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Ontario reports a slight increase in COVID-19 cases, data error results in overestimation

Last Updated Feb 5, 2021 at 11:02 am EDT

Ontario is reporting 1,670 new COVID-19 cases today and 45 deaths on Friday.

Locally, there are 667 new cases in Toronto, 317 in Peel, 125 in York Region and 100 in Halton.

The province says that Toronto Public Health is reporting 125 additional cases today that were not added during a data migration earlier this week, resulting in an overestimation of numbers.

Even with the additional cases the Friday total is still the fourth lowest number of added cases in the new year. Only the previous three days were lower.

There were over 62,700 completed tests compared to nearly 64,500 a day ago. The testing numbers the past two days are more than double the nearly 28,600 tests completed three days ago.

The test positivity rate drops to 2.5 per cent from 2.6 per cent on Thursday. It is the lowest positivity rate the province has seen since October.

So far there have been 155 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first detected in the UK and one case of the B 1.351 variant first detected in South Africa. The confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant is up 3 from a day ago after jumping 46 cases the day before that.

Ontario health officials said Thursday that more than five percent of positive COVID-19 cases accrued in late January tested positive for multiple variants, including the UK and South African strains.

The province reported 1,563 cases and 88 deaths on Thursday.

The rolling seven-day average of new cases drops to 1,576. That number has been declining almost every day since Jan. 11 where it peaked at 3,555. The last time the seven-day average was lower was over two months ago on Nov. 30.

There is now a total of 275,330 confirmed cases in the province since the onset of the pandemic with 6,438 deaths. Of the confirmed cases 15,772 are active and 253,170 have been resolved.

There are 2,233 more resolved cases.

As of 8:00 p.m. Thursday, 362,749 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and 87,831 people have been fully vaccinated.

Among the active cases, 1,043 people are currently in the hospital. Hospitalizations are down over 200 from one week ago.

Among the hospitalized, 325 are in the ICU and 225 are on ventilators.

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