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Canada surpasses 600,000 COVID-19 cases


Shady Salah – Media in Toronto
Canada has surpassed 600,000 cases of COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began as much of the country continues to grapple with accelerating transmission and hospitalizations.
The national total climbed to 600,667 as of Monday morning with Ontario’s latest provincial tally of 3,270. Provincial health officials in Ontario logged 3,270 new cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus today, up from the 2,964 confirmed on Sunday but down from the record 3,363 reported last week.
With just over 39,000 tests completed over the past 24 hours, the test positivity rate today is 9.7 per cent province-wide, a tie for the highest positivity rate ever reported in Ontario. Of the new cases confirmed today, 917 are in Toronto, 581 are in Peel Region, 389 are in York Region, 246 are in Windsor-Essex County, and 131 are in Ottawa.
Twenty-nine more virus-related deaths were confirmed in Ontario today, including 14 long-term care residents, bringing total number of deaths in the province to 4,679.
According to the latest epidemiological summary released by provincial health officials, there are now 233 long-term care facilities in Ontario that are dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19, 38 more than the number reported seven days ago. The 500,000 case mark was set on December 20. Meanwhile, the national death toll sits at 15,865.

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