Ontario reports 478 new COVID-19 cases for total of 6,237 and 222 deaths

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TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 22 new deaths linked to COVID-19 today, bringing the total in the province to 222.

The province is also reporting 478 new cases of the virus for a total of 6,237.

The backlog of cases under investigation also grew for a fourth day in a row to nearly 1,600.

And in spite of Premier Doug Ford’s insistence that testing be increased to the province’s daily capacity of 13,000, just 5,573 tests were processed on Thursday.

Of those sickened, 673 are hospitalized, and 260 are in intensive care — most on ventilators.

The province says 73 long-term care homes are experiencing outbreaks, accounting for 931 cases.