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Ontario reports record high daily increase of COVID-19 cases

Last Updated Apr 15, 2021 at 12:01 pm PDT

Summary

Total COVID-19 cases in Ontario have now surpassed 400,000

Toronto has seen more than 1,000 cases for five straight days

Ontario is reporting 4,736 new COVID-19 cases and 29 additional deaths on Thursday.

The daily increase is the highest the province has seen since the start of the pandemic and total cases in the province have now surpassed 400,000.

Locally, there are 1,188 new cases in Toronto, 983 in Peel, 526 in York Region, 342 in Ottawa, 216 in Durham and 215 in Niagara.

Toronto has seen more than 1,000 cases for five straight days.

There were 65,559 tests completed in the last 24 hour period, up from the more than 54,000 tests completed a day ago. Testing numbers are typically down earlier in the week.

The province reports a test positivity rate of 8 per cent, down from 8.6 per cent a day ago but up from 6 per cent on the same day last week.

Tuesday’s positivity rate, at 10.3 per cent, was the highest province has reported since the start of the pandemic. The previous high of 9.7 per cent came on two days, Dec. 29 and Jan. 4, during the peak of the second wave.

The province reported 4,156 cases and 28 deaths on Wednesday.

The rolling seven-day average of cases is up to 4,208. That number is up nearly 1,000 cases from one week ago and it is the highest seven-day average ever.

There are now 1,932 people hospitalized in the province due to COVID-19 with 659 in the ICU. Both numbers are records since the start of the pandemic.

The number of patients flooding into GTA hospitals continues to grow with staff and resources being shuffled and patients being moved to deal with the demand.

Doctors are not only seeing more patients during the third wave, but many are showing up with much more severe symptoms of the virus.

The province says a COVID-19 field hospital in at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto could be activated later this month as it continues to grapple with rising hospitalizations caused by the pandemic.

According to the latest provincial numbers, there are 2,811 additional cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, 15 additional cases of the P.1 variant first detected in Brazil and 11 cases of the B.1351 variant first detected in South Africa.

There are now 27,278 cumulative cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, 191 cases of the P.1 variant and 95 cases of the B.1.351 variant.

There are 38,341 active cases in the province, the B.1.1.7 variant now makes up approximately 70 per cent of the active cases in the province.

There were 105,430 vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hour period.

As of 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, 3,528,404 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

Both the province and Toronto’s top doctor said a delay in the latest shipment of Moderna vaccines was to blame for the recent vaccine supply shortages.

Mayor John Tory says while Toronto’s city-run immunization clinics are capable of vaccinating thousands of residents per day, a recent delay by Moderna is greatly limiting the city’s progress.

On Wednesday, the province announced it has yet to receive 303,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine that were assumed to arrive between April 5th-11th.

The Ford government said that while the province has the capacity to vaccinate 150,000 eligible residents per day, further “delays in shipments and lack of visibility of vaccine volumes into May” are having an impact.