Ontario tops 10,000 new COVID-19 cases on Christmas Day

Health officials have warned the latest numbers are likely an underestimate

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, Ontario reported more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases.

According to Public Health Ontario, there were 10,412 new infections on Saturday and four additional virus-related deaths.

There were another 1,872 resolved cases.

The data was released late on Saturday.

The Ontario Hospital Association reported on Saturday, there were 165 COVID patients in the ICU, an increase of one from provincial data provided on Friday.

Health officials have warned the latest numbers are likely an underestimate of the true number of cases due to the increased demand for testing and the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

The Ministry of Health did not report COVID-19 data on Christmas Day due to the holiday. New numbers won’t be available on the government website until Wednesday, Dec. 29, but Health Minister Christine Elliott will be tweeting data between Dec. 26 and 28.

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