Ontario shatters daily COVID-19 case record for second day in a row

Apr 16 2021, 7:21 am

Ontario reported 4,812 new COVID-19 infections Friday, marking the third time this week a daily case record has been broken.

Thursday held the last record with 4,736, Wednesday had 4,156, Tuesday had 3,670, Monday had 4,401, Sunday had 4,456, and Saturday had 3,813. 

Of the latest cases, 1,469 are in Toronto, 851 are in Peel, and 491 are in York Region.

Another 25 people died of the virus within the last day, bringing Ontario’s death toll to 7,664.

The province has administered 3.6 million doses of vaccine so far, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott.

Ontario residents 60 or over are currently eligible for a vaccine and can book an appointment through the province’s booking system.

Anyone 55 or over can also get an AstraZeneca shot at a local pharmacy while supplies last.

People age 50 or above living in a hotspot postal code in Toronto or Peel can also book their appointment through the provincial booking system.

University Health Network is also booking appointments for people with certain health conditions, faith leaders, and Indigenous adults.

Ontario is currently under a Stay-at-Home order, and officials are also considering other options for restrictions to curb COVID-19 spread.

“If we don’t change what we’re doing, things will, in fact, get worse,” Dr. Barbara Yaffe, associate chief medical officer of health, said at a news conference Thursday.

Yaffe is urging people to adhere to the Stay-at-Home order the same way Ontarians did during the early pandemic last spring. She wants to see Ontario’s roads nearly empty and cautioned people that just because something is open doesn’t mean they should go.

Ontario has now seen 408,383 total cases since the pandemic began.

 

 

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