Ontario reports 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 today as monitoring of variants of concern continues

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Ontario is reporting 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 today with 28 more deaths linked to the virus, making it the fourth straight day the count has edged up. Measures by Ontario public health seem to have decreased transmission and slowed the spread of variants of concern, however, modelling released by the province’s advisory group on Thursday warns that everyone must remain vigilant.

Number of new cases in Ontario reported on a daily basis. Source: Ontario COVID-19 website

According to the Science Table, COVID-19 Advisory for Ontario, variants of concern such as B.1.1.7 continue to spread across Ontario. Cases, hospitalizations, and ICU admissions will likely soon increase. “The next few weeks are critical to understanding the impact of the variants. There is a period of remaining risk before the pandemic likely recedes in the summer.”, suggests the latest update slide deck presented. “We can keep the gains we have made by watching spread very closely and by loosening public health measures only carefully. We must be nimble in applying public health measures to extinguish flare ups quickly.”

The graph below shows how powerful the effect of the B.1.1.7 variant could have on COVID-19 cases if it becomes dominant by mid-March.

More than 64,000 tests were completed and 21,805 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were given in the province since Thursday’s report.

A total of 643,765 doses of vaccine have been administered in the province so far. There have been 298,569 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in Ontario since the pandemic began and of those, 281,331 have been resolved and 6,944 have led to death.