Just one day before Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce new potential lockdown measures for Ontario in the midst of what has been described as an out-of-control third wave, Toronto's top doctor confirmed that additional restrictions are definitely needed to combat the situation here in the city, as well as in other regions.
She also says there are 153 new cases in Hamilton, 124 in Ottawa and 120 in Durham Region. The province needs to tweak its software to accept health cards from people in this younger age group, he said.
Emergency physicians and epidemiologists have repeatedly said that the B117 variant, first detected in the United Kingdom, is more risky than the province's immunization campaign.
Ornge, the province's air ambulance service, said Monday that between January 1 and March 25, at least 601 patients were transferred to different hospitals to help address the pandemic capacity crunch.
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Ontario is reporting 2,333 new cases of COVID-19 today and 15 more deaths linked to the virus.
In total, the province has so far administered 2,102,380 COVID-19 vaccine doses.
"The minister will be keeping a sharp eye on it, as well as myself and the chief medical officer", he said.
On Tuesday, the province reported its highest number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations since early February.
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"Our ability to get needles into arms grow by the day but the supply of vaccines, it isn't keeping up with our capacity to deliver them, not even close".
The province says 1,973 cases were resolved since the last daily update. The first 97,600 doses arrived in the week of March 22, while the second shipment of 225,400 doses expected in the week of March 29 was delayed and is now expected on April 7.
It is also expecting 583,400 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from a shipment that arrived in Canada on Tuesday and is awaiting federal approval to be released to the province.
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