Ontario reports under 2,000 new coronavirus cases, 36 more deaths

Ontario is reporting 1,969 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the provincial total to 270,180.

However, the government noted Monday’s case count is an overestimation.

“As Toronto Public Health migrates to the provincial data system, CCM, additional records were reported for Toronto Public Health today, resulting in an overestimate of the daily counts,” officials said.

Monday’s case count is higher than Sunday’s which saw 1,848 new infections. On Saturday, 2,063 new cases were recorded and 1,837 on Friday.

“Locally, there are 886 new cases in Toronto, 330 in Peel and 128 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

The death toll in the province has risen to 6,224 as 36 more deaths were reported.

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Meanwhile, 244,939 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19 which is about 90 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 2,132 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Monday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 19,017 — down from the previous day when it was 19,216, and down from last Monday at 23,620.

Ontario reported 1,158 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by one from the previous day), with 354 patients in an intensive care unit (down by two) and 260 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by eight).

The government said 30,359 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 11,651 tests awaiting results. A total of 9,703,876 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Monday was 5.2 per cent, up from Sunday when it was 3.7 per cent, but down from a week ago at 5.5 per cent.

As of 8 p.m. Sunday, the province has administered 341,900 COVID-19 vaccine doses, an increase of 2,256 in the last day. There are 70,293 people fully vaccinated with two doses. Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, the only vaccines currently approved in Canada, require two shots.

— More to come.

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