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

03 Mai, 2021, 23:04 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Ontario reports 3,732 new cases of COVID-19 and 23 new deaths Sunday

The Ontario government is expanding booking eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination appointments across the province starting May 3 at 8:00 a.m.

Other groups who will become eligible to book through the provincial system Thursday include elementary and secondary school workers, individuals with high-risk health conditions, frontline workers in the province's "group one" category who can not work from home, and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals.

The province says those 18 years of age and older living in one of 114 hot spot communities will be able to book their vaccine appointment through the province's online portal beginning Monday at 8 a.m.

"With additional supply our government is increasing access to the COVID-19 vaccines in the communities hardest hit by COVID-19", said Health Minister Christine Elliott, in a release Sunday.

COVID's third wave is younger and sicker.

Sunday's announcement confirmed a plan outlined last week appears to be proceeding as expected.

All adults in hot spots have been cleared for immunization for some time, though they could not book through the provincial website. Instead, residents have been getting shots at pop-up and mobile clinics, sometimes standing in line for hours.

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Health Canada is forecasting 3.1 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be shipped to Ontario in the month of May.

If supply holds, the province expects to make those 18 and older eligible for a shot at mass sites provincewide on the week of May 24. That includes individuals with the highest risk health conditions, child care workers, and education workers who provide direct support to students with special education needs.

The province reported 3,436 new cases of COVID-19 today and 16 more deaths linked to the virus.

Of the newly announced cases, 1,050 are in Toronto, 819 are in Peel, 286 are in York Region, 158 are in Ottawa, and 157 are in Durham.

Despite the uptick in cases, the province recorded a decrease in both hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units.

The Ministry of Health says 1,925 people are in hospital with COVID-19, but notes that more than 10 per cent of hospitals did not submit data to the province over the weekend.

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