Ontario reports fewer than 3,000 new coronavirus cases as third wave of pandemic begins to improve – fr

Ontario reports fewer than 3,000 new coronavirus cases as third wave of pandemic begins to improve – fr

Ontario is reporting its lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in nearly six weeks, but the positivity rate remains extremely high, underscoring the precarious situation the province finds itself in.

The health ministry said there were 2,716 new cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus confirmed on Sunday, along with 19 other deaths.

This is the lowest number in a single day since 2,557 cases were reported on April 1.

The seven-day moving average now stands at 3017. This represents a drop of almost 16% from the same period last week (3,917) and 30% from three weeks ago, when the the seven-day average was 4,347.

The positivity rates remain high, however.

On Sunday, labs in Ontario processed just 27,175 tests and about 9 percent of them came back positive. While it’s typical for test numbers to be lower over the weekend, the number hasn’t been so low since February 16. It is also the highest positivity rate since last Monday.

More than 55% of the new cases confirmed on Monday are in Toronto (807) or Peel Region (707).

Elsewhere in the Greater Toronto Area, York has recorded 294 cases, Durham 168 and Halton 95.

In Halton’s case, this is the region’s lowest daily case count since April 7.

“We will soon begin to realize many benefits of vaccination,” predicted infectious disease specialist Dr Issac Bogoch in an interview with CP24 on Monday morning. I know when you look around you see a high number of cases and the health care systems stretched out, but in the coming weeks we will have so many people vaccinated, more and more people with the single dose. and believe it or not, more and more people who will also start receiving a second dose where we will have more and more protection at the community level and that will have an impact on the number of cases.

Ontario put a home stay order into effect in April, with record hospitalizations raising the specter that doctors could eventually have to make impossible decisions about who to provide the highest level of care.

The number of cases began to decline soon after, but it took much longer to see a drop in hospitalizations, especially in intensive care units.

However, there are now positive signs on this front as well.

According to the latest data, there are currently 1,632 people hospitalized with COVID-19, 828 of them being treated in intensive care. The data does not include the number of patients from about 10 percent of hospitals who failed to upload information to the provincial database over the weekend.

The number of people in the hospital peaked at 2,360 on April 20, while the number of intensive care units reached 900 on May 1 and has been declining slowly but steadily since then.

Speaking to CP24, Bogoch said Ontario’s intensive care units are “still struggling,” but said there were now “real signs of decompression” and some of the alarming scenarios predicted by modeling will not materialize.

This could eventually lead to some relaxation of some public health restrictions, although the current stay-at-home order will remain in effect until at least May 20.

“I think we’ll actually have a better summer than last year. Of course, I don’t think we’re going to have a summer of 2019. But we have so much access to the vaccine that it will really impact our situation in Canada, ”Bogoch said. “If you look at places that are a few months ahead of us like the US, UK, Israel, they’re all relaxing a lot of their restrictions right now. It’s not quite like a return to normal, but it’s definitely further down this spectrum than we are and we’re going to get there. We’re going to get there faster than we think.

About 40% of Ontario adults have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

In Peel, York and Toronto, at least 50 percent of adults have received at least one dose.


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