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Saturday, January 29, 2022

On Christmas Eve, Ontario reports a new high of 9,571 COVID-19 cases

On Christmas Eve, Ontario had a new peak of 9,571 COVID-19 cases

Key takeaways:

  • That’s 3,781 more cases than the previous day’s total of 5,790, which was already the single-day record.
  • The Ministry of Health will not update COVID-19 data on their website from December 25 to December 28 and January 1 to January 3 due to the holidays.

On Friday, Ontario reported a whopping 9,571 cases of COVID-19.

That’s 3,781 more cases than the previous day’s total of 5,790, which was already the most cases ever logged in a single day in the province by a significant margin.

Despite the increase, experts say the number of daily infections does not accurately reflect the COVID-19 situation in the province, as testing systems are becoming increasingly strained in several regions due to the fast-spreading Omicron variant.

Nonetheless, another record-breaking day is unsurprising. , record-high daily case counts will likely be the norm for weeks to come.

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“It was expected that numbers would increase in the winter months due to the highly transmissible nature of the Omicron variant,” Alexandra Hilkene, a spokesperson for Health Minister Christine Elliott, said in a statement Friday morning.

Hilkene repeated Moore’s warning about the impending record case counts.

“While the province’s ICUs are stable, we anticipate an increase in admissions in the coming weeks,” she said, “particularly among the unvaccinated.”

During the holidays, data will be limited.

The Ministry of Health will not update COVID-19 data on their website from December 25 to December 28 and January 1 to January 3 due to the holidays, according to Hilkene.

On December 29 and January 4, the data for those days will be released.

Except on December 25 and January 1, Hilkene said the health minister would continue to tweet COVID-19 data.

On Christmas Eve, Ontario had a new peak of 9,571 COVID-19 cases
On Christmas Eve, Ontario had a new peak of 9,571 COVID-19 cases. Image from CBC

From the Ministry of Health’s daily provincial update, here are some more key pandemic indicators and figures:

72,639 tests have been completed.

The province’s test positivity rate: 18.7%, up from 16 percent on Thursday and 10.7% on Wednesday.

There are 40,555 active cases.

Patients admitted to hospitals with the virus: 508, 355 of those not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown.

There were 164 patients in the ICU with COVID-related illnesses, and 102 of them required a ventilator to breathe.

Six people have died, bringing the total number of people killed to 10,146.

Over 229,000 vaccines have been administered, bringing the total number of doses administered to 26,343,050. Currently, 90.6 percent of people aged 12 and up in Ontario have one dose, while 88 percent have two.

Source: CBC News

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