Ontario reports over 300 new COVID-19 cases for 1st time since late June

Ontario is reporting 340 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, marking the first time cases have been over 300 since late June.

The provincial total now stands at 551,678.

According to Friday’s report, 80 cases were recorded in Toronto, 41 in Peel Region, 36 in York Region, 23 in Windsor-Essex, and 22 in Waterloo.

All other local public health units reported 10 or fewer new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 9,392 as 18 more deaths were recorded. However, the ministry of health indicated 16 of those deaths occurred more than six weeks ago and were included due to a data clean-up.

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As of 8 p.m. on Thursday, 53,975 vaccines (11,745 for a first shot and 42,230 for a second shot) were administered in the last day.

There are more than 9.2 million people fully immunized with two doses which is 70.8 per cent of the eligible (12+) population. First dose coverage stands at 80.7 per cent.

Meanwhile, 540,407 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 149 from the previous day.

The government said over 23,000 tests were processed in the last 24 hours.

More to come.

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