Rodrigo Diaz M.

Ontario today registers 143 new cases of COVID-19. Today is the seventh consecutive day that cases have fallen below 200. The provincial total of cases now stands at 547,705.

According to today’s report, 25 cases were recorded in the Waterloo and Gray Bruce region, and 20 in Toronto.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 10 new cases.

The number of fatalities in the province has risen to 9,275 with 10 more COVID-19-related deaths.

As of 8 PM yesterday, more than 17.6 million total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered. This represented an increase of 166,201 vaccinations (19,803 of first doses and 146,398 of second doses) in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, 536,987 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, accounting for about 98% of known cases. The solved cases increased by 168 compared to yesterday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 1,443, down from yesterday (1,478 cases) from a week ago (1,816 cases).

The weekly average days reached 155 cases, which is a decrease compared to 164 yesterday, and is lower than 206 last week. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 400 cases.

The government said 31,329 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a delay of 12,433 tests awaiting results. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 16,282,312 tests have been carried out.

Today’s COVID-19 test positivity percentage is 0.5%, the lowest since late August. Last week, the positivity of the tests was 0.8%.

Ontario reported there are 165 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (nine fewer than yesterday), with 168 patients in intensive care units (12 fewer) among whom 114 are on ventilators (two fewer).

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The authorities have identified the disaggregated data of the new VOCs (variants of concern) detected so far in the province, which consist of B.1.1.7 (now referred to by the WHO as “Alpha” and detected for the first time in the United Kingdom ), B.1.351 (now called by WHO as “Beta” and detected for the first time in South Africa), P.1 (now called by WHO as “Gamma” and detected for the first time in Brazil) and B .1.617.2 (now referred to by WHO as “Delta” and first detected in India).

  • “Alpha” or VOC B.1.1.7: 144,762 cases, an increase of seven since yesterday.
  • “Beta” or VOC B.1.351: 1,465 cases, an increase of one in the last 24 hours.
  • “Gamma” or P.1 VOC: 4,949 cases, an increase of 16 compared to yesterday.
  • “Delta” or B.1.617.2 VOC: 3,136 cases, an increase of 79 in the last 24 hours.

According to the ministry of long-term care, there have been 3,788 deaths among residents and patients of Ontario long-term care homes, which has not changed since yesterday. In total, 13 virus-related deaths have been reported among staff.

There are currently four outbreaks in long-term care homes, an increase of one from yesterday.

The ministry also indicated that there are currently 11 active cases among residents of long-term care homes and seven active cases among staff, representing an increase of one and a decrease, respectively, in the last 24 hours.



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