Ontario has reported that 16 more people have died from COVID-19, with the province confirming its highest number of cases in a single day in more than two months.
Provincial health officials say 2,453 new infections were confirmed on Saturday – the third day in a row new cases have surpassed 2,000. Ontario last reported that number of cases at 2,417 on January 24.
Ontario reported 2,380 cases on Thursday, but said about 280 of them were due to a data catch-up error.
Ontario recorded another 35 cases of the most transmissible variants on Saturday, as the total number rose to 1,647. The majority of cases (1,523) are of the B.1.1.7 variant, which was detected for first time in UK.
The seven-day moving average of new cases now stands at 1,944. A week ago the average was 1,532 while two weeks ago the seven-day average was 1,337.
Toronto reported the most new infections with 814, followed by 411 in Peel Region and 263 in York Region.
Hamilton, which is expected to enter the Gray-Lockdown zone on Monday, reported 156 new infections.
A resident in a long-term care facility is among 16 more deaths, pushing the province’s death toll to more than 7,300 since the pandemic began in March.
The province has performed 61,005 tests in the past 24 hours and reported a 4.5% positivity rate, a jump from the 3.8% that had remained unchanged in the past few days.
The number of people admitted to hospital with COVID-19 is 985 – the highest total since early February. Of these patients, 365 are in intensive care and 192 are on a ventilator.
Provincial officials say an additional 77,740 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given on Friday, bringing the total number of doses to 1,916,332.