Ontario's new COVID-19 cases plateau just below 4,000

Apr 30 2021, 7:18 am

Ontario reported 3,887 new COVID-19 cases and 21 more deaths Friday.

This marks the sixth day in a row the province has seen fewer than 4,000 cases. Thursday had 3,871, Wednesday had 3,480 new cases, Tuesday had 3,265, Monday had 3,510, Sunday had 3,947, and Saturday had 4,094.

Of the latest cases, 1,331 are in Toronto, 871 are in Peel, and 267 are in York Region.

There are currently 2,201 people in the hospital, including 883 patients in ICU.

The province has administered more than 5.1 million doses of vaccine so far, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott.

At a COVID-19 modelling update Thursday, Dr. Steini Brown said that cases are “cresting at a very high level,” and that the plateau the province has reached is “precarious.”

There are still too many trips to and from work, and he recommended further limiting workplaces deemed essential and establishing supports so sick workers can stay home.

Premier Doug Ford’s government announced a plan to offer employees three paid sick days through the end of September, but opponents have criticized the plan as too little too late, since those self-isolating due to COVID-19 will need to take two weeks off.

Since the start of the pandemic, Ontario has seen 463,364 total cases and 8,050 total deaths.

 

Megan DevlinMegan Devlin

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