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Ontario COVID-19: Officials say there are 3,814 people in hospital and 527 patients in intensive care

Ontario reports a record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations on Friday as well as 42 additional illness-related deaths.

There are now 3,814 people in Ontario hospitals who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, an increase of more than 180 from the previous day. Just over half of these patients, around 53%, were admitted following their diagnosis of COVID-19.

There are also 527 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, up from 500 the day before. According to provincial data, about 80% of these patients were admitted due to COVID-19.

The remaining 20% ​​tested positive for the disease after being admitted for other diseases.

Meanwhile, the province is reporting 10,964 new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases, although experts warn that number is an underestimate due to a lack of COVID-19 testing.

Forty-two more deaths have also been confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in Ontario since the start of the pandemic to 10,522.

With just over 58,600 COVID-19 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the health ministry says the province’s positivity rate now stands at around 21.8%.

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