Ontario reports 1,039 new COVID-19 cases and 33 more deaths today

Residents queue outside a vaccination centre in Chandigarh

Residents queue outside a vaccination centre in Chandigarh

But the situation now is different with Ontario reporting its lowest daily case count in 10 weeks on Tuesday and vaccinations on the rise, Williams said.

Provincial health officials logged 1,039 new coronavirus cases and 33 additional deaths.

Sixty percent of Tuesday's cases are in the hot spots around the GTHA.

There were 24,008 tests completed in the last 24-hour period.

The province added 1,039 Tuesday and 1,446 on Monday which wasn't reported until now because of the Victoria Day holiday.

The numbers reported over the past two days continue a downward trend of infections across the province.

The seven-day rolling average dropped to 1,692 on Tuesday, down from 2,287 a week ago.

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Almost 4,100 more people recovered from the virus over the past two days, resulting in 19,026 active cases across the province.

It is the lowest positivity rate Ontario has reported since March 20. Of those, 501,942 are resolved (95.2 per cent) and 8,697 people have died (19 more than Wednesday).

Locally, there are 316 new cases in Toronto, 271 in Peel and 75 in York Region. On Thursday, Public Health Ontario told CP24 that from May 12 to 19 the number of known positive cases of the B.1.617 variant, which was first identified in India, grew from 45 to 260, a almost six-fold increase. Of those in ICUs, 452 were breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.

To date, more than 524,950 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases and 497,269 recoveries have been identified in the province since the virus first emerged in January 2020.

The severity of symptoms of the resident who tested positive is not known, though experts point out that elderly populations remain more susceptible to COVID-19 even after two doses of vaccine.

A fully-vaccinated long-term care resident is among those infected in the latest COVID-19 outbreak at a Peterborough nursing home.

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