr. Barbara Yaffe said the provincial case rate has started to decline for the first time since November – now sitting at 145.4 cases per 100,000 people.

Yaffe also said the average per cent positivity rate on COVID-19 tests has also dropped, down to 5.3 per cent from 6.3 per cent last week.

The province tested nearly 71,800 people on Thursday and administered 11,168 vaccine doses.

Health officials say 1,512 people are in hospital with 383 in ICU and 291 on a ventilator.

With files from The Canadian Press

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