Ontario reports drop in new COVID-19 cases for second straight day

Mar 16 2021, 7:28 am

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,074 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday morning, showing a drop in numbers for a second straight day.

Tuesday’s numbers are less than Monday’s 1,268 and Sunday’s 1,747, which was high due to a data back.

Ontario is also reporting 1,085 newly-resolved cases and 11 virus-related deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 313 are in Toronto, 199 are in Peel, and 101 are in York Region.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said over 28,500 tests were completed, and 1,243,132 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The province launched its online COVID-19 vaccine booking system on March 15.

On March 8, the Stay at Home orders were lifted in Toronto, Peel Region, and North Bay-Parry Sound at 12 am with all three regions in 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.

Last week, 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 320,448 COVID-19 cases and 7,173 virus-related deaths.

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