Ontario Reports 1,546 New COVID-19 Cases, Nine Deaths

Ontario Reports 1,546 New COVID-19 Cases, Nine Deaths

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Ontario no longer has AstraZeneca to send to pharmacies running out of vaccines, but expects to receive many more COVID-19 vaccines in the near future, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said.

“Yesterday with Pfizer we received 366,000 (doses), the Moderna that we hoped to have arrived yesterday has now been delayed until Thursday,” Jones said Tuesday. “No line of sight on the arrival date of the next supply of AstraZeneca.”

Each participating pharmacy received a tray with 500 doses of AstraZeneca, she said.

The province anticipates that up to 700 more pharmacies will join the vaccine rollout over the next two weeks.

“And when that happens, we’ll be able to offer both AstraZeneca and Moderna,” Jones said. “We’ll put one in drugstores, so you won’t get both – you’ll get either Moderna or AstraZeneca.”

The province put 50,659 doses of the vaccine in arms the day before and has so far administered 1.6 million doses.

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Ontario reported 1,545 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and nine more deaths.

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The province has now recorded 332,119 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 7,253 COVID-19-related deaths since mid-January 2020.

Ontario has administered 32,556 COVID-19 tests in the past 24 hours and the positivity rate was relatively high 5.7%.

There were 465 new cases in Toronto, 326 in Peel, 161 in York and 99 in Durham.

Testing revealed 13,894 cases of a mutated variant of COVID-19, as well as 1,359 confirmed infections of the UK variant, 47 of the South African variant and 37 of the Brazilian variant.

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