Ontario confirms 2,453 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 additional deaths

Ontario COVID-19 case count

Health officials in Ontario are reporting more than 2,400 new COVID-19 infections as hospitalizations related to the disease reach their highest level since early February.

Saturday's total marks the third straight day that the daily case count has topped 2,000.

The province is also reporting 12 more deaths from the virus-none of which came in long term care homes.

Ontario reported 2,380 cases on Thursday but said approximately 280 of those were due to a data catch-up error.

The daily case count marks the highest single-day total in more than two months.

There are 2,169 new cases reported on Friday from 53,400 tests performed.

She says there are also 397 new cases in Peel Region, 254 in York Region, 129 in Ottawa, 123 in Durham Region and 122 in Hamilton.

This brings Ontario's lab-confirmed COVID-19 case total to 340,692, including 315,865 recoveries and 7,308 deaths.

Ontario has also administered almost 1.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine so far.

Canada's deputy chief public health officer, Dr. Howard Njoo, said Thursday that COVID-19 variants of concern continue to pose a "significant threat" until more people are vaccinated.