Ontario reports over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for sixth straight day

Ontario reports 2,333 new cases of COVID-19, 15 deaths, nearly 90,000 vaccinations

Ford says he's extremely concerned with the rising numbers in intensive care units in hospitals across the province and rising daily COVID-19 case counts.

Previously, OPH listed its number of doses administered and its number of doses received on its main COVID-19 page, but the new dashboard breaks the vaccination rollout into even more granular figures.

The seven-day average of new daily cases rose to 2,316, the highest point since January 26th. "To be very frank, I don't want to predict two weeks out, but we'll be out here every single day, communicating with the people".

"Based on public health advice and to ensure that we continue to maximize our mega sites, we have asked the province to lower the eligibility age for people who could come to our sites and register on the provincial system in the City of Toronto to 60 years old", the Mayor said. "Right now in Ontario, the pandemic is completely out of control", Dr. Peter Juni, the table's scientific director and a professor of medicine and epidemiology with the University of Toronto, said in an interview with CBC Canada prior to the briefing note's publication.

The total number of patients being treated in hospital grew by 249 to 1,090.

Wednesday's report brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Ontario to 349,903, including deaths and recoveries.

Most of the new cases reported on Wednesday are concentrated in hot spot regions in the Greater Toronto Area.

Brisbane on alert after rare local Covid transmission 26 March, 2021
NSW Health is contacting more than 20,000 travellers who have arrived in the state from Queensland between March 20 and 26. However, she cautioned, the situation could change and another lockdown could be on the cards if things go wrong.

Several other regions reported infection totals in the triple digits, including Ottawa, which reported 124 new cases, Durham Region, which reported 120 new cases, and Hamilton, which reported 153 new cases.

Public Health Ontario says 52 per cent of positive cases screened positive for a variant of concern.

There are at least 1,229 cases of the B.1.1.7. variant in Ontario, as well as 70 B.1.351 variant and 92 P.1. variant.

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In the last 24-hour period, officials said that 89,873 doses of the vaccine were administered to residents in the province.

Dale warned that the pandemic is not over, despite more widespread availability of vaccines, and stressed that people must follow public health measures.

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