Provincial authorities confirmed 176 new infections on Saturday. While this is the ninth consecutive day with fewer than 200 new cases, it is the highest total reported since 179 last Saturday.
There are 37 new cases reported in Toronto, 20 in Waterloo Region, 20 in Peel Region and 11 in York Region.
Three more people died from the virus, bringing the provincial total to 9,288.
The province says 169,103 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered on Friday – on the seventh day in a row, fewer than 200,000 doses were administered. In total, more than 17.9 million doses of vaccine have been administered to date.
The province says 79% of adult Ontarians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 60% are fully immunized.
Graphics courtesy of @jwan_md
Canada has now surpassed the United States in the percentage of people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 ages 12 and older, according to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Canada. Over 50 percent of Canadians aged 12 and over have now been fully immunized, compared to just over 48 percent of Americans.
A total of 21,392 tests were processed in the past 24 hours, with the positivity rate remaining at 0.6%.
132 cases have been identified as the Delta variant, which continues to be the fastest growing variant of concern in the province. Only 11 cases of the Alpha variant – the one first discovered in the UK – have been reported.
Ontario entered Stage 3 of the province’s plan to reopen Friday, which allows gymnasiums, cinemas, theaters, museums and other venues to reopen for domestic service.
Meals inside restaurants are also allowed and nightclubs may reopen with capacity limits.
Social gatherings of up to 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors are now allowed.