Coronavirus Canada Updates: Ontario reports 1,258 new cases; Health Canada approves AstraZeneca vaccine

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Ontario is reporting 1,258 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 298,569.

Friday’s case count is higher than Thursday’s which saw 1,138 new infections. On Wednesday, 1,054 new cases were recorded and 975 on Tuesday.

According to Friday’s provincial report, 362 cases were recorded in Toronto, 274 in Peel Region, 104 in York Region, 69 in Waterloo, 64 in Hamilton and 52 in Ottawa.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 50 new cases in the provincial report.

Officials have listed 477 U.K. variant cases (B.1.1.7) which is up by 28 since yesterday, 14 South African variant cases (B.1.351) which is up by three, and two Brazilian variant cases (P.1) which is unchanged, that have been detected so far in the province.

The death toll in the province has risen to 6,944 as 28 more deaths were reported.

Meanwhile, 281,331 Ontarians were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is 94 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,007 from the previous day. There were more new cases than resolved cases on Friday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 10,294 — up from the previous day when it was 10,071, but down from last Friday at 10,550. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.

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