July 22, 2021 1:30 p.m.
The number of new COVID-19 cases in the Greater London area has fallen from one day to below ten after a double-digit increase.
The Middlesex London Health Unit reported seven new infections on Thursday up from 12 the previous day. So far this month there have been 18 days on which the number of new infections registered was below ten. There were four days with double-digit daily increases.
According to the health department, the total number of on-site cases since the pandemic began is now 12,720.
It’s now been a week since a COVID-19 death was reported locally. This leaves the death toll unchanged at 229.
Hospital stays in the area are declining as five or fewer COVID-19 patients were admitted to the London Health Sciences Center. There were seven inpatients with the virus on Wednesday. There are currently fewer than five COVID-19 patients listed in the intensive care unit and no hospital staff have tested positive.
Medical facilities, senior facilities and day-care centers in the area remain outbreak-free. Ten recoveries have been reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of resolved cases to 12,438. There are currently 53 active cases in the region.
The number of cases of worrying variants in London and Middlesex Counties rose by three to 3,563. The majority of the variants identified in the area are strain B.1.1.7 (Alpha) from the United Kingdom.
No new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Elgin and Oxford counties on Thursday. The total number of Southwestern Public Health cases remains 3,932. The death toll was 84, with no more COVID-19 deaths in the area in a week. The total number of resolved cases is 3,831 and there are 17 active cases known locally.
At the provincial level, the daily number of COVID-19 cases rose above 150 for the first time in four days.
According to health officials, there were 185 new cases on Thursday. That is 135 infections on Wednesday, 127 on Tuesday and 130 on Monday.
Regions with the most new cases in the past 24 hours were Gray Bruce at 22, Toronto at 18, and Hamilton at 17.
The total number of cases in the province since the pandemic started now stands at 548,794.
According to the province’s daily epidemiological summary, Ontario identified 99 new Variant B.1.1.7 (alpha) cases in the past 24 hours, for a total of 145,021. Sixty-nine additional cases of the P.1 (gamma) variant were found in a total of 5,096, while the number of new cases of the B.1.351 (beta) variant increased by five to a total of 1,479. There were 101 new cases with variant B.1.617 (Delta), for a total of 3,754.
Seven deaths were reported Thursday, bringing the province’s death toll to 9,307.
Another person with COVID-19 was admitted to hospitals in Ontario. Of the hospital patients, 141 are in intensive care and 84 are on ventilators.
The number of resolved cases rose by 149 to 538,124. There are currently 1,363 known active cases of the virus in Ontario.
19,599 COVID-19 tests have been processed in the past 24 hours. Ontario’s positivity rate is now 0.9 percent.
The province has administered 18,604,169 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by Wednesday evening. There are 8,272,485 adults in Ontario who have now received the second dose of the vaccine, which is considered fully vaccinated.