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COVID-19 Ontario: 854 more cases, two more deaths reported

TORONTO – Ontario health officials are reporting 854 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday as well as two additional deaths linked to the disease.

The seven-day average number of reported cases in the province now stands at 729. A week ago the number was 635 and two weeks ago it was 563.

Ontario recorded 927 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, marking the highest single-day total number of cases reported since September 4, when the province recorded 944 infections.

Saturday’s report comes a day after Canada announced it would ban the entry of foreign nationals who may have passed through southern Africa in the past two weeks. The move was triggered by an announcement from the World Health Organization (WHO), which designated B.1.1.529 as a new variant of COVID-19 of concern dubbed “Omicron.”

The variant, which was first reported in South Africa on Nov. 24, contains a “large number of mutations,” some of which “are of concern,” according to the WHO.

Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, said that to date, there is no indication that the variant is present in Canada. However, Tam said it was “very difficult” to keep the mutation out of Canada “entirely”.

Hours before the announcement, Prime Minister Doug Ford publicly called on Ottawa to ban all flights and passengers from countries linked to the recently discovered variant, including South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

Of the cases reported today, 451 are in unvaccinated individuals, 349 are in fully vaccinated individuals, 23 are partially vaccinated and 31 have been found in individuals with no known vaccination status.

Currently, there are 254 hospitalized patients with COVID-19, including 83 unvaccinated patients, 48 ​​fully vaccinated patients, and eight partially vaccinated patients. The vaccination status of the remaining 115 patients is unknown.

ICU admissions for COVID-19 total 134, 60 of these patients are unvaccinated, 11 are fully vaccinated, and three are partially vaccinated. No vaccination information was provided for the remaining 60 patients.

With 31,444 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the province said its COVID-19 positivity rate was 3%.

Since the start of the pandemic, Ontario has recorded 616,051 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 599,979 recoveries and 9,993 deaths – two of which were reported in the past 24 hours.


Most of the cases reported by the province on Saturday were found in Simcoe Muskoka (107), Toronto (97) and Windsor-Essex (82).

Other areas with relatively high reported cases today include York Region (48), Peel Region (47), Ottawa (44), Sudbury (43), Algoma (38) and Kingston (33 ).


Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a tweet on Saturday that nearly 89.4% of all Ontarians over the age of 12 have a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Almost 86.3 percent received two doses and are considered fully immunized.

Throughout the province’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, 22,895,217 needles were sent by guns across Ontario.


The numbers used in this story can be found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiological Summary. The number of cases for a city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, as local units report the numbers at different times.

Health experts have said the number of COVID-19 infections identified in fully vaccinated individuals will naturally increase as more people receive their two vaccines.


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