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    On Friday, health officials in Ontario are reporting 340 new infections of COVID-19. This represents an increase as the three days prior to yesterday all reported daily number of cases under 170. Officially there were 139 new cases on Wednesday, 168 on Tuesday, and 164 on Monday. Today is the first day since June where daily case counts have been over the 300 mark.

    The seven-day rolling average is up to 214 as it was at 170 at this point last week. The Ministry of Health says the positivity rate is at 1.4 per cent as it processed 23,448 tests in the last 24-hour period. Currently, hospitals across the province have 113 patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units and 77 of them are using breathing ventilators.

    There were 80 cases in Toronto, 41 in the York Region, 36 in the Peel Region, 7 new cases in Halton Region, and 13 in Durham Region. Waterloo also reported 22 new cases, Hamilton logged 14 and Windsor reported 23. 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 16 new cases of the Alpha variant and 2 new cases of the Gamma variant. There were 43 cases of the Delta variant and no new cases of the Beta variant.

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