Good news for independent seniors anxious about COVID-19.
More than 9,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were given in Ontario since yesterday's report.
"New modelling from Dr. Teresa Tam and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has put the threat of the variant into cold, terrifying reality", Horwath said in a statement. The Province also confirmed 37 new cases of the COVID-19 variant that originated in the United Kingdom bringing the total to 348.
The province removed two previously reported deaths from the list, resulting in a total increase of 28 deaths today.
In total, 229,151 people have been fully vaccinated, having received two doses of vaccine, which are to be given a few weeks apart.
Meanwhile, the province said earlier Friday that residents aged 80 and older would be contacted over the next several weeks about vaccination appointments.
Kenney says that's nearly 1.8 million people. The federal government expects to get 6 million Pfizer and Moderna doses before the end of March and 23 million more in April, May and June and 55 million in the three months after that.
Globally, total cases of COVID-19 stood at 110.5 million cases with 2.44 million deaths reported, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Centre.
Officials reported that at least 699 people are now in hospital due to COVID-19, including 263 who are in intensive care, and 181 who are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.
As of February 17, 93,850 cases of Covid-19 had been confirmed in Toronto.
Ontario reported a total 290.771 cases of which 273,401 were reported as resolved.
The province reported 47 deaths.
Officials confirmed there are 386 cases of the United Kingdom variant, also known as B.1.1.7, and nine cases of the South African variant, also known as B.1.351, found in Ontario as of Saturday.
The government said case rates are still too high in Toronto and Peel, and variants spreading in the North Bay, Ont., area meant that region also needed to remain under the stay-home order in order to preserve health-system capacity.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says it was a hard but necessary decision to keep the areas under tight public health measures.
Most appointments for those residents will begin in March but officials say some public health units may move ahead sooner once they complete vaccinations for highest-priority individuals, which include long-term care residents.
A lockdown and stay at home order is being extended in Canada's largest city until at least March 8. As such, the reports can change and can differ from past case counts publicly reported.
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