Ontario logs 2,453 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 more deaths

By Canadian Press	
	 		The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Friday

By Canadian Press The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Friday

For the second day in a row, Ontario is reporting more than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19.

Ontario is also reporting 17 more deaths linked to the virus.

Ontario reported 2,380 new cases on Thursday - the highest in two months - even accounting for 280 of those cases being from previous days.

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

Of the new cases reported, 682 cases are in Toronto, 397 in Peel, 254 in York Region, 129 in Ottawa, 123 in Durham and 122 in Hamilton.

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Tam warned, however, that the B117 variant may lead to more severe cases and could prove to be more deadly. But more transmissible variants now account for a high proportion of new cases, health officials said.

This brings Ontario's lab-confirmed COVID-19 case total to 340,692, including 315,865 recoveries and 7,308 deaths.

The last time Ontario COVID-19 hospitalizations were that high was on February 6 when there were 1,021 patients in hospital with the disease.

More than 53,400 tests were completed since Thursday's update.

Canada's deputy chief public health officer, Dr. Howard Njoo, said Thursday that COVID-19 variants of concern continue to pose a "significant threat" until more people are vaccinated.

Hospitalizations climbed to 913, according to Ministry of Health data, with 359 people in intensive care and 215 breathing with the help of a ventilator.

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