Ontario confirms 2,453 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 additional deaths

The latest news on COVID 19 developments in Canada for March 26, 2021

Ontario reported 2,169 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, nearly the same as what was reported on Thursday, as the count of active cases and ICU admissions hit new multi-month highs.

Saturday's total marks the third straight day that the daily case count has topped 2,000. The last time Ontario reported this many cases was 2,417 back on January 24.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health says that approximately 280 cases were added to today's count because of a data catch-up process. A majority of the cases (1,494) are of the B.1.1.7 variant, which was first detected in the United Kingdom.

The seven-day average for number of cases reported is 1,944.

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Health Minister Christine Elliott said the new cases include 814 in Toronto, 411 in Peel Region, 263 in York Region, 156 in Hamilton, 139 in Durham and 115 in Ottawa.

The province last saw this many active cases of COVID-19 on February 4.

Labs across the province processed 61,005 tests for the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, producing a positivity rate of 4.5 per cent. Of those patients, 365 are in ICU and 192 are on a ventilator.

There are 985 people now hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario.

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