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6 new COVID-19 cases in London region Thursday

The number of people testing positive in the London region continued to rise Thursday with six new cases reported by public health authorities.

There were no new deaths in Middlesex-London

A woman in a surgical mask waits for the bus near Kipps Lane in London, Ontario. (Colin Butler/CBC)

The number of people testing positive in the London region continued to rise Thursday with six new cases reported by public health authorities. 

There were no new deaths and none since Sunday when the region counted 48 fatalities linked to the virus. More than half are linked to seniors' homes where staff and residents have been vulnerable. 

The list of active outbreaks at long term care and retirement homes include Country Terrace, Kensington Village, Meadow Park Care Centre, Mount Hope Centre for Long-Term Care, Waverley Mansion and Sisters of St. Joseph.

Outbreaks at seven facilities have been resolved. 

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health said this week that the province has tested all residents and staff of its 630 long-term care homes. 

That's meant fewer public test swabs being processes in labs, causing the Premier to express frustration that Ontario is not meeting the testing target of 16,000 per day. 

Ontario reported 413 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. The province's official death toll grew by 31 since its last update and is now 1,993. Data from regional public health units, however, puts the COVID-19 death toll as of Wednesday evening at 2,067.