Ontario reports fewer than 1,100 new coronavirus cases and 33 more deaths –

Ontario reports fewer than 1,100 new coronavirus cases and 33 more deaths – fr

Ontario’s top public health official says he hopes to see the number of daily cases drop below 600 per day before the province enters the first stage of its plan to reopen.

The province has set June 14 as a target date to begin lifting some public health restrictions, but this is conditional on vaccination rates and a continued decline in some other indicators, such as number of cases and number of hospitalizations.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr David Williams previously said he would like to see the number of cases “well below 1,000” before the economy gradually reopens, but on Tuesday he said the actual number qu ‘he target was actually’ closer to 550-600 new cases per day. “

To put that into perspective, the last time Ontario saw the number of cases this low was in early October, before the second wave of the pandemic arrived.

“There are a number of parameters that go into that to say that we are down and that we are going to stay down, and gradually come down throughout the summer rather than going on a roller coaster”, he told reporters. “Vaccinations are important, but other parameters are also important and they are all moving in the right direction at the moment.”

Williams’ comments came just hours after the province reported 1,039 new cases of the coronavirus, the lowest number of cases in any 24-hour period since early March.

However, Ontario labs processed 16,857 tests in the past 24 hours, a notable difference from the seven-day average of 35,240 tests.

The province’s positivity rate is now 6.4%, unchanged from the previous day, according to the health ministry.

Ontario also reported 1,446 new cases Monday and eight more deaths. The province did not release figures on Monday due to the Victoria Day holiday.

Numbers reported over the past two days continue a downward trend in infections across the province. Ontario recorded 1,691 new cases on Sunday, 1,794 on Saturday and 1,890 on Friday.

The seven-day moving average fell to 1,692 on Tuesday, from 2,287 a week ago.

Another 1,034 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 variants of concern were recorded on Tuesday, with 985 being the dominant B.1.1.7 variant.

Nearly 4,100 more people have recovered from the virus in the past two days, resulting in 19,026 active cases across the province.

Tuesday’s death toll is the highest since May 9, when 47 virus-related deaths were reported in the province. Among the most recent deaths, six were people aged 40 to 59, 18 aged 60 to 79 and nine were 80 and older. The death toll from COVID-19 in Ontario is now 8,655 people.

In the Greater Toronto Area, 325 of Tuesday’s cases were reported in Toronto, while 231 were in Peel Region, 77 in York Region, 60 in Durham Region and 38 in Halton Region .

The number of patients hospitalized with the deadly virus saw a slight overnight bump with 1,025 people on treatment, up from 983 on Monday.

Of those hospitalized, 692 are in intensive care units, up from 687 on Monday, and 498 are breathing using a ventilator.

To date, more than 524,950 laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases and 497,269 recoveries have been identified in the province since the virus first emerged in January 2020.

As of Monday evening, more than 8.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the province since mid-December, with 86,927 shots in the arms yesterday alone.

At least 544,288 people have been fully vaccinated in the province. Two doses of vaccines approved in Ontario 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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