COVID third wave has begun in Ontario, science advisers say as variants cases rise


Ontario’s science advisers say the province is experiencing a third wave of COVID-19.

The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table says that more transmissible virus variants of concern account for almost half of new cases and are driving growth.

The group, which provides independent advice and analysis to the province, says almost two thirds of Ontario’s public health units are now experiencing “exponential growth” of the virus.

The province’s top doctor said Monday that Ontario could be going into a third wave but the extent of it is still developing.

The Ontario Hospital Association has warned that the number of patients in intensive care is trending up.

The new data comes as the province ramps up its vaccine rollout, launching a new booking portal and call centre earlier this week.

Ontario reported 1,074 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and 11 more deaths linked to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said there are 313 new cases in Toronto, 199 in Peel Region and 101 in York Region.

The latest data is based on more than 28,500 completed tests.

Another 51,579 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Ontario since the last update.


  1. Scientists will keep finding new waves and this could go on for years. I don’t see that the vaccines will be a perfect solution, neither will further shutdowns/restrictions etc. At some point we have to make a decision to accept the risks, while doing the best we can to protect the elderly and workers in nursing homes through good hygiene practices (and provincial inspections for compliance). More harm is being done by the removal of personal freedoms, loss of human interactions, mental & addiction problems, and economic fallout. A lot of people are being paid to stay home, while others who really want/need to work are losing their livelihoods. My heart goes out to the countless small businesses that have suffered so much.

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