Province reports drop in cases after four days above 150 mark – .

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Province reports drop in cases after four days above 150 mark – .


TORONTO – After four consecutive days of new COVID-19 cases greater than 150, the number of infections in Ontario has fallen further.

Health officials reported 119 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, as well as three additional deaths linked to the disease.

The new infections bring the seven-day moving average of daily cases to around 157, up slightly from 152 the week before.

Ontario reported 172 cases Sunday, 170 Saturday, 192 Friday and 185 Thursday.

Infectious disease expert Dr Isaac Bogoch told CP24 on Monday that an increase in cases is not unexpected as restrictions are relaxed in Ontario.

“I think anytime you see an increase in the number of cases, anytime you see an increase in the seven-day average, you can never ignore it. It is important to watch obviously [but] you don’t panic, you don’t have to worry too much, too much, but you still have to watch it and take it seriously, ”he said.

“It’s probably a real trend, it probably is. I think the question is how big will it be? “

Ontario moved to Stage 3 of the province’s plan to reopen on July 16, allowing restaurants inside to return and facilities like movie theaters and gymnasiums to open.

While cases appeared to be on the rise over the past few days, the number of patients in Ontario’s intensive care units (ICUs) continues to decline.

The health ministry says 95 people are being treated for the disease in intensive care units across the province. However, that number jumps to 131 when patients who are still being treated for the sequelae of COVID-19 are taken into account.

Seventy-nine breathe using a ventilator.

The total number of laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Ontario now stands at 549,447, including 9,316 deaths and 538,702 recoveries.

According to the Ministry of Health, with just over 11,900 COVID-19 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the positivity rate in Ontario is now around 1%.

WHERE ARE THE NEW CASES OF COVID-19?

Of the new cases reported Monday, 22 were located in Toronto, while 15 were in Hamilton, 14 in Waterloo and 13 in Peel Region.

Thirteen public health units reported no cases of COVID-19 while 15 reported fewer than five new infections.

Nineteen more cases of Alpha B.1.1.7. variant have been identified in positive lab tests across Ontario within the past 24 hours. This brings the total number of cases to 145,405.

There were also three other cases of the Delta B.1.617 variant identified in the province.

OVER 8.6 MILLION FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE

In the past 24 hours, the province has administered 65,920 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

This brings the total number of shots to just over 19 million.

There are 8,625,932 people who received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and are considered fully vaccinated.

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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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