Ontario reporting lowest number of daily COVID cases in nearly three weeks

WATCH: Province spending $125M to create 500 new critical care beds for hospitals

As the number of COVID-19 cases neared 4,000 a day in early January, Ford declared a state of emergency and issued a stay-at home order. "It was only a few months ago, the end of October that we were there, and we can get back there I believe". There remain 48 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, source of 65 per cent of COVID-19 deaths, and 10 in acute care settings.

The provincial government's new outdoor gathering limit and stay-at-home order went into effect across the province on Thursday.

Meanwhile, a clinic dedicated to administering COVID-19 vaccines opened in a Toronto convention centre today. He said this number was stable and that there were hundreds of empty hospital beds in intensive care and general wards.

"When we're in the fight of our lives, this incredible, state-of-the-art hospital, it's like reinforcements coming over the hill", he said. They include 815 in Toronto, 507 in Peel Region, 151 in both York and Niagara regions, and 121 in Hamilton.

Number of people in hospital is 1,571 - up by 1.

Krystle Caputo said 57 residents, 43 staff, and two essential visitors have tested positive for COVID-19 at Roberta Place.

However, the new COVID-19 immunization clinic may be impacted by the delay in Pfizer's vaccine shipments.

The clinic will be located at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre under the direction of the Ministry of Health, the City and Toronto Public Health.

Pfizer-BioNTech, which manufactures one of the two Health Canada-approved vaccines, announced last week that it's temporarily delaying worldwide shipments of the shots while it upgrades production facilities in Europe.



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