Ontario reports nearly 2,100 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths

Ontario is reporting 2,094 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the fifth straight day cases are above 2,000, bringing the provincial total to 345,234.

Monday’s case count is lower than Sunday’s which saw 2,448 new infections. On Saturday 2,453 new cases were recorded which was the highest single-day increase in over two months and 2,169 on Friday.

According to Monday’s provincial report, 618 cases were recorded in Toronto, 368 in Peel Region, 277 in York Region, 132 in Ottawa, 104 in Durham Region and 74 in Halton Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 70 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 7,337 as 10 more deaths were recorded.

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Meanwhile, 318,932 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 93 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,524 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 18,965 — up from the previous day when it was at 18,405, and up from March 22 when it was at 14,751. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.

The government said 39,470 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 17,716 tests awaiting results. A total of 12,462,570 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Monday was 6.1 per cent which is the highest number since mid-January. That figure is up from Sunday when it was 4.5, and is up from last week when it was 5.4 per cent.

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Ontario reported 841 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 76 from the previous day) with 382 in intensive care units (up by 16) and 236 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by 19).

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As of 8 p.m. on Sunday, the provincial government reported administering 2,031,735 total COVID-19 vaccine doses, representing an increase of 50,453 in the last day. There are 311,248 people fully vaccinated with two 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.

Officials have listed breakdown data for the new VOCs (variants of concern) which consist of the B.1.1.7 (first detected in the United Kingdom), B.1.351 (first detected in South Africa), and P.1 (first detected in Brazil) mutations.

Of the variants detected so far in the province, the B.1.1.7 VOC is currently the dominating known strain at 1,749 variant cases, which is up by 124 since the previous day, 60 B.1.351 variant cases which is unchanged, and 82 P.1 variant cases which is up by 15.

The cumulative case count for a mutation that was detected but the lineage was not determined was 18,907, the government indicated there was an increase of 585 cases in the last day.

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