The daily case count drops significantly over Friday as Toronto confirms 284 new infections
Ontario reported another 990 new COVID-19 cases and six more deaths on March 6.
Today’s count was down significantly from the 1,250 cases logged on Friday.
There were 994 new cases on Thursday, 958 on Wednesday and 966 on Tuesday. The seven-day average for new infections is 1,035, down from 1,104 a week ago.
Another six people have died in the past day, including two long-term care home residents.
Labs in the province processed more than 57,800 new tests. The positivity rate today is 2.3 per cent, down slightly from 2.4 per cent a week ago.
The provincial reproduction number – which indicates the number of cases a single case infects – has moved back above one to 1.01. Public health officials have said that number needs to be below 0.7 to avoid a third wave.
The Greater Toronto Area continues to report the most new infections.
“Locally, there are 284 new cases in Toronto, 173 in Peel and 82 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.
Hospitalizations have dropped. There are now 620 patients in hospital, 278 in intensive care units and 181 on ventilators.
In terms of fast-spreading variants of concern, there were 27 more cases of B117 (UK variant) confirmed in the past day and five more cases of P1 (Brazil variant). There are now a total of 826 and eight, respectively. There are also 31 cases of B1351 (South Africa variant).
On Friday, the Ford government announced Toronto and Peel would be moving into the grey lockdown level of the provincial COVID-19 framework.
The move will allow non-essential retail and drive-ins to reopen, but gyms and hair salons must remain closed.
The following regions reported five or more new COVID-19 cases:
Toronto = 284
Peel Region = 173
York Region = 82
Ottawa = 60
Thunder Bay = 54
Halton Region = 34
Region of Waterloo = 33
Durham Region = 32
Simcoe Muskoka = 27
Windsor-Essex = 27
Lambton = 27
City of Hamilton = 24
Leeds, Grenville & Lanark = 19
Sudbury & Districts = 17
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 17
Eastern Ontario = 12
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge = 8
Middlesex-London = 8
Peterborough = 8
Brant County = 8
Niagara Region = 8
Huron Perth = 7
Southwestern = 5
Haldimand-Norfolk = 5