7 new COVID-19 circumstances within the London space on Friday, 5 extra Delta variants confirmed | CBC information


Recent developments:

What is the current situation for Greater London?

The Middlesex-London Health Unit reported seven new COVID-19 cases and no deaths on Friday. The 7-day moving average for the sample size is six.

While case numbers remain low, the number of worrying Delta variants continues to rise in Middlesex-London, with five more cases confirmed on Friday. There have been 37 cases of delta variants since the first case was confirmed on May 27.

“The Delta variant competes with the other variants of COVID and is quickly becoming the dominant strain,” said Dr. Chris Mackie, the medical doctor at MLHU, adding that the tribe is likely to continue to exist in our area.

The Delta variant is known to spread faster than other variants and is twice as likely to result in hospitalization.

The health unit reported nine recoveries with 57 active cases in the area on Friday.

The London Health Sciences Center says it currently has 12 patients with COVID-related illnesses, including fewer than five in intensive care.

There are fewer than five employees who tested positive for the virus and are isolating themselves.

Ontario moves to step 3 of the early reopening

The province plans to further lift COVID-19 restrictions on July 16 to allow for larger indoor and outdoor gatherings, CBC News has confirmed.

The move allows for outdoor social gatherings for up to 100 people and up to 25 people inside. Indoor sports and leisure fitness facilities, including fitness studios, could be utilized to 50 percent again.

Indoor restaurants, retail and personal care would have no capacity limits as long as guests can physically distance themselves appropriately.

Religious services and events such as weddings and funerals can also take place indoors as long as people follow other public health measures.

Places such as cinemas, museums, aquariums, casinos and bingo halls can be operated 50 percent indoors and 75 percent outdoors. Concerts, theaters and sports facilities will be 50 percent full inside, with a maximum of 1,000 people. In the outdoor area they can be used to 75 percent, with a maximum of 5,000 people for events without seats and 15,000 people for events with fixed seating.

Ontario originally moved to Step 3 on July 21, but the province met its COVID-19 vaccination target for Step 3 entry, with 78 percent of adults being vaccinated with one dose and 49 percent being fully vaccinated.

Vaccinations in Middlesex-London are still below the provincial threshold: 77.4 percent of adults received one dose and 37.1 percent of adults received two doses (as of last week).

COVID-19 in the region and beyond

A COVID-19 outbreak at Saugeen First Nation is ongoing so far, with a total of 99 confirmed cases. Of these, 56 are still active, and seven are currently being treated in hospital.

A state of emergency was declared in the First Nation last week as cases escalated as the Delta variant infected 74 people at the time, most of whom were not vaccinated.

Southwestern Public Health reported three more cases of COVID-19 and no deaths on Friday. There are 17 ongoing cases in Elgin-Oxford, including six cases in Woodstock and four cases in St. Thomas.

Huron Perth Public Health reported two new cases of coronavirus in Huron County and no deaths. There are 12 active cases in the health region.

Meanwhile, Ontario recorded 183 new cases of COVID-19 and nine more deaths.

Hospitals across the province are treating 202 patients for COVID-19, including 143 who need a ventilator to breathe.