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    Health officials in Ontario logged less than 350 new infections which signify a decrease from Thursday. Specifically, there were 345 new infections on Friday, assisting in keeping the positivity rate low. This past Tuesday, health officials marked the lowest daily total since September 17 with 293 new cases.

    Last week the rolling seven-day average in Ontario was 568 and now it stands at 410. The Ministry of Health said the positivity rate decreased to 1.4 per cent as on Friday there were 26,463 tests processed. Hospitals across Ontario currently occupy 378 people with COVID-19 and at least 352 patients are in intensive care. 

    The majority of the cases are reported to be concentrated in hot spot areas in the Greater Toronto Area. Officials found 85 new cases in Waterloo, 50 in Toronto, 50 in Peel Region, 29 in Hamilton, and 22 in York Region. The province has also confirmed an additional 228 new cases of B.1.1.7 (U.K. variant) in Ontario.

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