Ontario reports more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths

Apr 6 2021, 7:26 am

Ontario reported 3,065 new COVID-19 infections Tuesday, marking the fifth day in a row case counts have been near or above 3,000.

Of the latest cases, 955 are in Toronto, 561 are in Peel, and 320 are in York Region.

Another 8 people also died of the virus within the last day, bringing Ontario’s death toll to 7,458.

There are also 1,161 people in Ontario’s hospital with COVID-19 including 510 in the ICU. This is the first time ICU admissions have surpassed 500 during the pandemic.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

Ontario’s hospital and ICU admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Government of Ontario)

The province has administered approximately 2.6 million doses of vaccine, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott.

Premier Doug Ford is scheduled to make an announcement on the province’s vaccination plan Tuesday afternoon. Local health authorities are rushing to administer vaccines to slow the growing third wave of infection.

Ontario is currently in a province-wide shutdown that started on Saturday, but Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa’s top doctors are calling for the implementation of another provincial Stay-at-Home order.

The latest epidemiological modelling warns Ontario’s new infections could hit 6,000 per day if the province doesn’t implement further restrictions.

Peel has already ordered all schools closed for two weeks to break chains of transmission. More than a dozen Toronto schools were also closed Tuesday due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

To date, Ontario has seen 367,602 COVID-19 cases.

Megan DevlinMegan Devlin

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