Coronavirus Canada updates: Least fatal stretch in Ontario in months, but most cases this week

Coronavirus Canada Update: Five more COVID-19 deaths in Manitoba on Valentine’s Day
Coronavirus Canada Update: Five more COVID-19 deaths in Manitoba on Valentine’s Day

Ontario reported nine COVID-19 related victims in its latest 24-hour stretch, the fewest since April 1.

The latest update increases its death toll to 2,507. The victims are among its 31,992 total cases of COVID-19, after the Ministry of Health identified 266 new cases of COVID-19.

It’s the most cases Ontario has identified this week in a 24-hour stretch, but it also marks the seventh straight day the province has stayed below 300 daily cases, which it hasn’t done since the early stages of the pandemic in March.

The latest patients were identified after health officials completed 27,456 tests for COVID-19. It’s the fourth straight day they’ve surpassed their goal of 16,000.

Of the 266 cases, 182 of them were identified in the Greater Toronto Area.

There are now 26,538 people who have recovered from the virus, an increase of 351 since Friday’s update. There remains 2,947 active cases around the province, the fewest since April 7.

Among those active patients, there are 489 people in hospital (down by 38), which includes 110 in intensive care (down by four) and 68 who require a ventilator (down by 16).

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there remains 63 facilities that are currently experiencing outbreaks. Among those LTCs, there are 539 active cases among residents (down by 72) and 503 among staff (down by 40). Throughout the pandemic, 1,786 residents (up by 10) and seven staff have died.

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