Ontario reports 1,268 new coronavirus cases, 9 more deaths


Ontario is reporting 1,268 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the provincial total to 319,374.

Monday’s case count is lower than Sunday’s which saw 1,747 new infections (a portion of those cases were older ones recently inputted into the provincial data system). On Saturday, 1,468 new cases were recorded and 1,371 on Friday.

According to Monday’s provincial report, 366 cases were recorded in Toronto, 220 in Peel Region, 147 in York Region, 71 in Hamilton, 61 in Thunder Bay, 57 in Ottawa and 53 in Durham Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 50 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 7,162 as nine more deaths were recorded.

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Meanwhile, 299,684 Ontarians were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is 94 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,114 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 12,528 — up from the previous day when it was 12,383, but down from March 8 at 11,016. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.

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The government said 33,975 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 10,954 tests awaiting results. A total of 11,789,084 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Monday was 3.8 per cent, up from Sunday at 3.1 per cent but down from last week at 3.4 per cent.

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Ontario reported 699 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 98  from the previous day) with 298 patients in intensive care units (up by 16) and 187 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by one).

As of 8 p.m. on Sunday, the provincial government reported administering 1,191,553 COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson are the vaccines currently approved in Canada. The first three require two shots administered several weeks apart while the fourth requires only one.

— More to come.

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