Ontario reports over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for fourth straight day

Monday, 29 Mar, 2021

The expansion comes as the province reported 2,448 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and 10 more deaths attributed to the virus.

The province added 2,380 cases on Thursday but it says the count is higher by approximately 280 cases due to a data catch-up with their tracking system.

As of 8:00 p.m. on March 25, more than 71 per cent of Ontario residents aged 80 and over have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and more than 13 per cent are fully vaccinated.

There were 39,470 tests conducted in the past 24 hours with a 6.1 per cent test positivity rate, a sharp increase from the 4.5 per cent rate the previous day.

The seven-day average for number of cases reported in Ontario is 2,037.

Today's report includes 1,675 recoveries and 12 new deaths. Two new cases are people who live outside of Canada.

She says there are also 411 new cases in Peel Region, 263 in York Region, 156 in Hamilton, 139 in Durham Region and 115 in Ottawa.

On Friday, the province announced some changes to the restrictions in areas that are in Grey or Lockdown in the colour-coded framework of COVID-19 safety measures.

Of the new cases, 381 were in the Fraser Health region, 264 in Vancouver Coastal, 45 on Vancouver Island and 58 in the Northern Health region.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 dropped from a almost two-month high of 985 in the past 24 hours.

There are 985 people now hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario. Hospitalizations are up 28 from one week ago while ICU patients are up 84.

In the last 24-hour period, 102 cases of COVID-19 B.1.1.7 (also known as the United Kingdom variant) were confirmed in Ontario, bringing the case total to 1,625.

60 cases of B.1.351 (also known as the South African variant).

To further support businesses and promote fitness during the pandemic, the government is making limited, targeted adjustments to public health and workplace safety measures in the Grey-Lockdown level of the Framework, allowing the safe resumption of select activities where the risk of COVID-19 transmission can be minimized.

"Thanks to the careful planning of everyone involved in the vaccine rollout, we are able to extend vaccination appointments to more Ontarians ahead of schedule", said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott in a statement.

Almost 310,000 people have received both their first and second shots and are considered to be fully vaccinated by the Ministry of Health.

There are now 1,749 cumulative cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, 63 cases of the B 1.351 variant and 82 cases of the P.1 variant.