The latest news on COVID 19 developments in Canada for March 26, 2021

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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):

11:15 a.m.

Quebec is reporting 950 new COVID-19 cases today and seven more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus.

Health authorities say hospitalizations dropped by 15, to 481, and 115 people were in intensive care, a drop of two.

Today is the second consecutive day officials reported more than 900 new infections.

The news comes as the government’s public health institute says the B.1.1.7 variant will become dominant in the province by the first week of April.

11 a.m.

New federal modelling data shows severity indicators and daily cases of COVID-19 are back on the rise, with incidents highest among young adults.

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says daily cases have increased more than 30 per cent over the past two weeks, with an average of 29 deaths reported daily.

Tam says that indicates Canada is in a “very tight race” between vaccines and variants of concern, which make up an increasingly high proportion of new cases in several provinces.

The data released today by the Public Health Agency of Canada shows that while the number of cases have declined in Canadians aged 80 and older, incidence rates are highest among young adults aged 20 to 39.

10:40 a.m.

Ontario reports 2,169 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 more deaths linked to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 682 new cases in Toronto.

There are also 397 new cases in Peel Region, 254 in York Region, 129 in Ottawa, 123 in Durham Region and 122 in Hamilton.

The province says nearly 83,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered since Thursday’s daily update.