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Ontario reports 2,199 new COVID-19 cases, 30 more related deaths

TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 2,199 new COVID-19 cases today.

The province also says 30 more people have died from the virus. 

The data is based on 33,142 tests administered over the past 24 hours. 

There were 1,292 COVID-19 patients in Ontario hospitals as of this morning, a decline of 254 from the day before. 

The province says 714 of those patients were in intensive care and 509 were on ventilators.

The province’s vaccination drive also appeared to be shifting into a higher gear, with Health Minister Christine Elliott saying more than 139,000 shots were administered on Saturday alone for a total of more than seven million since the immunization effort got underway. 

Ontario is set to expand vaccine eligibility to residents over 30 this week and hopes to allow all adults to register for their shots by the end of the month. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 16, 2021.

The Canadian Press