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Ontario reports 2,453 new COVID cases Saturday

Saturday's report includes 16 additional deaths and 1,481 recoveries
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Public Health Ontario has reported 2,453 new cases of COVID-19 today (March 27).

Today's report includes 1,481 recoveries and 16 new deaths.  

The March 27 update provided by the province's public health agency also reported the following data:

  • 17,519 active cases, which is up from 16,563 yesterday
  • 985 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 913 reported yesterday. 
  • There are 365 COVID patients in intensive care units (up from 359 yesterday) and 192 COVID patients on ventilators (down from 215 reported yesterday)
  • The province reported 61,005 tests were processed yesterday resulting in a 4.0 per cent positivity rate.
  • Another 33,065 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed. To date, 12.3 million tests have been completed.

Variants of concern (Ontario-wide)

  • 1,523 lab-confirmed cases of the UK variant strain of COVID-19 (B.1.1.7). 
  • 63 cases of B.1.351 (also known as the South African variant).
  • 61 cases of P.1, which is the variant strain that originated in Brazil. 
  • Another 17,611 cases have screened positive with a mutation detected, but the lineage for the variant strain not yet sequenced.
  • According to Public Health Ontario, there are delays between specimen collection and the testing required to confirm a variant of concern. As such, the reports can change and can differ from past case counts publicly reported.

Vaccines

  • There were 77,706 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on March 26, which is down from 82,996 administered on March 25. 
  • As of 6 p.m. on March 26, the province reported 1,916,332 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.
  • In total, 308,301 people have been fully vaccinated.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 340,692 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 315,865 recoveries and 7,308 deaths, of which 3,893 were individuals living in long-term care facilities.


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