Ontario reports lowest COVID-19 daily case count in five weeks

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2,152 people are now hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, down from 2,201 reported yesterday. In total, the province has seen 8,143 deaths related to the novel coronavirus.

Unfortunately, though the welcome news is another awesome advancement toward getting more of the population vaxxed after months of a snail's-pace immunization rollout, it appears that the online waiting lists to nab an appointment in some regions are even longer than the exasperating in-person lineups for pop-up clinics.

There are 900 patients in intensive care units because of COVID-19 (up from 853 yesterday) and 637 COVID patients on ventilators (up from 632 reported yesterday).

The province deemed 3,323 more cases of the disease to be resolved as of Tuesday, bringing Ontario's number of recovered patients up to 432,109.

At the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), there are 92 inpatients with COVID-19, of which 37 are in critical care.

Most of the new cases reported are concentrated in hot spot regions in the Greater Toronto Area.

There were 931 new cases in Toronto, 653 in Peel, 275 in York, 147 in Durham, 128 in Hamilton, 112 in Ottawa and 101 in Halton. There have been 202 deaths and 1,631 cases with a variant of concern.

The province confirms another 2,303 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, 51 additional cases of the P.1 variant first detected in Brazil and eight additional cases of the B.1351 variant first detected in South Africa.

"Every vaccine administered is a step toward reducing COVID-19 transmission and will help save lives". But last week Elliott promised a major expansion was on the way thanks to an expected influx of millions of vaccine doses.

The province has repeatedly said they have the capacity to administer about 150,000 vaccines a day.

Adults living in the 114 specific postal codes designated as hot spots are able to start reserving appointments as of this morning, though some on social media reported long wait times or technical difficulties with the provincial booking website.

The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary.

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