On Wednesday, Ontario reported 4,212 new cases of COVID-19 infections. Of the 2,335 people in the hospital with the disease, 790 are in intensive care and 566 are breathing with the help of a ventilator. Since the start of the pandemic, Ontario has recorded 429,123 lab-confirmed cases of the disease. In the last 24 hours, 32 of the 7,789 deaths caused by the disease were reported. A stay-at-home order has been issued for the entire province of Ontario until at least May 20.
Since it began looking for mutations earlier this year, the province has confirmed over 40,000 cases of the variant known as B.1.1.7. The vast majority of the cases reported on Wednesday were discovered in Toronto (1,249), Peel Region (771), and York Region (386). With over 1,200 cases, Toronto is the province’s largest city, and has the most number of reported infections.
In the last 24 hours, more than 2,100 tests were linked back to the strain, which was first discovered in the United Kingdom, bringing the total number of cases to 41,395. Ontario began looking for potentially harmful variants in February and has since discovered mutations in over 28,000 swabs that are awaiting genomic sequencing. According to the province, 136,695 COVID-19 vaccines were administered across Ontario, bringing the total number of shots administered to 4,131,882.