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Ontario set a new single-day record in COVID-19 cases and deaths, with 3,519 new cases reported on Thursday.
This includes 891 new cases in Toronto, 568 in Peel, 457 in York Region, 208 in Windsor-Essex County, 175 in Waterloo and 174 in Durham.
Ontario also reported its highest number of deaths in one day, with 89 COVID-19 deaths confirmed on Thursday.
The seven-day average of new cases in Ontario is now 3,141, up from 2,982 on Monday and 2,436 a week earlier.
There are currently 1,472 in Ontario hospitals with COVID-19, including 363 in ICUs.
The province completed 65,772 tests in the past 24 hours. The test positivity in Ontario is at 6.1 per cent on Thursday, down from a high of 9.4 per cent on Monday.
There are 218 long-term care homes in the province reporting an outbreak, with 1,258 active resident cases and 1,230 active staff cases.
As spread of COVID-19 continues in Ontario, premier Doug Ford said Wednesday that he would be having a discussion with Quebec Premier Francois Legault to discuss their newly imposed curfew, set to begin on Saturday for a four-week period.
Ford has not ruled out the possibility of implementing something similar in Ontario and said the province is “moving at the pace of lightning” in working towards any additional health measures that may need to be added.