Mar 26, 2021

By Gavin Day

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

As she does daily, Health Minister Christine Elliott Tweeted the last numbers. There are 2,169 new cases reported on Friday from 53,400 tests performed. That represents a positivity rate of 4%.

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.

The province is also reporting 12 more deaths from the virus–none of which came in long term care homes.

Other statistics are also trending in the wrong direction.

Just a week ago, there were 13,200 active cases in the province but the latest surge means there are 16,563 in the system.

Hospitalized and ICU cases are also increasing. Health Ministry numbers show there are now 913 cases in hospital with 359 of those in ICU.

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