Ontario Reports Over 500 New COVID-19 Cases For Second Day In A Row – –

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Ontario Reports Over 500 New COVID-19 Cases For Second Day In A Row – –


TORONTO – Ontario has recorded more than 500 new cases of COVID-19 for the second day in a row.

Health authorities on Friday recorded 574 cases of the new coronavirus, as well as four other deaths linked to the disease.

The new infections represent a slight decrease from the 590 cases reported on Thursday.

The seven-day moving average of daily cases in Ontario now stands at around 568, down from 889 the previous week.

The province’s positivity rate now stands at around 2.0%, according to the Department of Health, with 28,949 tests performed in the past 24 hours.

As of Monday, 489 people were hospitalized for the new coronavirus. Of these patients, 440 patients are in intensive care.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario now stands at 538,651, including 8,935 deaths and 523,532 recoveries.

Friday at 12:01 am, the province entered stage 1 of its reopening plan.

In step 1, patios and non-essential retail businesses are allowed to open for in-person service. Outdoor gatherings will also be permitted with a ceiling of 10 people.

WHERE ARE THE NEW CASES?

The municipalities with the most new cases of COVID-19 are Toronto (109), Peel (84) and Waterloo (79).

The Porcupine Public Health Unit, which was unable to enter Stage 1 of the provincial reopening due to high positivity rates, is reporting 51 new infections.

CONCERN UPDATE VARIANT

According to the provincial epidemiological report, 1,190 cases of B.1.1.7. variant have been identified by positive laboratory tests within the previous 24 hours. These new cases bring the total number of B.1.1.7. variants in Ontario at 137,307.

The province has also identified an additional case of P.1. variant, bringing the total identified in Ontario to 4,099.

Ontario does not publicly report cases of the B.1.617 variant originally found in India, although health experts say the easily transmitted variant could be the cause of a fourth wave in the province.

OVER 10.8 MILLION DOSES OF VACCINE ADMINISTERED

According to the provincial health ministry, Ontario has administered a total of 10,827,420 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Of the more than 10 million doses administered, 199,951 of them took up arms on Thursday alone.

“I promised you that as soon as we have sufficient supplies, we will scale up to administer millions of vaccines each month. Thank you all for your help in bringing us here, ”Premier Doug Ford wrote on Twitter on Friday to mark this milestone.

Over 1.5 million Ontarians have received both doses and are considered fully immunized by the Department of Health.

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The numbers used in this story can be found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiological Summary. 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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