Ontario Records 748 COVID-19 Cases As Little Arms Get Beaten

136 of the new cases concern children aged 5 to 11





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Ontario reported 748 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday the first day the inoculation program for children in the five to 11 year age group was launched on a large scale.



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Authorities reported that 136 of the new cases were in children in this age group, compared to 47 cases in young people aged 12 to 19.

Public health has confirmed 1,397 cases of COVID-19 in elementary and secondary schools over the past two weeks, including 1,257 among students.

The age group with the most new cases on Thursday – 226 – was 20 to 39, reflecting a continuing trend.

“People who are not fully vaccinated represent 23.8% of the total Ontario population and number 375 of the 748 new cases reported in Ontario. 44 cases involve people whose vaccination status is unknown, ”tweeted Health Minister Christine Elliott.

Ontario administered two doses of a vaccine to 86% of the eligible population aged 12 and over, one dose at 3% and 11% are unvaccinated.

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The province has fully immunized 96.3% of those aged 80 and over and 95.7% of those in the 70 to 79 age group.

Hospitals have reported 257 patients treated for COVID-19, including 137 in intensive care and 87 on ventilators.

According to public health data, 5.1% of confirmed COVID-19 cases were hospitalized during the pandemic and 1% or 6,138 patients went to intensive care.

Five other deaths have been attributed to the virus.

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The province’s 34 public health units reported at least one case of COVID-19 on Thursday with Toronto at 77, Windsor-Essex at 57, Simcoe Muskoka at 55, Region of Peel at 48, Ottawa at 45 and Region of York at 43.

Provincial public health data indicated 10 new cases in Timiskaming on Thursday, but the local health unit subsequently confirmed 12 new cases. The public health unit noted this week that it has the highest population-adjusted COVID-19 rate in the province.

“We have an increasing spread in the community, which means we don’t always know where someone has contracted COVID-19,” the Timiskaming Health Unit posted online, “Wave 4 has hit fast due of the Delta variant. We currently have our highest active COVID cases to date and on Saturday we had our highest day ever with 20 cases. The cases are found in all parts of our district.

Timiskaming says vaccination rates have stagnated in recent months, falling below the provincial average, and must reach 90% or more to protect against the spread of the Delta variant.

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