Ontario logs more than 1,800 new COVID-19 cases, 43 deaths

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As of late last week, Ford said five new cases of the United Kingdom variant have been identified through voluntary testing of incoming travellers flying into Toronto.

"Any lifting of public health and workplace safety measures must be considered very carefully, until more information on the variants, and overall trends in public health indicators are lower", Health Minister Christine Elliott said. In a statement released by the government, a a six-point plan was introduced, which includes mandatory on-arrival testing of global travellers, enhanced screening and sequencing to identify the new variants, maintaining public health measures to keep people safe, strengthening case and contact management to track the spread of new cases, enhanced protections for vulnerable populations, and leveraging the latest data to inform public health decisions.

There were 30,359 COVID-19 tests completed in the province in the last-recorded 24-hour period.

The province reported 1,837 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and 58 more deaths related to the virus.

The province announced the new program on Friday, the same day the federal government announced a similar program.

The province says 1,159 people were hospitalized with the virus as of Sunday.

The province reported 59,594 tests were processed yesterday resulting in a 3.3 per cent positivity rate. Of those patients, 356 are in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 252 of those 356 patients are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.

There have been 16,282 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine administered in Simcoe Muskoka to health care workers in local hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, as well as to all eligible long-term care home residents.

There are now 19,216 active cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, down from 24,153 one week ago.

There were 9,373 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on January 29, down from 10,215 on January 28.

As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 341,900 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

In total, 70,293 people have been fully vaccinated, having received two doses of vaccine, which are to be given a few weeks apart.

Enhanced screening and sequencing to take effect on February 3. A decision on when the stay-at-home order will be lifted depends on hospital admission rates and what kind of pressure it puts on the province's healthcare system.



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