Ontario reports 16,714 new COVID-19 cases and 16 more deaths on Sunday

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People wait in line for a walk in PCR COVID-19 test site in Toronto on Wednesday  December 22, 2021.   (Chris Young/The Canadian Press - image credit)
People wait in line for a walk in PCR COVID-19 test site in Toronto on Wednesday December 22, 2021. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press - image credit)

Ontario reported another 16,714 COVID-19 cases on Sunday, down from Saturday's pandemic record-breaking 18,445 cases.

However, as Public Health Ontario warned on Saturday, the daily case record was "an underestimate" given changes to testing eligibility and Omicron's quick spread.

Public Health Ontario reported an additional 16 deaths linked to COVID-19 on Sunday pushing the official toll to 10,223.

The number of people in ICUs across the province with a COVID-related illness jumped overnight to 224 on Sunday from 214 on Saturday. The seven-day average currently sits at 199.

In total, there are 1,117 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province as of Sunday.

Ontario: New daily cases of COVID-19

A more comprehensive provincial update is expected Tuesday. However, here are some key pandemic indicators and figures available on Sunday courtesy of Health Minister Christine Elliott:

Patients in ICU with COVID-related illnesses: 224 people are currently in ICU as a result of COVID-19, up from 214 the day before.

Vaccinations: More than 124,000 doses of vaccine were administered across New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. To date, 27,333,175 doses have been administered.

Nearly 91 per cent of Ontarians aged 12 or older have received one dose of a vaccine, while more than 88 per cent have received two doses.

COVID-19 patients in Ontario hospitals and ICUs

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