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Ontario reports 1,185 new cases of COVID-19, 16 new deaths | CBC News

Ontario reported 1,185 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 new deaths on Saturday, according to the ministry of health. 

The new cases include 331 in Toronto, 220 in Peel Region and 119 in York Region. 

Ontario’s lab network completed over 59,400 tests for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to health minister Christine Elliott. 

The number of people hospitalized with the novel coronavirus stands at 680. Of that number, 276 were in the ICU and 182 required a ventilator to breathe. 

The new deaths bring the provincial total of COVID-19-related fatalities to 6,960. 

The province said it administered 24,339 doses of vaccines on Friday, a new single-day high for the second day in a row. A total of 260,972 people have received both doses of a vaccine.

The news comes a day after Health Canada gave a green light for use of a third COVID-19 vaccine, AstraZeneca. 

2 regions to move into lockdown, 7 to ease restrictions

Meanwhile, the province announced that two regions will be moving into lockdown next week while seven other regions will see an ease in restrictions. 

On Friday, Ontario announced that it is activating an “emergency brake” in Thunder Bay and Simcoe-Muskoka, which will send the regions back into lockdown to “immediately interrupt transmission and contain community spread.”

The two regions will move into the grey lockdown level of Ontario’s COVID-19 restriction plan effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 1. 

Meanwhile, measures will loosen to various degrees in the Niagara Region, Chatham-Kent, Middlesex-London, Southwestern, Haldimand-Norfolk, Huron Perth and Grey Bruce health units.

The Ontario government lifted a stay-at-home order for most of the province two weeks ago and moved the majority of the health units back to its colour-coded restrictions system.

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