Ontario reports 4,250 new COVID-19 cases as hospitalizations hit record-high

Apr 18 2021, 7:22 am

The Government of Ontario confirmed 4,250 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday morning and 18 additional virus-related deaths.

Today’s cases are lower than Saturday’s 4,362, Friday’s 4,812 — the highest single-day case count to date —  Thursday’s 4,736, Monday’s 4,401, and Sunday’s 4,456, but higher than Wednesday’s 4,156 and Tuesday’s 3,670.

Of the newly announced cases, 1,392 are in Toronto, 714 are in Peel, 483 are in York Region, 279 are in Durham, and 239 are in Ottawa.

A total of 2,107 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 across Ontario, including 741 who are in the ICU.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said nearly 53,800 tests were completed, and 3,837,881 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

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.

On Friday, Premier Doug Ford extended Ontario’s Stay-at-Home order for an additional two weeks and announced several new measures intended to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Outdoor gatherings will now only be allowed with members of the same household. Capacity limits at essential stores have been furthered reduced to 25%.

Places of worship can have a maximum of 10 people indoors, outdoor recreation amenities are closed, and non-essential construction has been shut down.

As well, police have been temporarily authorized to stop individuals and drivers who are not at home and ask them their purpose for being out, as well as their home address.

Anyone who does not answer an officer’s questions can be fined $750.

However, police departments across the province have said they will not be arbitrarily stopping people or cars.

Beginning on April 19, Ontario will set up checkpoints along provincial borders to stop non-essential travel. People will need a valid reason to enter Ontario by road from Manitoba or Quebec such as work, to access medical care, or for the transport of goods.

To date, Ontario has seen 416,995  COVID-19 cases and 7,716 virus-related deaths.

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