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Ontario/IBNS: Ontario has reported a new single-day rapid surge of 3,519 COVID-19 cases and 89 deaths, pushing the seven-day average of new daily cases to a new high of 3,141, with a test positivity rate of 6.1 percent, Ontario's health officials said.
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With 89 deaths reported today pushed the official toll to 4,856, with nearly 76 percent of all deaths in the province being residents in long-term care.
Of the total 891 new cases are present in Toronto, 568 in Peel, 457 in York Region, 208 in Windsor-Essex County, 175 in Waterloo, and 174 in Durham, Ontario's Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted.
Meanwhile, the number of people in hospital with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and those being treated in intensive care also reached new highs and now sit at 1,472 and 363, respectively. Some 242 patients require the use of a ventilator, the province said.
Discussion about vaccination rollout would be held by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and premiers, but premiers, including Ontario’s Doug Ford, have said the real concern lies with over Ottawa’s ability to get vaccines to the provinces in the days and weeks ahead.