Ontario reports 355 new COVID-19 cases, record number vaccinations administered – CityNews Toronto

For the fifth day in a row, the number of new COVID-19 cases across Ontario remains below 400 as the province sets a new daily high when it comes to vaccinations.

Provincial officials reported 355 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday – a slight increase in the 345 new infections reported Friday. That brings the seven-day rolling average of new cases down to 389. A week ago, it was 533.

For the fourth straight day, the province set a new single-day high with 213,236 vaccine doses administered on Friday – more than 178,000 of those were second doses.

That brings the total number of Ontarians who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to over 12.3 million. The number of people in the province who have been fully vaccinated with two doses is now over 2.7 million.

Despite the continuing downward trend in case counts, the province eclipsed another grim milestone as an additional 13 people have died as a result of the virus, raising the total to 9,007.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant jumped 66 per cent in Canada this week, according to Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

Tam says the Delta variant is now in all provinces and at least one of the territories.

The Alpha variant first identified in the UK is, for now, the dominant variant in Canada, with more than 216,000 cases confirmed.

The variant was first identified in India but has now become the dominant strain in the United Kingdom where it’s spreading rapidly, mostly among unvaccinated people.

Tam says the variant is a concern because one dose of vaccine isn’t as effective against it and it underscores the need for Canada to keep picking up the pace on second doses.

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