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

Ontario reported 2,453 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 more deaths on Saturday.

The daily case count marks the highest single-day total in more than two months. The province reported 2,662 cases of COVID-19 on Jan. 22. 

Health Minister Christine Elliott said the new cases include 814 in Toronto, 411 in Peel Region, 263 in York Region, 156 in Hamilton, 139 in Durham and 115 in Ottawa.

Saturday’s total marks the third straight day that the daily case count has topped 2,000.

The new cases come as the province’s network of labs completed 61,005  tests for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and registered a test positivity of 4.5 per cent, an increase from 3.8 per cent on Friday. 

The seven-day rolling average of daily cases across the province rose to 1,944, an increase from 1,855 on Friday. The average has increased every day for the last 12 days.

The 16 new deaths recorded by public health units bring Ontario’s cumulative total of virus-related deaths since the pandemic began to 7,308. 

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