Ontario reports 1,185 new COVID-19 cases as total infections near 300,000

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TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 1,185 new cases of COVID-19 today and 16 more deaths linked to the virus.

Today’s figures bring the province’s total case count near the sobering figure of 300,000, with 299,754 infections recorded since the onset of the pandemic.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says Toronto saw 331 new cases in the past 24 hours, nearby Peel Region recorded 220 and York Region logged 119.

Hospitalizations in the province declined by three to 680, with 276 patients in intensive care and 182 on a ventilator.

More than 59,000 tests were completed in Ontario since the last daily update.

Ontario says that 24,339 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were given in the province on Friday, for a total of 668,104.