ONTARIO – More than 1,100 new cases of COVID-19 were accounted for in Ontario Saturday.
The 1,185 diseases mark a slight abatement from Friday’s all out when 1,258 cases were logged. Prior to the arrival of Saturday’s report, new COVID-19 cases in the region had been expanding every day in the course of recent days.
This brings Ontario’s lab-confirmed COVID-19 case count to 299,754, including 282,315 recoveries and 6,960 deaths. Provincial health officials said that 16 of those deaths occurred in the last 24-hour period.
With 59,416 tests processed in the previous day, Ontario’s COVID-19 positivity rate stands at 2.1 per cent, according to the Ministry of Health.
The seven-day average for number of cases reported in Ontario is currently 1,107. This time last week, that number was 1,016.
Right now, there are 10,479 active cases of COVID-19 across the province.
Where are the new COVID-19 cases?
Most of the new infections were reported in Toronto (331), Peel Region (220) and York Region (119).
York Region moved back into the province’s colour-coded reopening framework on Monday. Currently operating under the red “control” level, non-essential businesses like restaurants and gyms were given the go ahead to reopen with strict public health measures in place.
The stay-at-home order remains in effect for both Toronto and Peel Region and is set to expire on March 8.
On Friday, the province used its “emergency brake” and announced that both Simcoe-Muskoka and Thunder Bay would be moving into the grey “lockdown” level of the framework as of March 1 amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in those regions.
The number of lab-confirmed cases of P.1 (Brazilian variant) in the province remains unchanged at two.
Earlier this week, the Ontario government’s science table released new modelling data that showed that highly-contagious COVID-19 variants are expected to account for roughly 40 per cent of all cases in the province by the second week of March, which could lead to an increase in daily infections and hospitalizations.Update on COVID-19 vaccinations
The province says that 668,104 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario since inoculations began in December.
Of those, 260,972 people are considered to be full vaccinated after receiving both their first and second shots.
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