COVID-19 variants likely to make up 40 per cent of Ontario cases by mid-March, hospitalizations expected to climb

COVID-19 variants likely to make up 40 per cent of Ontario cases by mid-March, hospitalizations expected to climb
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TORONTO —
Highly-contagious COVID-19 variants are expected to make up about 40 per cent of all cases by the second week of March, new modelling data suggests, leading to a likely increase in daily infections and hospitalizations.

The new projections released Thursday predict the province could see about 4,000 new infections daily by the end of next month in the worst-case scenario.

In the best-case scenario, that number could decrease to about 500 daily infections.

“There is a period of remaining risk before the pandemic likely recedes in the summer,” officials said. “The major challenge becomes how to protect the health system over the next few months and closely monitor the spread of all types of cases while accelerating vaccinations.”

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