Ontario reports 2,063 new COVID-19 cases, 73 more deaths Saturday

Ontario reported 2,063 new cases of COVID-19 and 73 more deaths on Saturday.

The new positive cases include 713 in Toronto, 379 in Peel Region and 178 in York Region.

According to provincial data, the overall number of people with COVID-19 in hospitals dropped by 18, bringing the total to 1,273.

Patients in intensive care units dropped by seven to 353, and the number of people who required ventilators fell by 55, bringing the total to 216.

The 73 additional deaths, 24 of which were among long-term care home residents, have pushed Ontario’s total COVID-19-linked death toll to 6,145.

The labs processed about 59,000 test samples for the virus and recorded a test positivity rate of 3.3 per cent for three days straight.

The province says 2,623 more cases are marked as resolved, bringing the number of overall resolved cases to just under 240,500.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said as of 8 p.m. on Friday, 336,828 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

Saturday’s number of new cases brings the rolling seven-day average to 1,968.

On Friday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced mandatory COVID-19 testing for international arrivals at Pearson airport.

That news came a day after the province’s modelling data by the COVID-19 advisory table showed that the variant of the virus first detected in the U.K. that’s spreading in Ontario is a “significant threat” to controlling the pandemic.

By March, the B117 variant, first identified in the U.K., could be the dominant strain in the province, according to the data.

While maintaining existing public health intervention will likely help encourage the downward trend of cases, the province reported six more cases of the B117 variant in Saturday’s numbers, bringing the total number of cases to 57.

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