Increase in new infections reported but number of cases still below 200 – .

Increase in new infections reported but number of cases still below 200 – .

TORONTO – COVID-19 infections in Ontario jumped Thursday, but the total number of reported cases remains below 200.

Health officials have recorded 185 new cases and seven more deaths linked to the disease in the past 24 hours.

A day earlier, the province recorded 135 new cases of the novel coronavirus.

The daily number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario has been below 200 for two consecutive weeks.

The labs processed 19,599 tests on Wednesday, which produced a positivity rate of 0.9%, according to the Department of Health.

Since the start of the pandemic, the province has seen 548,794 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19. This number includes 9,307 deaths and 538,124 recoveries.

The seven-day average of the number of reported cases is 155. As of Thursday, the number was 154.

Where are the new cases of COVID-19?

Most of the cases reported by the province on Thursday were found in Gray Bruce (22), Toronto (18) and Hamilton (17).

Other regions with double-digit cases include Waterloo (13), Region of Peel (13), York Region (11), Region of Durham (11), Region of Halton (10) and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (10).

Ontario is currently in Stage 3 of its plan to reopen. The province will remain in this phase for at least 21 days from July 16 before the vast majority of public health restrictions are lifted.

234 other cases of worrying COVID-19 variants reported

Laboratories on Thursday confirmed 234 more cases of COVID-19 variants of concern in Ontario.

At least 99 of these cases are of the Alpha B.1.1.7 variant. The total number of cases of the strain is 145,021.

Sixty-nine cases were of the Gamma P.1 variant. There are 5,096 confirmed cases in Ontario.

Sixty-one cases of the Delta B.1.617.2 variant have also been reported. The total number of Delta variant infections is now 3,754.

Authorities have also confirmed five more cases of beta B.1.351, bringing the total number of cases to 1,479.

Update on COVID-19 vaccinations

During the province’s eight-month vaccination campaign, 18,604,169 syringes were delivered to arms across Ontario.

This number includes 8,272,485 residents who received both doses and are considered fully immunized.

The province says 125,166 shots were administered on Wednesday.


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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