Ontario says 63 more people have died from COVID-19, as new cases dropped to below 2,000 for the second day in a row.
The total number of people in the province who have died as a result of COVID-19 now sits at 5,909.
More than half (35) of the new deaths have been residents living in long-term care (LTC) homes. Since the pandemic began, 3,462 residents in LTC have died from the virus.
Provincial health officials reported 1,740 new cases on Tuesday, a drop from 1,958 cases the day before. It’s the lowest number of new daily cases since Dec. 13, when 1,677 cases were reported.
Most of the new diagnoses are in Toronto (677), followed by Peel Region (320), and York Region (144).
According to provincial data, 1,466 people have been hospitalized with 383 in ICU and 298 on ventilators.
The province said it conducted more than 30,700 tests on Monday and vaccinated an additional 9,707 people.
The province has administered 295,817 doses of vaccine since it first became available.
On Monday, the Ontario government said that due to the Pfizer vaccine shortage, it will be speeding up when the most vulnerable groups get their first doses by 10 days. As a result, other groups deemed not as high-risk, including long-term care staff and essential caregivers, will have to wait longer to be vaccinated.