The number of new coronavirus cases in Ontario now exceeds 3,400 – fr

The number of new coronavirus cases in Ontario now exceeds 3,400 – fr

The number of new COVID-19 infections reported in Ontario jumped above 3,400 today after falling below 3,000 in the past two days, but virus-related hospitalizations still appear to be on the decline.

Ontario is reporting 3,424 new cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus today, up from 2,941 on Wednesday and 2,791 on Tuesday.

The seven-day moving average of daily cases continues to decline week over week. The average number of new infections each day in Ontario is now 3,369, up from 3,810 last Thursday and 4,176 two weeks ago.

The number of active cases in Ontario fell to 34,377 today, from 38,438 laboratory-confirmed cases last week.

With 26 new virus-related deaths confirmed today, the average daily number of deaths in Ontario is now 26, three lower than the average reported seven days ago.

According to the Department of Health, with 54,118 tests completed in the past 24 hours, the province-wide positivity rate is 6.8%, up from 7.6% last week.

The province also reports that there are now 1,964 COVID-19 patients receiving treatment in Ontario hospitals, up from 2,248 last week. Ontario also saw a slight decrease in the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care week over week.

The health ministry says there are currently 877 patients with COVID-19 in intensive care, up from 884 a week ago.

Of the new cases recorded today, 958 are in Toronto, 900 in Peel Region, 291 in York Region, 175 in Durham Region and 155 in Hamilton.

Ontario has now administered more than 5.7 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Earlier this week, officials said that thanks to the constant and increased supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, about 65% of all adults in Ontario are expected to receive their first vaccine by the end of the month. .

During a two-week period, the province chose to send 50 percent of all incoming doses to hot spot communities with the goal of vaccinating those most at risk of infection.

Experts said diverting doses to sensitive neighborhoods would reduce the overall number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the province, but many said the strategy should be extended beyond the two-week period. Ontario intends to revert to the per capita distribution the week of May 17, officials confirmed.

On Wednesday, Canada became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use in children over 12 years old, but Dr. Isaac Bogoch, a member of the Vaccine Distribution Working Group of the Ontario said it could take a while for the province to begin vaccinating younger members of the population.

“I don’t think we start putting needles in arms probably until June, July because we still have a lot of people who clearly need a first dose,” he said.

Bogoch said approval of a vaccine for more age groups is “good news for everyone.”

“You can create safer schools, create safer activities for young adults and that just helps reduce community transmission,” he said.


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