Ontario reports fewest new COVID-19 cases in over a month


Dr. David Williams, Ontario's top doctor, said the priority is to protect as many people as possible from COVID-19 as the province battles a deadly third wave of infections that has strained the health-care system with critically ill patients. The province reported a record test positivity rate of 10.9 on Monday last week.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said over 46,800 tests were completed, and 5,247,684 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Testing numbers are typically down earlier in the week.

There were 931 new cases in Toronto, 653 in Peel, 275 in York, 147 in Durham, 128 in Hamilton, 112 in Ottawa and 101 in Halton.

There were 3,323 resolved cases, outnumbering new cases for two weeks straight now and dropping the active case count to 36,440.

Today's report includes 3,964 recoveries and 29 new deaths.

The rolling seven-day average is down to 3,509 compared to 3,888 on the same day last week.

A total of 2,152 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 across the province, including 900 who in the ICU.

The coming week will see a significant expansion in the number of Ontario residents eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, the province announced Sunday as it made good on a promise to ramp up efforts in areas hit particularly hard by the pandemic.

Approximately 210,000 first dose appointments were made across the province, including 166,772 at City of Toronto run clinics.

Eligibility expands further across Ontario on Thursday, when online bookings open up to all residents aged 50 and over.

People with high-risk health conditions and some groups of people who can't work from home will also become eligible.

Many are also laughing at how hard it still is to get a dose in Ontario so many months after they were first shipped in, especially compared to the USA, which has now innoculated more than 100 million people as Canadians look on with just a tinge of jealousy.

But just minutes into being able to book this morning, users were reporting glitches, lags, random cancellations of appointment times and online wait times of hours thanks to virtual lineups that are hundreds of thousands of people long.



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