Ontario reports over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases

Daily COVID-19 cases in Ontario soar to over 2,000, another 17 deaths

With vaccinations ramping up across the province, an additional 79,446 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were given since Wednesday, bringing the overall doses administered to 1,755,596.

Currently, even the strictest level of the province's pandemic framework isn't enough to reduce rising infections from more contagious variants, said Dr. Peter Juni of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.

She said there are now 37,100 active cases across the country, and as of Wednesday, 6,325 variants of concern have been reported.

He expected 1.2 million Pfizer doses to arrive next week - the same as this week, which was the largest shipment so far.

Another 846,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine are also being delivered, though there was word late Thursday that a batch of almost 600,000, which was expected to arrive on the weekend, has been delayed until April 1. Of that total, 1,458 cases are of the variant first discovered in the United Kingdom.

Fortin said there's no indication that shipments of vaccine to Canada from India will be delayed, but added those discussions are ongoing.

Seventy-one per cent of the reported cases are in the hot spots around the GTHA and Ottawa.

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Health officials in New Brunswick are imposing circuit-breaker measures in an effort to contain an outbreak of the infection in the province's northwest.

Ontario's associate medical officer of health Dr. Barbara Yaffe revealed VOCs are now in the majority of new cases.

Provincial health officials said the 2,380 new cases reported included about 280 previous cases.

Ontario says another 17 people have died as a result of COVID-19, as new cases of the virus soar to more than 2,000 for the first time since late January.

Health officials also announced five more deaths related to COVID-19.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 336,070 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 312,709 recoveries and 7,280 deaths, of which 3,892 were individuals living in long-term care facilities.

The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 76.2 cases per 100,000 people, which is an increase of 19.6 per cent from last week (March 9-15).

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