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Ontario reports nearly 2,600 new COVID-19 cases, 23 additional deaths

Last Updated Apr 1, 2021 at 2:48 pm EDT

People wait in line to get tested for Covid-19 at a testing clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Ontario is reporting 2,557 cases of COVID-19 and 23 deaths on Thursday.

It is the highest daily increase for the province since Jan. 23.

There were 62,290 tests completed in the last 24 hour period, up from the 52,532 tests completed a day ago.

The test positivity rate is 4.8 per cent for the second straight day.

Locally, there are 743 new cases in Toronto, 484 in Peel, 311 in York Region, 131 in Ottawa, 119 in Hamilton and 107 in Durham.

Hospitalizations in the province are up 1,116 and ICU admissions up to 433.

It is the highest number of hospitalizations since Feb. 2 and the highest number of ICU patients since the beginning of the pandemic in March.

The latest provincial numbers confirm 55 additional cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first detected in the U.K. and four additional cases of the P.1 variant first detected in Brazil.

There are now 1,953 cumulative cases of the B.1.1.7 variant,, 92 cases of the P.1 variant and 67 cases of the B 1.351 variant first detected in South Africa.

The province is reporting another 1,025 cases where a mutation has been detected but the exact lineage cannot be determined.

There were 84,060 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in the last 24 hour period.

As of 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, 2,276,313 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

The province reported 2,333 new cases and 15 additional deaths on Wednesday.

Ontario is poised to enter a month-long lockdown to try and curb the rise in COVID-19 cases across the province, several sources tells 680 NEWS.

Every region of the province will be placed in the Grey-Lockdown zone starting 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning.

Exact details of the lockdown measures are expected to be confirmed on Thursday by Premier Doug Ford.

Ontario’s Science Advisory Table released its latest round of pandemic modelling ahead of the expected province-wide lockdown.

With the latest projections the table says the third wave has arrived and it is being driven by the rise of more infectious variants of concern (VOCs).

The findings suggest a stay-at-home order is necessary to control the surge and will increase the chances of a somewhat normal summer for Ontarians.

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