Ontario reports 9 more COVID-19 deaths, daily cases top 1,200 Patricia D’Cunha

Ontario says another nine people have died as a result of COVID-19 in the province with the number of new cases above the 1,200 mark.

The new deaths raises the total number of Ontarians who have now lost their lives to the virus to 7,162.

Ontario reported 1,268 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, a drop from 1,747 cases confirmed the day before.

It is the ninth day in a row of more than 1,000 new cases. However, health officials had said that Sunday’s case count was higher than expected “due to a data catch-up process” in the system.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said there were 366 new infections in Toronto, 220 in Peel Region and 147 in York Region.

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The latest update comes as the province launched its much-awaited online vaccine booking portal and call centre on Monday. The portal will allow people to book their first and second vaccination appointments at the same time.

Another 33,198 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were given out on Sunday, bringing the total number of doses administered to 1,191,553.

Health officials say 33,975 tests were completed over the last 24-hour period, with a positivity rate of 3.8 per cent – which is a decrease from 3.1 per cent on Sunday.

Another 1,114 of people have recovered from the virus, but 699 remain hospitalized and 298 of those patients are in intensive care with 187 on a ventilator.

An additional 70 cases of variants of concern were also confirmed in the province, bringing the provincial total up to 1,184. A majority of the cases (1,106) are of the variant first identified in the United Kingdom.

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