Ontario reports 89 new COVID-19 deaths, daily cases top 2,500 Patricia D’Cunha

The province says 89 more people have died from COVID-19, as new cases top 2,500.

The total number of people in the province who have died as a result of COVID-19 now sits at 5,568. More than half of those deaths (3,274) were people living in long-term care (LTC) and 251 LTC homes are currently battling outbreaks.

On Tuesday, the province announced that all residents and staff at LTC care homes in virus hotspots — Toronto, Peel Region, York Region and Windsor-Essex, have now received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Provincial health officials reported 2,655 new cases of COVID-19 across Ontario on Wednesday, a rise from 1,913 cases the day before — however, the Ministry of Health noted that Toronto Public Health likely under-reported those cases due to a technical glitch.

Most of the new cases reported Wednesday are in Toronto (925), followed by Peel Region (473), and York Region (226).

The province said 54,307 tests were completed in the previous day, with a testing backlog of 48,963.

A total of 23,7918 have been vaccinated in Ontario,

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On Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford bemoaned a “troubling” vaccine shortage, saying the province is capable of administering more than 40,000 doses a day but “every day we are giving out less vaccines than we have the capacity to administer, is a day we lose.”

The province says its weekly deliveries of the Pfizer-BioTech COVID-19 vaccine will be cut by as much as 80 per cent over the next month due to a production slowdown at the pharmaceutical company.

Shipments are expected to get back to normal levels in late February and early March.

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