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Toronto confirms fewer than 100 new daily cases as the province's seven-day average falls to 533
Ontario is reporting a daily increase of 502 new cases of COVID-19 on June 12, the second day of the first phase of the provincial reopening plan.
The province detected 574 new infections on Friday, 590 on Thursday, 411 cases on Wednesday and 469 on Tuesday. The seven-day moving average for new cases is now 533, down from 568 yesterday and 844 last Saturday.
The Ministry of Health reported a single-day increase of fewer than 100 new cases in Toronto.
“Locally, there are 89 new cases in Toronto, 71 in Peel, 51 in Waterloo, 37 in York Region and 31 in Durham,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.
The city’s case rate per 100,000 people is now 3.39 compared with 6.63 a week ago.
Labs in the province completed just over 24,000 tests in the past 24 hours, making for a positivity rate of 2.1 per cent, which is up slightly from two per cent yesterday but a drop from 3.1 per cent last Saturday.
The total number of confirmed active cases in Ontario is 5,841, which includes 447 hospital patients, a decline of 42 since yesterday. Of those patients, 422 are in intensive care, including 277 people breathing with the help of a ventilator.
Total vaccine shots given in the province have passed the 11 million mark. As of 8 pm last night, the province had administered 11,022,452 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including 195,032 doses yesterday.
With 15 more people confirmed dead in the past day, the provincial COVID-19 death toll now stands at 8,950.
To date, 63 per cent of all eligible people in Ontario have received at least one vaccine shot and 10.4 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Out of eligible adults, 74.3 per cent have had one dose and 12.8 per cent are fully vaccinated. Twenty per cent of adults must be fully vaccinated before the province can move into step two of the reopening plan, according to the Ford government’s criteria.
Ahead of the province entering the first step in the plan, the COVID-19 science table released projection modelling data that predicts the Delta variant, which is 50 per cent more transmissible than the Alpha (or B.1.1.7) variant, will become the dominant strain of the virus this summer.
However, directing second-doses of vaccines to hot spots areas could prevent a fourth wave, the science advisors said, noting two shots are twice as effective against the Delta variant than a single dose.
On Monday, people in hot spot areas Halton, Peel, Porcupine, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and York who received a first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) on or before May 9 will become eligible to book second shots via the provincial system.
The modelling showed that new cases, hospitalizations, ICU occupancy and per cent positivity have all dropped in recent weeks and new infections are predicted to continue declining over the next week. If the province keeps the pandemic under control, new cases will fall below 200 by mid-July and hospitals can resume normal operations.
Yesterday, patios, drive-in venues, art galleries, outdoor fitness classes, pools and day camps were allowed to resume under step one of the reopening plan.
The following regions reported five or more new COVID-19 cases:
Toronto = 89
Peel Region = 71
Waterloo = 51
York Region = 37
Durham Region = 31
Hamilton = 30
Porcupine = 29
Niagara Region = 28
Simcoe Muskoka = 25
Ottawa = 17
Brant County = 14
Halton Region = 14
Windsor-Essex = 12
Peterborough = 9
Middlesex-London = 8
Huron Perth = 7
North Bay Parry Sound = 5
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge = 5
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 5