TORONTO – Ontario health officials are reporting more than 4,400 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number of infections in a single day since the outbreak.
The province on Sunday confirmed 4,456 new cases of the corona virus novel, which was higher than the previous record of 4,227 new infections.
Sunday’s case is a significant increase from a total of 3,813 cases reported the previous day.
The provincial seven-day average of the number of reported cases is now 3,573, up from 2,637 a week ago.
The province’s positive rate also rose on Sunday. With 56,378 tests performed in the last 24 hours, the Ontario Ministry of Health said its COVID-19 positive rate increased from 6.5 percent on Saturday to 7.7 percent on Sunday.
A further 21 people have died in Ontario due to COVID-19, health officials said. In all, the province has seen 7,552 deaths related to the corona virus novel.
The total number of COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit of Ontario exceeded 600 for the first time during the epidemic.
More than 1,513 people were hospitalized Sunday in the province due to the disease. Of these, at least 605 patients are being treated in the ICU, and 382 are breathing with the help of a ventilator.
Government of Ontario Issued two emergency orders As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, hospitals will be ordered to reduce selective surgeries, which will help boost critical care capacity in the province on Friday evening.
The total number of recovered patients in Ontario has been brought to 346,239 and the province expects a further 2,617 diseases to be treated as of Sunday.
Sunday’s report puts the total number of cases confirmed by the lab in Ontario at 386,608, including deaths and recovery.
Where are the COVID-19 cases in Ontario?
Most of the new cases announced Sunday are concentrated in hotspot areas in the Greater Toronto area. Authorities said there were 1,353 cases in Toronto, 860 in the Peel region and 444 in the York region.
A total of three-digit new infections were reported Sunday in several regions. There were 377 cases in Ottawa, 329 in Durham, 159 in Middlesex-London, 120 in Niagara, 118 in Halton, 116 in Hamilton and 101 in Simco Muscoca.
The Ontario government on Thursday entered a statewide stay order to prevent the spread of a dangerous disease. The order closed all essential businesses that need to shop in person for at least a month to cope with the third wave.
Variations in Ontario
In Ontario on Sunday B.1.1.7 (UK variant) 1,174 new cases were reported in the province. The total number of cases for the strain is now 14,387.
Authorities identified two new cases of P.1351 (South African variant), bringing the total number of cases in the province to 78.
In addition, the province did not add new cases of B1 (Brazilian variant) on Sunday, which holds its total number of cases at 134.
More than 333K people in Ontario have been fully vaccinated
It is estimated that 333,150 people in Ontario have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and are now vaccinated against the disease.
In the past 24 hours, 94,794 people have been vaccinated in the province, officials said.