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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Ontario has reported a total of 10,412 new COVID-19 cases, which is a new high

A total of 10,412 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Ontario

Key Takeaways:

  • As the Omicron variant spreads rapidly, Ontario health officials are reporting more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases per day for the first time.
  • There are now eight more outbreaks in long-term care homes, bringing the total number of outbreaks to 41. 

For the first time, Ontario health officials are reporting more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases per day as the Omicron variant spreads rapidly.

According to data from Public Health Ontario, the province has logged 10,412 new COVID-19 cases and four new deaths.

The latest figure represents an increase of 841 cases over the previous high of 9,571 cases set on Friday in Ontario. On Thursday, the province reported 5,790, 4,383 on Wednesday, and 3,453 the day before.

There are 43 more COVID-19 patients in Ontario in hospitals, with nine more in intensive care units.

Also read: COVID-19 cases are undercounted, according to provincial health officials

The GTA is the place for more than half of the new cases. There were 2,899 people in Toronto, 1,025 in York Region, 965 in Peel, and 572 in Durham.

Due to the increased demand for testing, health officials have warned that the latest figures are likely to underestimate the true number of cases.

The latest figures come as the province struggles to keep up with demand for testing and takes steps to halt the Omicron variant’s rapid spread.

Because of the contagious variant, health officials asked people to limit the size and number of their holiday gatherings earlier this week.

To limit the size of gatherings, the Ford government recently lowered capacity limits at most indoor venues.

However, it is unclear whether the measures will be sufficient to stop the virus from spreading.

There are now eight more outbreaks in long-term care homes, bringing the total number of outbreaks to 41. There are also three more retirement home outbreaks, bringing the total number of outbreaks to nine and 12 more hospital outbreaks, bringing the total number of hospitals with an ongoing outbreak to 26.

The seven-day rolling average of new daily cases is now 5,939. That’s more than double the seven-day average of 2,156 from last Saturday.

A total of 10,412 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Ontario
A total of 10,412 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Ontario. Image from Now Magazine

The government has also promoted booster shots to improve protection against the variant. On Christmas Day, several clinics across the GTA continued to administer shots.

Mayor John Tory and Toronto Board of Health Chair Joe Cressy toured one of them on Saturday morning at Mitchell Field Community Centre in North York, thanking staff for their efforts over the holidays.

According to Tory, the city has been able to boost close to 30% of the eligible population in the city so far.

“As a result, we now have a situation where 27.6% of those who are eligible have received their booster dose, which is a significant achievement.” But, of course, if you’re at 27.6%, that means you’ve got 72 percent or more to go,” Tory explained. “As a result, we’re not letting up in our efforts, which is why we’ve opened up thousands of appointments over the Christmas period, including Boxing Day and beyond, as well as over the New Year’s period, including New Year’s Day and beyond, and clinics will be open on those days.”

Tory also stated that he understands how difficult it is for everyone to spend yet another holiday season under the threat of a pandemic.

“These haven’t been easy Christmases,” Tory admitted. “You might not be able to spend Christmas with as many of your relatives as you’d like. You wanted to go somewhere for Christmas but decided against it. So I just wanted to express my gratitude for your patience and understanding.”

He ended on a hopeful note, recalling last Christmas when even more people were isolated, and most businesses were closed, and said that if people keep doing what they need to do despite the difficulties, “there is good reason to believe we’ll put this behind us.”

Source: CTV News

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