Ontario Reports 13,578 New Cases of Coronavirus; hospitalizations continue to increase

Ontario is reporting more than 13,500 new cases of COVID-19 as the government announced the province would return to the second stage of its reopening plan on Wednesday in response to the highly contagious variant of Omicron.

The province recorded 13,578 new cases of coronavirus today, up from 16,714 yesterday and from the record 18,445 infections reported on Saturday.

Ontario reported 9,418 new infections a week ago.

The seven-day moving average of new cases now stands at 14,074, up from 7,550 this time a week ago.

Due to the New Year’s holidays, vaccination status among the last cases is not available today but will be on Tuesday, the health ministry said.

A further 6,547 people have recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours, resulting in 130,307 known active cases across the province.

The province reported six more deaths today, which occurred in the past month, bringing the death toll to 10,229.

Data on the tests and the positivity rate are also not available today.

In the Greater Toronto Area, Toronto recorded 3,006 new cases of COVID-19 today, while 1,433 were reported in Peel Region, 1,260 in York, 714 in Durham and 411 in Halton regions .

Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted that there were 1,232 people infected with the virus in hospitals across the province and 248 in intensive care units.

However, Elliott warned that not all hospitals report on weekends, which can lead to hospital admissions being underestimated.

The seven-day moving average of patients linked to the virus in intensive care is 210.

Yesterday at least 1,117 people were hospitalized with the virus and 224 patients were in intensive care, and a week ago 480 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized and 176 in intensive care.

So far, more than 90 percent of Ontarians aged 12 and over have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 88.2 percent have received two doses.

To date, there have been 805,098 laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases and 664,562 recoveries since the start of the pandemic two years ago.

The latest figures come as Premier Doug Ford announced the province was returning to the second stage of its reopening plan on Wednesday to tackle the Omicron variant.

Starting Wednesday, students will return to distance learning for at least two weeks, indoor meals, gymnasiums and other facilities will be closed, and capacity limits will be placed on most other settings until January 26 at least.

The numbers used in this story can be found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiological Summary. The number of cases for a city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, as local units report the numbers at different times.

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