Ontario's daily COVID-19 count climbs over 2,000

Katie Ramirez
March 26, 2021

Despite that, it is still the first time more than 2,000 new cases have been reported since January 30, when the province confirmed 2,063. There has now been a total of 4,631 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland, with 232,758 confirmed cases.

Of the deaths reported today, three were individuals between 40 and 59 years old, nine were between 60 and 79 years old, and five were over the age of 79.

As of midnight, Wednesday 24th March, the HPSC has been notified of 606 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

NPHET reports that 249 in Dublin, 57 in Donegal, 39 in Kildare, 32 in Meath, 31 in Louth and the remaining 198 cases are spread across all other counties.

The province has reported 74 new hospitalizations since yesterday, and eight new admissions of COVID-19 patients to intensive care units. 24 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Public Health Ontario's Chief Microbiologist Dr. Vanessa Allen said the labs have devised a new method that will mean they can verify which variant of concern each case belongs to without relying on costly and labourious whole genomic sequencing.

"However, we know that in the week ending 14 March, approximately one-in-ten people visited another household for social reasons, with most of these visits involving time spent indoors", Dr Glynn said.

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Juni says Ontario is now in a "dynamic phase" of the pandemic and strict measures are needed alongside the ongoing vaccine effort to protect the population. "So we are concerned about that". Rigorous monitoring and safety reporting is ongoing by the HPRA in partnership with our European Union partners.

On Wednesday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin told the Dáil that the progress made against the pandemic in Ireland is "very fragile", warning that the easing of restrictions could derail efforts made to date.

Currently, even the strictest level of the province's pandemic framework isn't enough to reduce rising infections from more contagious variants, said Dr. Peter Juni of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table. The pattern isn't entirely clear and continues to be volatile, so we'll be monitoring this quite carefully over the coming weeks.

Dr. Vanessa Allen with Public Health Ontario now says a new screening process for positive COVID-19 test results will speed that process up, allowing for a quicker distinction between the B.1.1.7, B.1.3.5, and p.1 variants.

You can find a complete break down of the Provincial numbers online here.

A provincial shutdown, similar to one imposed when the pandemic hit, is needed to curb the alarming spread of COVID-19 variants in Ontario, the scientific director of an expert panel advising the province said Thursday.

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