Coronavirus Canada updates: Ontario reports 441 new COVID-19 cases, testing falls short of target again

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Coronavirus Canada Update: Cluster in Manitoba continues to grow
Coronavirus Canada Update: Cluster in Manitoba continues to grow

Ontario reported 441 additional cases of COVID-19 on Friday, a third straight day of increasing new daily cases after the province officially entered its first phase of reopening earlier this week.

The number of tests processed by Ontario’s network of labs yesterday was 11, 276, still short of its own benchmark of 16,000 per day. It’s the fifth straight day that the province has failed to meet its target. The backlog of tests waiting to be processed grew to 5,516.

The new instances of COVID-19 bring the total number of confirmed cases of the illness in the province to 24,628. Of those, slightly more than 76 per cent, or 18,767, are resolved.

Some 34.4 per cent of confirmed cases are known to have spread through community transmission, according to the Ministry of Health, while “information is pending” for another 31 per cent.

Meanwhile, Ontario’s official death toll increased by 28 to 2,021. But data compiled directly from regional public health units puts the current toll at at least 2,091.

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