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Ontario reports another 4,400 COVID-19 cases, highest positivity rate of 3rd wave

Last Updated Apr 12, 2021 at 12:14 pm PDT

ONTARIO – Ontario is reporting 4,401 new COVID-19 cases and 15 additional deaths on Monday.

There were 47,929 tests completed in the last 24 hour period, down from the over 56,000 completed a day ago.

The province reports a test positivity rate of 9.5 per cent, up from 7.7 a day ago and 7.8 last week. It is the second highest positivity rate the province has reported since the start of the pandemic. There was a rate of 9.7 per cent on Dec. 29 and Jan. 4 during the peak of the second wave.

Locally, there are 1,282 new cases in Toronto, 772 in Peel, 564 in York Region, 339 in Ottawa and 224 in Durham.

The province reported a pandemic high 4,456 cases and 21 deaths on Sunday.

The rolling seven-day average of cases is up to 3,782. That number is up from 2,758 from one week ago and it is the highest seven-day average ever.

There are now 1,646 people hospitalized in the province due to COVID-19 with 619 in the ICU. It is the highest number of hospitalizations since Jan. 15 and another record-high for ICU patients.

Ontario hospitals started ramping down elective surgeries and non-urgent procedures on Monday to ensure they have the capacity to treat more COVID-19 patients.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said Friday that could increase intensive-care unit capacity in Ontario by up to 1,000 patient beds.

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According to the latest provincial numbers, there are 2,153 additional cases of the B.1.1.7 variant.

There are now 16,540 cumulative cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, 140 cases of the P.1 variant first detected in Brazil and 81 cases of the B.1.351 variant first detected in South Africa.

There were 105,382 vaccine doses administered in the province in the last 24 hour period. That makes three straight days where the province has administered more than 100,000 doses. There were 74,722 vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hour period.

With files from the Canadian Press