Ontario reports 49 new COVID-19 deaths, daily cases below 1,700 Patricia D’Cunha

Ontario says 49 more people have died as a result of COVID-19 with new cases dropping to below 2,000 for the third day in a row.

The total number of people in the province who have died from the virus now sits at 5,958.

Twenty-five of the 49 new deaths were people living in long-term care (LTC) homes, according to provincial data. A total of 3,487 LTC residents have died due to the virus.

Provincial health officials reported 1,670 new infections on Wednesday, a drop from 1,740 cases the day before. The province reported 1,958 cases on Monday.

Most of the new infections are in Toronto (450), followed by Peel Region (342), and York Region (171).

According to provincial data, 1,382 have been hospitalized with 377 in ICU and 291 on a ventilator.

The province said it conducted 55,191 tests and vaccinated an additional 9,513 people on Tuesday. So far, 305,330 doses of the vaccine have been administered.

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