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    Health officials in Ontario reported a slight jump in new COVID-19 cases with 192 in the last 24 hours. Thursday, there were only 185 new cases of the novel coronavirus and before that, the province logged case numbers below 150 for three days. For the past two weeks, Ontario’s daily case count has stayed below 200. 

    The Ministry of Health says the positivity rate is at 0.9 per cent as there were 19,757 tests processed in the past 24-hours. The seven-day average for the number of new cases is up to 160 and last week it was at 151. There are 136 patients in intensive care across Ontario hospitals.

    There were 43 new cases in Toronto, 25 in Peel Region, 18 in York Region, 11 in Durham Region, and 4 in Halton Region. Officials also found 18 cases in Waterloo, 11 in Hamilton, and 10 in each Simcoe Muskoka and Grey Bruce health units.

    Labs found more cases of COVID-19 variants in the province with 127 of them being the B.1.1.7 variant. There were 6 cases of the B.1.351 variant, 34 cases of the P.1 variant, and 131 of the Delta variant.

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