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    On Thursday, health officials in Ontario are reporting 213 new infections of COVID-19. This represents an increase as the last three days the daily number of cases was under 170. Officially there were 139 new cases on Wednesday, 168 on Tuesday, and 164 on Monday

    The seven-day rolling average is up to 198 as it was at 165 at this point last week. The Ministry of Health says the positivity rate is at 1.2 per cent as it processed 23,494 tests in the last 24-hour period. Currently, hospitals across the province occupy 113 patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units and 77 of them are using breathing ventilators.

    There were 44 cases in Toronto, 18 in the York Region, 31 in the Peel Region,11 new cases in Halton Region, and 7 in Durham Region. Waterloo also reported 14 new cases, Hamilton logged 18 and Windsor reported 17. All the other regions outside the GTA logged less than 10 new cases of the novel coronavirus. The province also updated people on variants of concern. They found five new cases of the Alpha variant and four new cases of the Gamma variant. There were 185 cases of the Delta variant and no new cases of the Beta variant.

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