Ontario Reports 185 New Coronavirus Cases, 7 More Deaths – .

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Ontario Reports 185 New Coronavirus Cases, 7 More Deaths – .


Provincial health officials are reporting 185 new COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths on Thursday, as the seven-day moving average remains the same as a week ago.

The province recorded 135 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, while 127 were reported on Tuesday and 130 on Monday.

The seven-day moving average of new cases now stands at 156, relatively unchanged from an average of 155 seven days ago.

Another 149 people recovered from the virus on Thursday, resulting in 1,363 active cases across the province.

Ontario labs have processed nearly 19,600 tests in the past 24 hours, resulting in a positivity rate of 0.9%, according to the Ministry of Health.

The province also identified more than 230 laboratory-confirmed cases of variants of concern as of Thursday.

In the Greater Toronto Area, Toronto recorded 18 new cases, while 13 were reported in Peel Region, 11 in York and Durham regions, and 10 in Halton.

There are currently 141 people receiving treatment for the virus in intensive care units (ICUs) across the province.

Of those in intensive care, 84 breathe using a ventilator.

To date, there have been 548,794 laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases and 538,124 recoveries since January 2020.

More than 8.2 million people in Ontario are fully immunized against the disease after receiving two doses of approved vaccines.

More than 18.6 million doses of the vaccine have been administered across the province since mid-December, with 125,166 gun injections yesterday alone.

The latest figures come nearly a week after the province entered Stage 3 of the reopening framework last Friday, allowing indoor dining to resume and gyms and theaters to reopen with certain capacity limits.

ONTARIO TABLE OF SCIENCES RECOMMENDS VACCINE CERTIFICATES

On Wednesday, the Ontario COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Table released a 21-page brief indicating that vaccine certificates could be useful in reopening high-risk settings sooner or at increased capacity.

These settings include indoor dining, bars, gyms, and cultural and sporting events.

Infectious disease specialist Dr Isaac Bogoch said vaccination certificates could work in Ontario, but it is a difficult concept to apply.

“I think the key here, of course, is in the details and the potential implementation of that, right. It is always a balance between individual rights and freedoms and public health and safety. There is also always the question of fairness, ”he told CP24 on Thursday morning.

Scientific table director Dr Peter Juni said the certificates are a good idea to have in the “back pocket” of the province as the dominant delta variant is spreading throughout the province.

“Now we have Delta and Delta is not going away, things are going to get even worse. We are currently in the honeymoon phase and it’s good to have in the back pocket, but then we have to tackle all the complex issues, including fairness, accessibility, confidentiality, ”he said. he told CP24.

Premier Doug Ford last week spoke out against implementing a proof of vaccination system in the province.

The health ministry reiterated on Thursday that the province will not impose COVID-19 vaccines.

“Our government has made it clear that the COVID-19 vaccine will not be mandatory for Ontarians, but we strongly suggest that people seize this opportunity. To date, this approach has been largely successful, with Ontario ranking among the top jurisdictions in the world for the percentage of the population who have received their first dose of vaccine, ”said a spokesperson for the Minister of Health. in a statement to CP24.

The provincial government had previously said at least 80% of people 12 and older must be partially vaccinated and 75% fully vaccinated before lifting any remaining restrictions.

However, earlier this week, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore suggested that 90% of people 12 and older in Ontario be fully vaccinated before lifting any remaining restrictions.

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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