Slowly but surely, the number of COVID-19 cases across the country continues to rise. This is the case in Ontario where more than 200 cases have been reported for the first time since July 7.
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Authorities in the most populous province on Thursday confirmed 218 new COVID-19 contaminations and three more deaths. The regions of Toronto and Peel are the most affected in the province with 38 more cases, followed by Hamilton with 25, Waterloo with 19 and Gray Bruce with 13.
Nonetheless, vaccination in the province has reached a milestone, with 80% of Ontarians receiving at least one dose.
“This achievement brings us one step closer to our immunization goals to get off the roadmap for reopening and getting back to normal,” Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.
This new mark was one of the criteria for reaching a new stage in the province’s deconfinement plan. In this case, other restrictions could be lifted, possibly as early as August 6.
“Currently, the Delta variant is responsible for the majority of nationally reported cases,” said Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam.
“No matter which variant of SARS-CoV-2 is predominant in a given region, we know that vaccination, together with public health measures and personal precautions, continues to work to reduce the spread of COVID-19”, she added.
Dr. Tam also recalled that “the administration of the first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccines is well underway in the country with a view to obtaining widespread, strong and lasting immunization by vaccinating a strong majority of eligible people across Canada ”.
The situation in Canada:
Ontario: 549,952 cases (9,328 deaths)
Quebec: 377,172 cases (11,240 deaths)
Alberta: 233,875 cases (2,325 deaths)
British Columbia: 149,444 cases (1,771 deaths)
Manitoba: 57,502 cases (1,175 deaths)
Saskatchewan: 49,830 cases (578 deaths)
Nova Scotia: 5,885 cases (93 deaths)
New Brunswick: 2,354 cases (46 deaths)
Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,437 cases (7 deaths)
Nunavut: 657 cases (4 deaths)
Yukon: 582 cases (6 deaths)
Prince Edward Island: 208 cases
Northwest Territories: 128 cases
Total: 1,429,039 (26,573 deaths)