Coronavirus Canada updates: Ontario reports its fewest cases in over a month, lowest ever positive growth rate

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Coronavirus Canada updates: Ontario reports its fewest cases in over a month, lowest ever positive growth rate
Coronavirus Canada updates: Ontario reports its fewest cases in over a month, lowest ever positive growth rate

The Ministry of Health recorded 258 new cases of COVID-19, the fewest Ontario has reported since March 29.

The province completed 17,429 tests, the third-most it has in a 24-hour stretch, leading to a 1.48 per cent positive test rate (the lowest since March 17 when 963 tests were completed, leading to 12 new cases).

The latest update increases Ontario’s case count to 21,494, meaning it saw a 1.2 per cent increase in growth, the lowest since the start of the pandemic.

Along with the new cases, Ontario recorded 33 more fatalities, increasing its death toll to 1,798. There are now 16,204 people who have also recovered from the respiratory virus, an increase of 359 since Wednesday’s update, setting a recovery rate of 75.4 per cent.

Ontario saw an increase of eight in hospitalized patients, for a total of 1,026. But that includes 184 people in intensive care (down by five), which is the lowest mark Ontario has recorded since the province had 167 people in ICU on April 2. Among those patients are 141 who require a ventilator (down by three) the fewest since the province saw 140 on both May 10 and April 3.

Since its last update, the Ministry of Health has administered 17,429 tests for a total of 492,487, while 17,578 tests remain under investigation, which is the biggest backlog the province has ever had.

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