Thursday, 17 June, 2021


CANADA: Rising COVID cases sparks renewed concerns over hospital strain

Ontario to drop two days' worth of COVID-19 data today Top Public Health Officials Calling for Stay at Home Order in Ontario
Noah Ferguson | 06 April, 2021, 19:59

Ontario says 1,976 cases have been resolved since the last update.

The 3,065 infections reported Tuesday mark a slight increase over Monday's total when 2,938 were added. That's more cases than in June, July and August 2020 combined.

The Ministry of Health says there are now 1,161 patients hospitalized across the province due to the virus, up from 942 a day ago. The last time the province's positivity rate was that high was in early January when it reached 9.4 per cent.

More than 76,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Ontario since Monday's report. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 955 new cases in Toronto, 561 in Peel Region and 320 in York Region.

Ottawa's medical officer of health has spoken out to stress the need for further pandemic restrictions, including a provincewide stay-at-home order, to stem the spread of COVID-19 and more threatening variants of the virus as pressure mounts on the health-care system.

Morrison says two cases reported on March 26 have been confirmed as the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom.

Etches said her team is reviewing school-related COVID-19 data to advise on an approach for local schools.

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.

Students will also be back in their classrooms today after the province put an end on Thursday to days of anxiety and speculation about a possible return to remote learning.

But provincial data continues to prove what many experts have always been saying: that struggling businesses like these and even people gathering socially are not the primary cause of rising case numbers, and thus shouldn't be the focus of Premier Doug Ford and his team's measures. "We are not dealing with the same virus that we started out with a year ago".

More than 323,148 people have been fully vaccinated against the disease in Ontario since mid-December.

Lead image: A message to visitors on the door to the Kimberley Visitor Centre from the City of Kimberley.

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