Ontario reporting just under 6,000 new COVID-19 cases over past two days

Apr 5 2021, 7:28 am

Ontario reported 5,979 new COVID-19 cases over a two-day period during the Easter long weekend.

On Sunday 3,041 new cases and 12 deaths were reported. The province then reported 2,938 new cases and 10 deaths on Monday.

This follows Saturday’s 3,009 cases and Friday’s 3,089. Cases were also high all of last week, with daily numbers in the 2,000 to 2,500 range.

Of the latest cases Monday, 906 were in Toronto, 533 were in Peel, and 391 were in York Region.

Approximately 2.5 million vaccine doses have been administered so far, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott.

There are now 796 people in Ontario’s hospitals with COVID-19, including 451 in the ICU. That’s an all-time high for ICU admissions, according to provincial data.

The entire province entered a 28-day shutdown on Saturday, with personal care businesses and restaurant patios forced to close. Non-essential shopping is still allowed though, making this shutdown less harsh than the lockdowns imposed during the first and second waves.

In Ontario’s latest COVID-19 modelling, the province said variants of concern are driving infection and hospital admissions, and cautioned case counts could rise to 6,000 per day if the province didn’t impose Stay-at-Home orders.

The province has now seen a total of 364,537 cases since the pandemic began.

Megan DevlinMegan Devlin

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