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5th straight day of 2,000-plus new COVID-19 cases in Ontario, 10 more deaths

Last Updated Mar 29, 2021 at 11:21 am EDT

Toronto General Hospital in Toronto is shown on April 5, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives
Summary

Another 10 people have died in the province as a result of the virus, raising the death toll to 7,337


An additional 139 cases of a variant of concern were reported, as the total case count rose to 1,894


The number of patients in the intensive care unit continues to rise in the province


Ontario reported more than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday for the fifth day in a row, as the number of virus-related deaths continues to rise.

Another 10 people have died in the province as a result of the virus, raising the death toll to 7,337. It was the sixth straight day the number of deaths have been in the double digits.

Heath officials said there were 2,094 new infections, a drop from 2,448 cases on Sunday. The latest diagnoses pushed the seven-day rolling average of new cases to 2,094. Over the past seven days, the province reported a total of 14,661 cases.

Nearly 30 per cent of Monday’s new cases are in Toronto at 618, followed by 368 in Peel Region, 277 in York Region Region, 132 in Ottawa, and 104 in Durham Region.

The province said it completed 39,470 tests in the previous 24 hours with a positivity rate of 6.1 per cent — the highest since Jan. 31 — and a sharp increase from 4.5 per cent on Sunday.

On Sunday, the province recorded the highest number of variants of concern (VOC) cases since the beginning of March. That upward trend continued on Monday with an additional 139 VOC cases, as the total case count rose to 1,894 — 1,749 of them being of the variant first identified in the United Kingdom.

The number of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) continues to rise in the province, with another 16 admitted since Sunday. To date, 841 people have been hospitalized and of those patients 382 are in the ICU and 236 are in the ICU with a ventilator.

As the province continues to ramp up its vaccination drive, an additional 50,453 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were given out in the previous day and the total doses administered grew to 2,031,735. So far, more than 311,000 Ontarians have been fully vaccinated.

Ontario reported 345,234 cases since the pandemic began last March, and of those cases, 318,932 have been resolved.