CM – Ontario reports more than 300 new COVID-19 cases, 13 more deaths


Provincial health officials today reported 346 new coronavirus infections, up from 256 cases on Friday, but fewer than 355 cases reported last Saturday.

Today marks a pause in a five-day series of the province with fewer than 300 cases reported daily.

Another 503 people recovered from the disease yesterday, resulting in 2,729 active cases across the province.

More than 300 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 variants of concern were logged today, capturing 115 of each of the alpha and gamma variants first identified in the UK and Brazil, respectively.

Provincial health officials have said that more cases of the Delta variant, which was first discovered in India, are spreading across the province, but since the province uses a slower process to screen for this variant (full genome sequencing) it often happens Delays in confirming cases.

Laboratories in Ontario processed more than 25,600 tests in the last 24 hours, bringing the positivity rate down to 1.1 percent, compared to 1.3 percent the previous day, according to the Department of Health.

In the greater Toronto area, Toronto reported 64 new coronavirus cases, while 34 were reported in the Peel area, 12 in Halton, nine in Durham and six in the York area.

However, according to the Ministry of Health, there are more patients in intensive care units (286) and 183 of these patients are breathing with the help of a ventilator.

To date, the province has reported over 543,900 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 532,074 recoveries since January 2020.

More than 3.9 million people in Ontario have been fully vaccinated by receiving two legal doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

As of Friday evening, over 13.8 million vaccine doses had been administered across the province since mid-December, yesterday alone the record of 256,260 doses.

The numbers used in this story can be found in the Ontario Department of Health’s Daily Epidemiological Summary of COVID-19. The number of cases for each city or region may differ slightly from the provincial figures as the local units report the numbers at different times.

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