Ontario logs 2,453 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 more deaths

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Ontario reoirted 2,169 new cases of COVID-19 Friday and 12 more deaths linked to the virus.

The 2,453 cases logged Saturday represent an increase over Friday's total when 2,169 cases were recorded.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health says that approximately 280 cases were added to today's count because of a data catch-up process.

Another 17 deaths were reported Thursday, bringing Ontario's virus-related death toll to 7,280. A majority of the cases (1,494) are of the B.1.1.7 variant, which was first detected in the United Kingdom. Two weeks ago, it was 1,337.

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Of the new cases reported, 682 cases are in Toronto, 397 in Peel, 254 in York Region, 129 in Ottawa, 123 in Durham and 122 in Hamilton.

Canada's deputy chief public health officer, Dr. Howard Njoo, said Thursday that COVID-19 variants of concern continue to pose a "significant threat" until more people are vaccinated.

The province completed 61,005 tests over the past 24-hour period and reported a positivity rate of 4.5 per cent, a jump from the 3.8 per cent which had remained unchanged for the past several days.

Since the start of the pandemic, 6,241 Ontario County residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 104 people have died.

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