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CA, 17 Apr 2021
Ontario is set to provide new modelling projections on the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday as the province considers new restrictions amid a surge in cases and hospitalizations.

The province reported 4,736 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a single-day high since the pandemic began. The provincial total now stands at 403,571, surpassing the 400,000 mark.

The record-breaking case count comes amid a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations and patients needing treatment in ICU. In the past seven days, five of those saw daily case numbers above 4,000. The most recent 100,000 new cases came in just the last six weeks.

The death toll in the province has risen to 7,639 as 29 more deaths were recorded — the largest increase in deaths since mid-February and a third wave high.

On Thursday, deputy chief medical officer of health Dr. Barbara Yaffe said that the situation was "dire" and worse than any other point in the pandemic.

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