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Ontario and Quebec, infections in decline: less than six hundred a day

TORONTO  – After the sleepy long weekend of the second “pandemic” Labor Day in its history, Ontario wakes up with good news: infections have dropped, at least in the last two days. 581 on Monday and 564 today, against 811 on Sunday, 944 on Saturday and 807 on Friday. The seven-day moving average therefore stops at 746 (yesterday it was 757). It is true that fewer tests were carried out: 19,200 swabs performed on Monday and 17,118 those on Tuesday, against 22,410 on Sunday when 811 cases were recorded. The positivity rate therefore rises to 3.5% (average percentage of the two days) against 2.9% three days ago. 

As for the territorial distribution of Monday and today’s cases, most were found in Toronto (232), in the Peel region (139) and in the York region (125). Other areas that reported high numbers of cases on Monday and Tuesday include Windsor-Essex (127), Hamilton (75), Ottawa (57), Durham Region (53), Niagara (48), Halton Region (40), Simcoe Muskoka (39) and Middlesex-London (38).

The analysis of the vaccination status of people who have contracted the virus is always interesting. 434 of the cases reported today concern people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status while 130 are related to fully vaccinated people. Similarly, 457 of the cases recorded Monday were in individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 124 were in fully vaccinated individuals. On the hospitalization front, currently 295 people are in hospital and 192 of these patients are in intensive care. Unfortunately, five deaths related to Covid-19 in the last two days: the deaths in Ontario are now 9,553 since the beginning of the pandemic. 570,778 cases confirmed in the laboratory, 554,953 recoveries and 6,272 cases still active in the province.

Vaccines: 83.7% of Ontarians over the age of 12 received at least one dose, and 77.2% received both.

Good news also from Quebec which today, out of a total of 17,887 tests, reported 515 new cases of Covid-19 (and no deaths) against 530 on Monday. Of the most recent infections, 353 were found among people who were not vaccinated or who had only received one dose less than 14 days ago. The number of hospitalizations increased by 11 compared to the previous day, for a total of 171. Among these, 68 patients are in intensive care, with an increase of 4 in the last 24 hours. 16 of the 21 patients who just entered Quebec hospitals were not adequately vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

Vaccines: about 87.8 percent of Quebecers 12 years of age and older have received at least one dose, while 82.1 percent are considered fully vaccinated, with two injections.

The number of Quebec cases since the start of the pandemic has reached 393,852 while the death toll from the virus stands at 11,293. There were 377,099 healings, while the cases still active in Quebec are 5,460.

Ontario’s other neighbor, Manitoba, recorded 36 new cases of Covid-19 today. Of these, 22 refer to unvaccinated people, 7 to partially vaccinated individuals and 7 to fully vaccinated individuals. Winnipeg reported 19 of the new cases, 13 of which in people not fully vaccinated).

Overall, in the last five days Manitoba has registered 215 cases, distributed as follows: 56 cases on Friday, 42 on Saturday, 48 on Sunday, 33 on Monday and 36 today. Also in this case, as for Quebec and Ontario, the curve seems to be descending and bodes well. Even if tomorrow, by now we have learned it, is another day.

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