Ontario’s new COVID-19 cases below 3,500, another 22 deaths reported

By Canadian Press	
	 		The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday

GTA hospitals now overflowing with COVID patients have transferred over 550 patients to other areas of the province. Testing numbers are typically down earlier in the week on Monday and Tuesday.

Nunavut's vaccination program is ongoing as well, with 11,282 Nunavummiut fully inoculated against COVID-19.

Today's new cases bring the total active cases in the territory to 33. Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland became suddenly eligible when Ontario lowered the age to get an Oxford-AstraZeneca shot at a pharmacy to people 40 years old and up.

Since the pandemic began, the province has logged 424,911 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 374,213 recoveries and 7,757 deaths - 22 of which were reported in the previous day.

Talks continue to work out the details, King said, adding: "I only committed to doing what we can".

New Brunswick can't spare any health-care workers to assist Ontario in battling the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, says Health Minister Dorothy Shephard.


The province is not sure when the next shipments of AstraZeneca will arrive, although Pfizer is still coming in, she said.

Checkpoints went up at the boundaries with Quebec and Manitoba this morning to limit inter-provincial travel.

Ontario reported 4,447 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, marking the sixth day in a row that case counts have been above 4,000.

Hospitalizations grew to 2,360, and of that total, 773 were now in intensive care and 537 of those patients are on a ventilator. "We know that the next shipment of the Moderna vaccines has been delayed three times - it won't be received until the first part of May and even at that point the shipment is going to be cut in half".

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization was scheduled to give an update Tuesday on its guidance for the AstraZeneca shot, but has postponed the announcement to later this week in order to validate more data.

O'Toole said he was booked for Saturday, while Singh is being vaccinated Wednesday.

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