Ontario reports spike in COVID-19 cases, recording more than 700 new infections

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TORONTO — Ontario has recorded a single-day increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases.

Health officials confirmed 704 new infections on Monday. Ontario logged 658 new infections of the novel coronavirus on Sunday. 

Ontario also reported four new COVID-19-related deaths in the province, bringing the total number of fatalities to 3,050.

The total number of lab-confirmed infections in the province is now 65,075, including deaths and recoveries.

There were 607 more cases considered to be resolved by officials on Monday. The province now has a total of 55,978 recovered patients. Monday’s test positivity rate was 2.2 per cent.

The record number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario reported in a single day was on Oct. 9 when 939 new infections were added.

The four COVID-19 hotspots in Ontario are responsible for the majority of new cases on Monday. There are 244 new cases in Toronto, 168 in Peel Region, 103 in York Region and 51 in Ottawa.

There are 252 people being treated for COVID-19 in Ontario hospitals. Of those patients, 69 are in the intensive care unit and 40 are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.

Ontario reported a massive dip in the number of tests processed in the previous 24-hour period, with only 31,864 being completed. On Sunday, the province processed more than 40,000 tests. 

This is a developing story. More information to come.

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