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TORONTO – Ontario health authorities are reporting 135 new cases of COVID-19 as well as four additional deaths linked to the disease.

Wednesday’s report brings the total number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province to 548,609, including 537,975 recoveries and 9,300 deaths.

The labs processed 20,750 tests in the past 24 hours, yielding a positivity rate of 0.8%, according to the Department of Health.

This is the 13th consecutive day that the number of cases in Ontario has remained below 200.

The seven-day moving average of the number of reported cases in the province is 149. A week ago the number was 164.

Right now, the province says there are 139 hospitalized patients with COVID-19.

Where are the new cases of COVID-19?

Most of the cases reported by the province on Wednesday were found in Toronto (26), Peel Region (16) and Durham Region (13).

Double-digit case numbers were also found in Waterloo (12) and Middlesex-London (10).

Ontario is currently in Stage 3 of its plan to reopen, which allows for the most lenient public health restrictions the province has seen in months.

Prime Minister Doug Ford’s government has said the final step in its plan to reopen, which will see the lifting of virtually all remaining public health restrictions, cannot begin until at least 80% of 12-year-olds and more were partially vaccinated and 75% percent were fully vaccinated.

However, during a briefing on Tuesday, Ontario’s top doctor said the province needs to fully vaccinate 90 percent of eligible residents to account for the risk of the Delta variant.

“I wish Ontario had one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. The modeling, however, tells us that once we have about 90 percent of the eligible population immunized, the risk of Delta will be less for us, ”Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore said.

517 more cases of worrying COVID-19 variants confirmed

Ontario labs on Tuesday confirmed 517 more cases of COVID-19 variants of concern.

At least 353 of these cases are Delta B.1.617.2, bringing the total to 3,693.

Ninety-nine are of the Alpha B.1.1.7 variant. There are 144,922 confirmed cases of the strain in the province.

Another 58 cases involved the Gamma P.1 variant, bringing the total number of cases to 5,027.

Seven cases of the beta B.1.351 variant were also confirmed. There are 1,474 cases of this mutation in Ontario.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Clinics administered 140,491 doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, bringing the total number of doses administered throughout the province’s vaccination campaign to 18,429,003.

This number includes 8,165,247 people who received both doses and are considered fully vaccinated.

With files from Chris Fox of CP24.

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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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