Province reporting 3,670 cases of COVID-19 as positivity rate increases

Ontario cancels elective surgeries, as COVID cases soar

The latest figures show 21 additional deaths associated with the virus and a sharp rise of new cases in Toronto, which jumped by almost 400 to 1,353.

The province's positivity rate also rose on Sunday. This is the highest positivity rate to date.

Today's report includes 2,573 recoveries and 15 new deaths.

It says half of Saskatchewan residents who are 50 and older have now received their first dose.

The ministry of health said that there are 1,822 people in hospital because of COVID-19.

"We are seeing a rapidly deteriorating situation with a record number of COVID cases and hospital admissions threatening to overwhelm our health care system", said Premier Ford.

Nova Scotia is reporting five new cases of COVID-19 today.

Health officials are reporting a total of 40 active COVID-19 infections in the province. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

It says the expansion will help vaccinate those 55 or older, who are now the only ones cleared to receive the AstraZeneca shot.

With the new locations, more than 1,400 pharmacies will offer vaccines, with the province expecting to add another 100 by the end of April.

Ontario to implement new restrictions as variant cases rise
On Monday, Peel Public Health was the latest health unit to use its authority to close its schools to in-person learning. Toronto schools will be closed to in-person learning starting on Wednesday.

There have been 112 deaths caused by the virus this week.

Another 21 people died in the last 24 hours bringing the death toll to 7,552. Of those, 605 are in intensive care and 382 on ventilators.

A hospital at the centre of a COVID-19 outbreak in northwestern New Brunswick says it is now treating 13 patients with the infection.

So far the hospital has transferred two patients to a hospital in Fredericton.

To slow the spread of COVID-19 there is a provincial shutdown in effect as well as a stay-at-home order.

Ontario reported 3,670 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and 15 more deaths linked to the virus.

There were 95,692 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on April 12, which is up from 74,7224 doses on April 11.

Monday had 4,401, Sunday saw a record-breaking 4,456, Saturday had 3,813, Friday had 4,227, Thursday had 3,295, Wednesday had 3,251.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there were 860 in Peel Region and 444 in York Region over the past 24 hours.

There were 593 COVID-positive patients receiving critical care in Ontario ICUs as of Sunday, according to Critical Care Services Ontario.

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