Ontario reports highest COVID-19 case count in five days

Mar 13 2021, 3:28 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,468 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday morning, an increase from the 1,371 reported on Friday.

Saturday’s cases are higher than Thursday’s 1,092, Wednesday’s 1,316, and Tuesday’s 1,185, but lower than Monday’s 1,631.

The province is also reporting 1,151 newly-resolved cases and 11 virus-related deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 381 are in Toronto, 226 are in Peel, and 168 are in York Region.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said over 58,400 tests were completed, and 1,116,496 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

On Monday, March 8, the Stay at Home orders were lifted in Toronto, Peel Region, and North Bay-Parry Sound at 12 am. All three regions entered the Grey Zone of Ontario’s reopening framework.

In the Grey Zone, retail is permitted to reopen at 25% capacity, but indoor gatherings are not permitted.

All of Ontario’s 34 regions have now reentered the colour-coded framework.

On Thursday, Ontario’s health officials said that COVID-19 cases in the province are increasing across most public health units, and ramping up the vaccination process is how the pandemic can resolve.

To date, Ontario has seen 316,359 COVID-19 cases and 7,138 virus-related deaths.

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