COVID-19: 12 new Galway cases & 3 deaths nationally

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

The last time the province reported over 2,000 cases was on January 30 when 2,093 cases were logged.

So far, 7,280 people across the province have died due to coronavirus since the pandemic started previous year in March.

None of the lives lost were residents of long-term care (LTC), where early vaccination efforts were focused.

Another 1,329 people have recovered from the novel coronavirus, resulting in 16,081 active cases of the virus across the province.

There have been 191 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in B.C., for a total of 1,772 cases.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has confirmed that the backwards contact tracing of positive Covid-19 cases will be extended from two to seven days next week.

An additional 77 cases of a variant of concern were reported, as the total case count grew to 1,563.

Theresa Tam said the country's average daily case counts are on the rise.

They have developed a new PCR screening test which can identify the specific spike protein mutation found in both the B.1.351 and P.1 variants, known as E484K, which "enables much more rapid Identification of these variants", she said.

"It does, however, mean that there may be an increase in some of the p.1 and the B.1.3.5.as the goal is to identify these sooner", said Allen/=.

The new cases reported today include 499 individuals aged 19 and under, 834 people between 20 and 39 years old, 719 people between 40 and 59 years old, 280 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 49 people aged 80 and over.

Over 36,900 tests are still under investigation. Peel Region reported 294 new infections followed by York Region with 244.

Dr. Lorraine Nolan, Chief Executive Officer, Health Products Regulatory Authority said: "People can be assured about the transparency and honesty of the vaccines monitoring and approvals process".

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.

According to the Ministry of Health, there are now 894 people hospitalized for the virus across the province, up by one from Wednesday.

Hospitalizations were steady while the number of people receiving intensive care dropped slightly.

Almost 304,400 people have been fully vaccinated in Ontario since mid-December.

A total of 1,755,596 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given in the province so far.

As of March 22, 690,449 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 503,796 people having received their first dose, and 186,653 people having received their second dose. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

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