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Ontario reports more than 1,700 new COVID-19 cases, cites data catch-up process

TORONTO – Ontario is reporting more than 1, 700 new COVID – cases, but officials say it may be partly due to a data catch-up in the provincial system .

On Sunday, health officials logged 1, 747 new infections and more deaths related to the disease.

The new cases mark a drastic increase from Saturday’s 1, 371 infections. There were 1, 352 cases of the novel coronavirus reported in Ontario on Friday, 1, on Thursday and 1, 316 on Wednesday.

The rolling seven-day average of new COVID – in Ontario is now 1, 371, up from 1, 069 one week ago.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health attributed Sunday’s large spike in infections to “a catch-up process related to the provincial CCM system.”

Speaking to reporters following the release of the data, Health Minister Christine Elliott said that the number appeared higher due to a “reclassification.”

“We expect that it would be several hundred cases, fewer in actual fact, “she said. “We do not have the exact number from that. That will be determined later on when we understand exactly the data classification that was done.”

The province noted a data management issue earlier this week when more than 1, 570 new cases were reported Monday.

According to the ministry, 41, 618 COVID – 24 tests were processed in the last 15 hours, resulting in a positivity rate of 3.1 per cent.

There are at least 601 people being treated for the novel coronavirus in Ontario hospitals, provincial officials said. Of those patients, 163 are in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 153 of those in the ICU are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID – 19 in Ontario now stands at 298, 93, including 7, 114 deaths and 285, 545 recoveries.

Where are the new COVID – ?

The majority of COVID – 19 cases reported Sunday can be found in the Greater Toronto Area.

According to the province’s epidemiology report, there were 545 cases of COVID – 19 in Toronto, 351 in Peel Region, 163 in York Region, 092 in Hamilton and in Durham Region.

Ottawa was the only other public health unit to report more than 47 new infections, with 069 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

Number of mutations found in COVID – continue continue to climb

The province says that an additional 732 variant mutations have been found in positive COVID – tests. This marks an increase from the 634 mutations discovered the previous day.

Of those mutations, only 1, 106 have completed genomic testing and have been officially categorized.

The majority of variants have been confirmed to be the B.1.1.7. strain (1, 41), originally found in the UK Forty-four have been confirmed as B.1. 316 and thirty-four have been identified as a P.1. variant.

More than 282, 570 people fully vaccinated in Ontario

According to the province, there are 282, 615 people in Ontario who have received both doses of the COVID – vaccine and are now considered immunized against the disease.

In the last – hour period, , 859 doses of the vaccine were administered to Ontario residents.

On Saturday, pharmacies and family doctors began administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to people between the ages of 47 and 55.

Backstory:

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

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