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Ontario reports 990 new COVID cases Saturday

The number of cases is down by 260 cases from Friday's report

Public Health Ontario has reported 990 new cases of COVID-19 today (March 6).

The March 6 update provided by the province's public health agency also reported the following data:

  • 1,152 recoveries
  • 620 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, down from 643 reported yesterday. 
  • There are 278 COVID patients in intensive care units (down from 280 yesterday) and 181 COVID patients on ventilators (down from 183 yesterday)
  • The province reported 57,829 tests were processed yesterday
  • Another 27,796 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed. To date, 11.35 million tests have been completed.

Variants of concern

  • The province has reported 826 lab-confirmed cases of the UK variant strain of COVID-19 (B.1.1.7). 
  • The province has reported 31 cases of B.1.351 (also known as the South African variant).
  • The province has reported eight cases of P.1, which is the variant strain that originated in Brazil. 
  • According to Public Health Ontario, there are delays between specimen collection and the testing required to confirm a variant of concern. As such, the reports can change and can differ from past case counts publicly reported.


  • There were 39,698 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on March 5, which is up from 35,886 administered on March 4. 
  • As of 8 p.m. on March 5, the province reported 860,412 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.
  • In total, 270,625 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 306,997 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 289,735 recoveries and 7,052 deaths, of which 3,875 were individuals living in long-term care homes.

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