Ontario reports 1,691 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

Four New COVID-19 Cases - Five New Variants of Concern

No Regional COVID Cases Today

Health officials say 140,330 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered on Saturday, pushing the provincial total to more than 8.06 million first doses given to date.

One new death was reported in Saskatchewan; somebody in the 80+ age group from the southeast.

"It is likely that at least some of these individuals did not have infection. further testing of New Zealand's remaining 341 cases may be warranted".

Friday's doses were given out in the far north west (150), far north central (one), far north east (150), north west (748), north central (1,042), north east (453), Saskatoon (4,665), central west (510), central east (1,148), Regina (3,889), south west (501), south central (679) and south east (650) zones.

Ontario-wide case numbers were 1,794.

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 152, or 12.4 cases per 100,000 people. Another 26 cases of the P1 Brazil variant and 12 cases of the B1.617 Indian variant were detected through sequencing on Saturday, along with 337 more cases of the B1.1.7 United Kingdom variant.

There are now 335 confirmed variants of concern (VOC) cases identified by the province in the North Central zone, as of May 20.

There were 3,429 tests processed on Friday and 2,507 on Saturday. These cases are located in the Far North Central (Athabasca), one; Far North West, 11; Far North East, 22; and North Central, one.

As of Friday night, 426,200 people had resolved their first dose of vaccine, while 39,201 had received two doses.

Scientists have recently reportedly discovered a new kind of coronavirus that is believed to have originated in dogs - in what may be the eighth unique form of the bug known to cause disease in humans, Reuters reported.

Alberta, meanwhile, counted 563 added cases and six more deaths. Last week there were 338 tests performed across the North Central zone.

There are 35 active cases of COVID-19 in Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA) communities.

There have been 2,603 cases throughout the pandemic.

Cumulative tests performed since September 7, 2020 in the North Central zone is 8,447.

It was the province's lowest daily total since September.

The cumulative number of tests performed since September 7, 2020 is 129,643. There are 75 staff and physicians who are self isolating. Call HealthLine 811, your physician or nurse practitioner if you develop symptoms; you may develop symptoms from two to 14 days following exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.

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