Ontario reports 3065 new COVID-19 cases and eight additional deaths

Tanya Simon
April 6, 2021

The Ontario government has said it will not duplicate the paid sick leave program run by Ottawa, but Tory said rising case counts and the resulting pressure on the province's hospitals show that approach needs to be reconsidered.

The province logged 2,938 new cases of the novel coronavirus today (April 5) and 3,041 cases on Sunday (April 4), as data sharing was paused for the Easter Sunday holiday.

Ontario labs processed more than 37,500 tests in the past 24 hours, and another 29,173 tests are under investigation.

Another 1,068 cases that have screened positive for a variant are awaiting whole genome sequencing to identify their lineage, with a total of 27,193 cases pending confirmation of what variant they are. The last time the province's positivity rate was that high was in early January when it reached 9.4 per cent.

Since we last reported, we have had 579 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 986 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 100 in the Island Health region, 129 in the Interior Health region, 95 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

Prince Edward Island is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 today.

She also says there are 165 new cases in Ottawa and 132 in Niagara Region.

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The 10 high burden States and UTs are contributing 91.4 per cent of total cases and 90.9 per cent of total deaths in the country. Maharashtra , Karnataka , Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Punjab cumulatively account for over 76 per cent of the country's caseload.

There are 942 people hospitalized with the virus in Ontario, but the Ministry of Health noted that 10 per cent of Ontario's hospitals do not submit data on weekends.

Of the active cases, 318 individuals are now hospitalized with COVID-19, 96 of whom are in intensive care.

"The variant is a completely different disease, completely different from classic COVID".

To date, 893,590 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,472 of which are second doses.

That number drops even further here at home when you adjust to only include those who, for the most part, are being targeted for a first shot right now.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has recommended the closure of 22 schools in the city due to COVID-19, effective Tuesday.

As of Monday evening, over 2.6 million doses have been administered to Ontarians, with 76,199 yesterday alone.

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