Ontario Reports 2,864 New Coronavirus Cases, 25 More Deaths – fr

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Ontario reported fewer than 3,000 new cases of coronavirus and 25 more deaths on Saturday, as hospitalizations continue to gradually decline.

Provincial health officials recorded 2,864 new cases of COVID-19 today, up from 3,166 infections a day ago, but Friday’s case count was underreported due to a technical issue.

Ontario reported 3,424 cases Thursday, 2,941 Wednesday and 2,791 Tuesday.

The province-wide home support order issued on April 8 and the rollout of more vaccines appear to be contributing to a slow decline in daily cases as the seven-day moving average fell to 3,193 today, compared to 3,618 a week ago.

A total of 8,261 virus-related deaths have been reported in the province.

Another 2,939 laboratory-confirmed cases of variants of concern were recorded in the province on Saturday, with more than 2,700 cases of the dominant strain B.1.1.7, which was first identified in the UK.

In the past 24 hours, 3,596 more people have recovered from the virus, resulting in 32,888 active cases in the province.

Ontario labs processed more than 47,800 tests in the past 24 hours, up from 51,338 the day before.

The positivity rate fell to 6.8% today from 7% on Friday.

In the Greater Toronto Area, Toronto recorded 684 new cases, a notable drop from 876 the day before. Meanwhile, 803 new infections have been reported in Peel Region, 285 in York, 125 in Durham and 98 in Halton.

COVID-19-related hospitalizations continue to decline steadily as 1,832 people were in Ontario hospitals in the past 24 hours, up from 1,924 a day ago.

However, the number of patients in intensive care units remains high. Yesterday, 851 were in intensive care and 588 were breathing using a ventilator.

To date, there have been more than 489,000 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases and 447,938 recoveries in the province since the first case appeared last January.

The province marked another vaccination milestone today with more than 6 million doses of vaccine administered in Ontario on Friday night.

To date, around 390,990 people have been fully vaccinated since mid-December. Two doses of approved vaccines currently administered in the province are required for complete immunization.

The numbers used in this story can be found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Daily Epidemiological Summary for COVID-19. The number of cases for a city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, as local units report the numbers at different times.

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