Rodrigo Diaz M.

Ontario is registering 146 new COVID-19 cases today, making today the fifth consecutive day that cases have fallen below 200. The provincial total of cases now stands at 547,409.

Yesterday 114 cases were registered, on Sunday 166 and Saturday 179.

According to today’s report, 43 cases were recorded in Toronto, 36 in the Waterloo region, 13 in the Peel region, 11 in Hamilton and 10 in Middlesex-London.

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

The death toll in the province has risen to 9,258 with seven more COVID-19-related deaths.

As of 8 PM yesterday, more than 17.1 million total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered. This represented an increase of 176,834 vaccinations (19,100 of first doses and 157,734 of second doses) in the last 24 hours.

There are more than 7.1 million people fully immunized with two doses, which represents 57.2% of the adult population (over 18 years). The coverage of the first dose in adults is 79.4%.

Meanwhile, 536,603 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, accounting for about 98% of known cases. The solved cases increased by 201 compared to yesterday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 1,548, which is down from yesterday (1,610 cases), and from July 6 (1,883 cases).

The weekly average has reached 170 cases, which is a decrease compared to the 184 of yesterday, and is lower than the 215 of last week. A month ago, the seven-day average was about 500 cases.

The government said that 17,489 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a delay of 140.23 tests awaiting results. Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 16,221,898 tests have been carried out.

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Today’s COVID-19 test positivity percentage is 0.8%. Last week, the positivity of the tests was 0.9%.

Ontario reported that there are 173 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (31 more than yesterday), with 192 patients in intensive care units (12 fewer), of which 123 patients are on ventilators (no change).

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: 144,745 cases, an increase of 31 since yesterday.
  • “Beta” or VOC B.1.351: 1,448 variant cases, an increase of eight in the last 24 hours.
  • “Gamma” or P.1 VOC: 4,859 variant cases, an increase of 41 compared to yesterday.
  • “Delta” or B.1.617.2 VOC: 2,752 cases, an increase of 41 in the last 24 hours.

According to the long-term care ministry, there have been 3,788 deaths among residents and patients of Ontario long-term care homes, an increase of two deaths since yesterday. In total, 13 virus-related deaths have been reported among staff.

There are 5 current outbreaks in long-term care residences, an increase of one from yesterday. The ministry also indicated that there are currently 13 active cases among residents of long-term care homes and 14 active cases among staff, representing a decrease of five and an increase of four, respectively, in the last 24 hours.

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