Ontario reports almost 4,500 new COVID-19 infections

James Marshall
April 21, 2021

The province reports a test positivity rate of 10 per cent, down from the a record rate of 10.5 per cent a day ago. To date, 13.5 million tests have been completed.

The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 206.5 cases per 100,000 people, which is an increase of 27.8 per cent from last week (April 3 to April 9).

There were 1,074 new cases in Toronto, 775 in Peel, 406 in York, 256 in Durham, 197 in Ottawa, 130 in Halton and 106 in Niagara.

India has reported more than 250,000 new cases of COVID-19 daily this week and doctors are investigating whether another new variant, known as B.1.617, may be part of the reason.

Since that case was discovered, public health officials have been undergoing contact tracing and testing people with symptoms of COVID-19 in the city. That is twice the number of confirmed variant cases just one week ago.

Hospitalizations grew to 2,360, and of that total, 773 were now in intensive care and 537 of those patients are on a ventilator. Both numbers are records since the start of the pandemic.

The race between vaccines and surging COVID-19 variants hit a new gear on Monday as more provinces announced they would expand access to the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot, and Ontario and Quebec partially closed their borders to slow the spread.

A new field hospital at Sunnybrook Hospital is opening beds this week with a total of 20 beds being available by the end of the month.

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

Provincial data showed 90,409 doses of vaccine put into arms in the previous day, although that number was artificially low due to reporting issues related to a large cellphone outage.

People aged 40 and older are now getting the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at some 1,400 pharmacies across the province.

Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin said Tuesday he wants everybody to stay out of his province unless they live there, invoking a ban on incoming travellers who aren't Nova Scotia residents or essential workers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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