Coronavirus Canada updates: Ontario reports its most fatal day in over a month

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Ontario announced that six more COVID-19 patients have died, which is the most in a 24-hour stretch since nine deaths were reported July 17.

Of the most recent group of victims, one person was between 40-59 years old, while the other five were at least 80. Two of the fatalities involved residents of long-term care facilities, according to the Ministry of Health.

Ontario also reported 122 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. It’s now the seventh time over the past eight days that the province has recorded at least 100 cases of COVID-19. Before the recent stretch, it had stayed below that mark on 14 of its last 18 occasions.

Toronto led the way with 32 new cases, while Peel had 27, Ottawa had 17 and York had 15. Twenty-nine of Ontario’s 34 public health units reported five or fewer cases, while 17 had no new cases at all. The latest patients were identified after labs completed 31,823 tests for COVID-19, the most in a 24-hour stretch since Aug. 1.

Eighty-three more people have also recovered from the virus, meaning there are now 1,103 active cases in the province. It’s the seventh day of the last 10 that the province has seen its active case count increase.

Of those currently infected patients, there are 61 patients in hospital, which includes 18 in intensive care and 12 who require a ventilator.

Throughout the pandemic, Ontario has had 41,935 cases of COVID-19. That includes 38,023 recovered patients and 2,809 deaths.

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