Those figures were provisional and have since been confirmed as 1,074 cases over April 1 to 2 and 1,077 cases over April 2 to 3.
Toronto's public health agency will force all schools to close on Wednesday and have students learn remotely instead, it announced Tuesday. So far, 87,472 people have received two doses since December.
They now represent at least two thirds of case growth, but their path to dominance was predicted by the Ontario COVID-19 Science Table as early as mid-February. The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital jumped from 23 on March 19 to 53 on April 5, while the number of people in the ICU with COVID-19 quadrupled from four to 16.More news: Frederick, Maryland shooting: Police report 2 victims, and 'one suspect is down'
All of the new variant cases were found in the Vancouver region, except for one case that was found in the Fraser Health region. But the P.1 variant first identified in Brazil is also charging ahead quickly, particularly in British Columbia where 737 of the 857 P.1 cases in Canada have been confirmed.
That's almost as many as the province's record of 1,072 cases identified in a single day, which was set over the Easter weekend.
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The province is moving ahead with its COVID-19 Immunization Plan ahead of schedule, and launching "Get Vaccinated", B.C.'s online and telephone registration and booking system.
Ontario is also moving into a second phase of its vaccination campaign, which includes inoculating essential workers who can not work from home, people with high-risk health conditions and communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus.
The more people we can protect with vaccines, the more protection is extended to our communities, our province and Canada as a whole. And what do we need to do in the meantime to keep Canadians alive until this is over? It is more important than ever to stay on track with our vaccination programs, continue to use all our layers of protection all the time and follow the provincial health orders and guidelines.More news: Amid wastewater overflow threat, Florida officials urge residents to heed evacuation orders
This age group also is more likely to live with roommates and work in a public-facing job, leading to something of a ripple effect. This is especially important for anyone who has been travelling in these past weeks, as transmission has increased. Dix said. "But, we're seeing more cases of serious illness, where people see themselves in critical care and need assistance with breathing and so on". "But right now we don't have enough people protected".