Ontario reports almost 6,000 COVID-19 cases in two days

Grant Boone
April 7, 2021

Toronto's public health agency will force all schools to close on Wednesday and have students learn remotely instead, it announced Tuesday.

Ontario also reports 494 patients in intensive care because of COVID-19 and 293 on a ventilator.

On April 4, the medical officers of health for Toronto, Peel (Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon) and Ottawa asked Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, to recommend more stringent public health measures amid a rise in COVID-19 cases and ICU admissions.

Of the people in hospital, 42 have the variant first detected in the United Kingdom, 20 the strain that emerged in Brazil, and one has the variant that was first identified in South Africa, Henry said. Quebec has reported a total of 317,364 COVID-19 infections and 10,697 deaths linked to the virus; it has 10,271 active reported infections. The expectation is that trend will likely have continued into this week, with concerns raised about variants, how younger people are being affected, and the increasing pressure on hospitals.

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.

"We understand this may not be the news families had hoped for, especially given the province's recent announcement, but recognize the critical need to take steps as directed by TPH to limit the spread of COVID-19 and variants of concern", said Shazia Vlahos, spokesperson for the Toronto Catholic District School Board, in a statement to CBC Toronto.

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Health officials confirmed another 207 COVID-19 variant cases Tuesday.

"The seven-day average for deaths has increased by 7% over the last week to 15 deaths per day", Yaffe said, adding the positivity rate for COVID-19 testing hit a three-month high of 8.9%.

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting no new COVID-19 cases. It is more important than ever to stay on track with our vaccination programs, continue to use all our layers of protection all the time and follow the provincial health orders and guidelines.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 vaccine selfies are popping up on social media feeds as more Canadians roll up their sleeves and get jabbed.

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. But some say the pictures may make anyone who hasn't been able to book an appointment jealous.

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