Canada’s COVID-19 death toll surpasses 10,000

Ontario reported 834 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths on October 28.

The number of daily cases in the province continues hold steady as the number of COVID-19-related deaths in the country passed the grim milestone of 10,000 on Tuesday evening.

To date, there have been 222,887 known cases of the virus in Canada.

As British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec report higher daily case counts than in the spring, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged Canadians are growing frustrated with pandemic rules. He urged people to stick out what is expected to be a “tough winter.”

“It’s going to be a tough winter,” the prime minister said during a press briefing in Ottawa. “It’s frustrating having shut down all of us, our lives through the spring, and now be forced to make more difficult choices, and knowing that it’s going to be a tough winter ahead as well.

“This sucks. It really, really does,” he added.

Labs in Ontario completed 30,010 tests in the past 24 hours, short of the government’s target of 50,000 per day. Another 33,906 specimens are being processed. The positivity rate is 2.8 per cent.

The bulk of today’s infections are in the Greater Toronto Area.

“Locally, there are 299 new cases in Toronto, 186 in Peel, 121 in York Region and 76 in Ottawa,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter. “There are 773 more resolved cases.”

There are now 7,474 active cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. There are 312 people in hospital, including 71 in intensive care and 51 on ventilators.

Ontario reported 827 cases on Tuesday, 851 on Monday, 1,042 on Sunday and 978 on Saturday.

To date, there have been 72,885 cases in Ontario. Of those, 62,303 are resolved and 3,108 people have died.

New cases of COVID-19 in Ontario on October 28

The following regions reported five or more cases of COVID-19:

Toronto = 299

Peel Region = 186

York Region = 121

Ottawa = 76

Durham Region = 26

Halton Region = 24

City of Hamilton = 18

Simcoe Muskoka = 17

Niagara Region = 17

Eastern Ontario = 14

Region of Waterloo = 11

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 8

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