Public health officials: United Kingdom variant of COVID identified in Ontario County resident

Province Confirms 975 New Cases of COVID-19 This Morning

COVID-19 cases and deaths in long-term care homes have declined. Dr.

There have been 297,311 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario since the pandemic began, 280,324 of which have been resolved and 6,916 were fatal.

The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 48.6 cases per 100,000 people from Feb. 13 to Feb. 19, which is a decrease of 7.6 per cent compared to Feb. 7 to Feb. 13 when the average weekly incidence rate was 52.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Frontline health care workers, residents of long-term care homes and retirement homes, and Indigenous elders can be vaccinated right now.

There are nine other outbreaks in unspecified locations.

Ontario's COVID-19 daily cases were listed at 1,054 cases Wednesday for an eighth day in a row in which numbers have hovered around 1,000 cases. Nunavut reported four new cases as well.

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No persons were listed in hospital, nor in the intensive care unit or on a ventilator.

Another 40,639 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed.

Of the cases reported today there are 200 people under 19 years old, 422 people between 20 and 39 years old, 332 people between 40 and 59 years old, 147 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 37 people over the age of 80.

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So far, the province has reported 462 COVID-19 variants.

Two more cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) strain were identified in Ontario (there are now 11 known cases), and a second case of the P.1 (Brazil) variant was identified in the province.

The province has reported 2 cases of P.1, which is the variant strain that originated in Brazil.

According to Public Health Ontario, there are delays between specimen collection and the testing required to confirm a variant of concern.

Premier Doug Ford, meanwhile, said in a briefing from Queen's Park, that the province has administered 167,000 vaccine doses to residents of the province's 626 long-term care homes.

The province said 66,351 tests were completed in the previous day and 19,112 additional doses of the vaccine were administered.

However, administration of the vaccine to people above 80 will not begin until the third week of March as there are about 550,000 people in this age group to be vaccinated, he explained.

In the Ontario Legislature Thursday, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath challenged the government's involvement in the testimony of Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams at a commission investigating the LTC crisis.

Another 1,094 cases were resolved in the previous 24 hours.

Most of the new cases are once again coming from hot spot regions with 343 new cases in Toronto, 186 in Peel and 89 in York Region.

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