Ontario is reporting 1,074 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the provincial total to 320,448.
Tuesday’s case count is lower than Monday’s which saw 1,268 new infections. On Sunday, 1,747 new cases were recorded (a portion of those cases were older ones recently inputted into the provincial data system) and 1,468 on Saturday.
According to Tuesday’s provincial report, 313 cases were recorded in Toronto, 199 in Peel Region, 101 in York Region, and 66 in both Hamilton and Ottawa,
All other local public health units reported fewer than 50 new cases in the provincial report.
The death toll in the province has risen to 7,173 as 11 more deaths were recorded.
Officials have listed breakdown data for the new VOCs (variants of concern) which consist of the B.1.1.7 (first detected in the United Kingdom), B.1.351 (first detected in South Africa), and P.1 (first detected in Brazil) mutations.
The B.1.1.7 VOC is currently the dominating known strain at 1,131 variant cases, which is up by 25 since yesterday, 46 B.1.351 variant cases which is up by two, and 34 P.1 variant cases which is unchanged, that have been detected so far in the province.
The cumulative case count for a mutation that was detected but the lineage was not determined was 9,131, an increase of 501, the government indicated.
Meanwhile, 300,769 Ontarians were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is 94 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,085 from the previous day.
Active cases in Ontario now stand at 12,506 — down from the previous day when it was at 12,528, but is up from March 9 when it was at 11,223. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.
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The government said 28,526 tests were processed in the last 24 hours which is the fewest number of tests in the last three weeks. There is currently a backlog of 27,448 tests awaiting results. A total of 11,817,610 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.
Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Tuesday was 4.5 per cent, up from Monday at 3.8 per cent, and up from last week at 3.7 per cent.
Ontario reported 761 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 62 from the previous day) with 292 patients in intensive care units (down by six) and 194 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by seven).
As of 8 p.m. on Monday, the provincial government reported administering 1,243,132 COVID-19 vaccine doses, representing an increase of 51,579 in the last day. There are 288,918 people fully vaccinated with two doses.
Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson are the vaccines currently approved in Canada. The first three require two shots administered several weeks apart while the fourth requires only one.
— More to come.
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