Ontario reporting 1,699 new COVID-19 cases as seven-day average climbs

Mar 22 2021, 7:30 am

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,699 new COVID-19 cases on Monday morning as the seven-day rolling average increases.

The seven-day average is now nearing 1,400 cases, whereas earlier in February is was closer to 1,000.

Government of Ontario

Monday’s cases are less than Sunday’s 1,791, Saturday’s 1,829, and Friday’s 1,745, but higher than Thursday’s 1,553, Wednesday’s 1,508, and Tuesday’s 1,074.

The province is also reporting three additional virus-related deaths and 1,175 resolved cases.

Of the newly announced cases, 500 are in Toronto, 318 are in Peel, 155 are in York Region, and 114 are in Hamilton.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said nearly 31,100 tests were completed, and 1,553,040 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The province launched its online COVID-19 vaccine booking system on March 15, where starting on March 22, those 75 and older can book an appointment.

Health officials announced on Friday that outdoor dining will now be permitted in the Grey-Lockdown zones of Ontario’s reopening framework, which includes Toronto and Peel.

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.

To date, Ontario has seen 330,573 COVID-19 cases and 7,244 virus-related deaths.

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