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Ontario's daily COVID-19 cases top 1,500, additional 9 deaths reported

Last Updated Mar 23, 2021 at 11:41 am EDT

A man wearing a face mask arrives at a COVID-19 assessment center in Toronto on Dec. 27, 2020. (Photo by Zou Zheng/Xinhua via Getty Images)
Summary

Ontario reported nine virus-related deaths, bringing the provincial death toll to 7,253


More than 1.6 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been given out overall in Ontario


There were an additional 19 cases of a variant of concern, bringing the total case count to 1,443


Ontario’s new cases of COVID-19 topped 1,500 on Tuesday as the province continued to see a rise in the seven-day rolling average.

Health officials also reported nine virus-related deaths, bringing the provincial death toll to 7,253.

There were 1,546 new cases, a drop from 1,699 cases recorded on Monday. Toronto reported the most new infections with 465, followed by 329 in Peel Region, and 161 in York Region.

The province has reported 11,671 new cases over the past seven days. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,667 — a rise from 1,600.

The province said 32,556 tests were conducted over the past 24-hour period and reported a positivity rate of 5.7 per cent — an increase from 5.4 per cent the day before. It is the highest positivity rate since late January.

More than 50,600 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the province since the update on Monday with 1,603,699 total doses given out overall. So far, 301,043 Ontarians have been fully vaccinated.

As concerns grow over the spread of the more contagious variants of COVID-19, the province reported an additional 19 cases of a variant of concern, bringing the total case count to 1,443. Of that total, 1,359 cases are of the variant first detected in the United Kingdom.

Another 1,271 people have recovered from the virus, as the number of new cases continues to outpace the resolved cases.

The number of people currently hospitalized increased by 55 to 868, and of those patients the number of people admitted to intensive care increased by 26 to 324.