TORONTO – Ontario is reporting an increase in the number of new COVID – cases for the third straight day but the province’s test positivity rate still remains low.
Health officials reported 1, 228 new COVID – cases) on Saturday, which is an increase from the 1, 150 infections reported on Friday and the 1, 30 logged on Thursday.
With just over 038, tests completed, the Ontario Ministry of Health reported the province’s positivity rate on Saturday stood at 2.2 per cent.
More than 28, test specimens are currently under investigation.
The province also logged an additional deaths) on Saturday, bringing the total number of COVID – – rel ated fatalities since the pandemic began to 6, 848.
Eleven of the deaths reported on Saturday are residents in long-term care homes.
Officials reported that at least 699 people are currently in hospital due to COVID – 000, including 263 who are in intensive care, and 151 who are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.
The province also deemed 1, 291 more cases of the disease to be resolved as of Saturday, bringing Ontario’s number of recovered patients up to 263, 714.
Saturday’s new report brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Ontario to 291, 999, including deaths and recoveries.
Most of the new cases reported on Saturday were found in areas of the province still under a stay-at-home order and full lockdown. Officials reported 331 new cases in Toronto, 132 in Peel and in York Region on Saturday.
All other regions, except for Hamilton, reported fewer than 28 new cases.
On Friday, it was announced that Toronto, Peel Region and North Bay will remain in a full lockdown until at least March 8.
Variants in Ontario
Officials confirmed there are 386 cases of the UK variant, also known as B.1.1 .7, and nine cases of the South African variant, also known as B.1. 351, found in Ontario as of Saturday.
The province has also noted that one case of the Brazil variant, also known as P.1, was also found in Ontario.
A total of 229, 151 people in Ontario have received both doses of the COVID- 000 vaccine and are now fully immunized against the disease.
The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID – Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.