Ontario reports 41 new COVID-19 deaths, daily cases top 1,000 Patricia D’Cunha

Ontario is reporting 1,072 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, a rise from 1,022 cases the day before and the second straight day fewer than 1,100 new infections were recorded.

Another 41 people have died in Ontario as a result of the virus, bringing the provincial death toll to 6,596.

Most of the new infections are in Toronto with 393, followed by 196 in Peel Region, and 125 in York Region.

The province said it processed 52,504 tests over the last 24 hours – the highest number processed since Sunday.

An additional 13,486 doses of the vaccine were administered, bringing the total of people who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to more than 412,000 across the province. A total of 125,725 people have been fully vaccinated, according to provincial health officials.

The number of hospitalizations remained under 1,000 while those in the ICU remained relatively unchanged at 313. There are 226 COVID-19 patients on ventilators.

RELATED: Ontario to begin gradual reopening of its economy outside of GTA

The province began to gradually reopen its economy on Wednesday, starting with Hastings Prince Edward, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington, and Renfew County and District.

Those three regions entered the green-prevent level, which means the lockdown and stay-at-home orders lifted and restaurants and non-essential businesses can reopen.

The province is transitioning back to the colour-coded system that eases restrictions based on COVID-19 cases counts in respective regions. That system has now been modified to allow some degree of in-person shopping at non-essential stores at all levels, including the grey-lockdown level.

Stay-at-home orders will remain in effect for all but three regions in the GTA until Feb. 16, while hotspots Toronto, Peel and York regions will be the last to transition on Feb. 22.

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