Ontario sees largest one-day jump in new cases of COVID-19

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Ontario is reporting 550 new COVID-19 cases today, the largest single-day increase so far, including 21 more deaths.

That brings the total in the province to 5,276 cases, including 174 deaths and 2,074 resolved.

The new cases represent an 11.6 per cent increase over Tuesday's total cases.

The number of people in hospital dropped since Tuesday, from 614 to 605, but more people are now in intensive care and on ventilators.

A backlog of pending tests that had nearly been cleared has now grown, and is up to more than 1,100.

About 3,200 tests were reported as completed in the past 24 hours. The government says Ontario's capacity is actually at 13,000 tests per day now, but only about 3,500 are being submitted through assessment centres.