Ajax, Pickering still COVID hotspots in Durham

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Durham Region reported 143 new cases of the Covid-19 virus yesterday, up from 120 the day before but down from the 156 reported May 14.

The reported numbers have been consistent in their inconsistency lately, ranging from 120 to 166 new daily cases over the past week. There have been two deaths reported since Saturday.

The west end continues be the hotspot in the region, with 4,927.7 reported cases per 100,000 residents in Ajax and 4,754.4 per 100,000 reported in Pickering. Overall, Ajax leads with 6,564 total cases, followed by Oshawa (5,050), Pickering (4,859) and Whitby (3,978).

The total number of active cases in Durham stands at 1,277.

As of May 15 the total number of people vaccinated in the region is 283,537 and the priority groups - those in long-term care and retirement homes - are "largely fully vaccinated."

All Ontario residents over the age of 18 will be able to book a COVID-19 vaccine, a week ahead of the province's initial rollout schedule, starting Tuesday.

Province-wide, Ontario has marked a full week with new case numbers under 3,000. Yesterday's total of 2,200 is a decrease from the 2,584 new cases reported Saturday.

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