Stay-at-home order, state of emergency extended, more restrictions put in place

Ontario has new COVID daily high

Provincial figures show hospital admissions are now outpacing recoveries from COVID-19. "We are all suffering as a result of a delay in arrival of vaccine".

Ottawa Public Health reported 283 new cases of COVID-19 in the city on Sunday, with 110 people in hospital and 30 of them in intensive care.

Brown's presentation also emphasizes that the current state of Ontario's hospitals is dire: care is being compromised for all patients, including those who are not infected with COVID-19.

The rolling seven-day average of cases is up to 4,208.

Canada health authorities "will continue to monitor the use of all COVID-19 vaccines closely and examine and assess any new safety concerns", the statement said.

She added that 53,776 tests were completed during this reporting period, with 3,837,881 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered. "Most people we're dealing with have a good common sense approach to why we're doing this, and the general public generally tends to be very cooperative and we're not anticipating any major issues on those bridges".

The previously announced hospitalization has now been moved into intensive care at the QEH.

Inspectors will be making sure people who must absolutely work out of the home are following public health measures.

The province reported 4,250 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, down slightly from the previous day's total (4,362).

Earlier this week, it was announced schools are moving to remote learning after this week's April break.

All non-essential constructions projects will be stopped, places of worship are limited to a capacity of no more than 10 people indoors or outdoors for services, weddings, and funerals.

The province will be increasing its number of hospital beds by anywhere between 700 to 1,000 new beds.

Provincial offences officers will also be visiting over 500 workplaces this weekend in the COVID-19 hotspots of Ottawa, Toronto and York Region.

Saskatchewan recorded 193 new infections and one more death.

It's unclear what impact this might have on the London region, which is already expecting a reduction in COVID-19 vaccines in coming weeks.

Despite the emergence of the second linked case of blood clotting, Ontario will begin offering the AstraZeneca vaccine from Tuesday (local time) to people turning 40 or older this year, according to a government source.

Mr Ford blamed a lack of vaccines for the latest restrictions but made no mention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's announcement that Pfizer is doubling the amount of vaccines to Canada over the next month and getting millions more in May and June.

British Columbia says ready to expand its vaccine effort to residents as young as 18.

Another five infections of the P.1 strain (Brazilian variant) were also found, bringing the case total to 207.

In the Timmins area, there has been a surge of cases this week, with 68 cases being confirmed by the Porcupine Health Unit since Monday.

"The biggest problem we now face, may be that we're just too exhausted to notice", said Brown.



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