Ontario reports less than 300 new COVID-19 cases

Ontario reports less than 300 new COVID-19 cases

Ontario reports less than 300 new COVID-19 cases

Scarsin Forecasting, which models COVID-19 trends for Hamilton, predicts that, under the best-case scenario, Delta will make up 78 per cent of cases in Ontario by the end of August, leading to 465 cases, 27 hospitalizations and 16 deaths. That means the figure does not necessarily reflect the real number of people who are experiencing COVID-related symptoms.

The Ministry of Health says 397 people are in hospital because of the novel coronavirus - 362 in intensive care. At its height, about 420 patients were in ICUs and 315 or so people were on ventilators.

Since yesterday's update, there have been 28 new hospitalizations, and six more COVID patients admitted to intensive care units.

The health unit, which includes the city of Timmins, did not move to the first stage of the province's reopening plan last week.

The rolling seven-day average has dropped to 478, reaching the lowest point since late September.

In a tweet, Minister of Health Christine Elliott said Waterloo Region accounts for 71 of Ontario's 384 cases on Wednesday. Ontario is now averaging more than 180,000 shots per day. Almost 90 per cent of people in Niagara 60 and older have at least one vaccine dose, but for people under 40, that number is closer too 60 per cent.

The last time the province recorded a positivity rate of 1.3 per cent was on October 2, before the peak of the second and third waves.

Another key benchmark is at least 20 per cent of adults fully immunized against the illness.

Over two million Ontarians have now received both doses of the vaccine and the City of Toronto announced that 20 per cent of residents are now fully vaccinated. Currently, there's a lot of competition for appointments as mostly older people try to book second doses and mostly younger people try for their firsts.

Officials in a northern Ontario health unit say children, adults under 30, and people who are not vaccinated are driving a surge in COVID-19 cases in the region. It is the lowest positivity rate reported since October 2.

According to the University of Oxford's Our World Data report, as of Monday Canada led the world's larger nations in the percentage of first doses delivered to an adult population at 65 per cent.

Catton said last week that the more infectious delta variant of concern, which first appeared in India, was detected through community transmission.

Ontario says 210,611 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered since Wednesday's report, a new record high.

The alpha variant fuelled the third wave of the pandemic in Ontario.

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