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    On Monday, health officials in Ontario are reporting 8,521 new infections of COVID-19 however, the number is an estimate due to backlogs. Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr.Kieran Moore said he has more hope that case growth appears to be slowing in hospitals and ICUs. There are at least 3,887 patients in hospitals for COVID-19 and 578 people are in intensive care units.

    Moore told CP24 on Monday “After 12 days of public health measures, we are making a dent on the number of people needing hospital care,”. The Ministry of Health says the positivity rate is at 24.2 per cent as it processed over 37,059 tests in the last 24-hour period. Last week, the province announced anyone who is immunocompromised can book an appointment for 4th dose booster.

    According to Ontario, the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Ontario is 956,607. There were 1,742 new cases logged in Toronto, 791 cases in York Region, and 1,302 in Peel Region. The province also reported 439 cases in Halton Region, 431 in Ottawa, and 311 in Hamilton.

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