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401 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, 21 more deaths

FILE: People get exercise outside on the lake shore path along Lake Ontario in Toronto on Thursday, April 2, 2020. Health officials and the government has asks that people stay inside to help curb the spread of the coronavirus also known as COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

21 deaths and 401 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Ontario

The province will also be ramping up testing

OTTAWA (680 NEWS) — Ontario reported 401 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the provincial total to just over 7,000.

Health officials say an additional 21 people have now died as a result of coronavirus, raising the total to 274.

The 7,049 total cases mark a 6 per cent increase over the previous day, continuing a downward trend in the number of new cases over the past few days.

The province says it conducted 6,844 tests over the last 24 hour period, pushing the total to over 100,000.

Premier Doug Ford announced this past week that the province is aiming to test 8,000 people per day by the coming week.

The total number of resolved cases has climbed above 3,000 meaning more than 40 per cent of cases in the province have been marked as resolved. However the backlog of tests under investigation grew to just over 1,600 after the province had managed to get that number down to around 1,000.

The number of patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 is 738. Of the 261 patients in ICU, 196 of them are on a ventilator.