Ontario reports under 4,000 new COVID-19 cases for seventh straight day

Grant Boone
May 5, 2021

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is reporting 72 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, but no new deaths. However, the positivity rate remains high at 9.1 per cent. To date, 14.1 million tests have been completed.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 985 new cases in Toronto, 714 in Peel Region, and 351 in York Region.

37,438 active cases, which is down from 38,062 yesterday.

The province reported 3,436 cases and 16 deaths on Monday.

The seven-day average has dropped to 3,509 cases, down from 3,887 last week.

An Ontario court is expected to rule today on if the province's COVID-19 vaccination rollout was discriminatory.

The province confirms another 2,303 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, 51 additional cases of the P.1 variant first detected in Brazil and eight additional cases of the B.1351 variant first detected in South Africa.

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About 30.5% of the population, or about 101,407,318 people, have been fully vaccinated as of last week. The White House previously resisted efforts to distribute vaccine by metrics other than population.

"Continuing to focus on getting vaccines in the arms of those most at risk will help to stop the spread of COVID-19 in these communities, protect our hospital capacity and save lives", Elliott said in a statement as she urged residents to avail themselves of the expanded eligibility criteria and get vaccinated.

Ontario has said it expects everyone aged 18 and over to be able to book a vaccine by the end of May.

The province said more than 130,000 appointments were booked by the early afternoon.

Eligibility expands further across Ontario on Thursday, when online bookings open up to all residents aged 50 and over. Also eligible Thursday are people with high-risk health conditions, people in the first group of workers who can not work from home, such as education workers, and First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals in addition to the other channels previously available to book their appointment.

Nearly 1.2 million Canadians have received their first shot of AstraZeneca through their local pharmacies, but now there are rising concerns about second doses.

Ontario reported fewer than 3,000 cases for the first time since the beginning of April.

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