London-Middlesex reports 17 new COVID-19 cases

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There was a drop in the number of new cases of COVID-19 in the London region Saturday.

On Saturday, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) confirmed a total of 17 new COVID-19 cases, a marginal dip from the 26 recorded cases on Friday. The London area started the week with low numbers and then saw a slight jump in cases, remaining in the double digits.

The total case count in London sits at 13,781.  The number of known active cases in the area has dipped to 189, down eight from the previous day. A total of 13,335 cases have been resolved.

The number of cases involving variants of concern in the area has risen by 26 to 4,167. All the variant cases are linked to the Delta variant for a total of 653 locally.

On Friday, the London Health Sciences Centre admitted one additional COVID-19 patient into its care for a total of eight in-patients. Five or fewer in-patients are in critical care, and zero pediatric patients are in the Children’s Hospital.

Less than five staff members are in self-isolation after testing positive for the virus.

Across Ontario, provincial health officials reported 800 new cases Saturday, up five from Friday’s total. The province recorded 10 additional COVID-19 related deaths bringing the death toll to 9,647.

Today’s total of new COVID-19 cases brings the total number of confirmed cases in Ontario to 578,869, including deaths and recoveries.