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Ontario reports pandemic high of 10,436 new COVID-19 cases, jump in hospitalizations


Ontario reported a new pandemic-high of 10,436 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, slightly topping the previous record set on Christmas Day.

Infectious disease experts have said the actual number of cases is likely far higher than those reported each day because many public health units have reached their testing capacity.

Today’s case count is accompanied by a record high test positivity rate. Public Health Ontario logged a 26.9 per cent positivity rate on 59,259 total tests. Monday and Tuesday this week saw rates of 24.5 and 24.9 per cent, respectively.

Another 59,259 test samples are in the queue waiting to be processed.

The seven-day average of daily cases has climbed to 9,183, a sixth consecutive day of new pandemic highs. It is currently on pace to double every five days.

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