Ontario reports fewest new COVID-19 cases in over a month

Ontario reports fewest new COVID-19 cases in over a month

Ontario reports fewest new COVID-19 cases in over a month

The province reported 3,436 new cases of COVID-19 today and 16 more deaths linked to the virus.

For the week ending on April 24, the most recent data available, the weekly percent positivity for Middlesex-London was 6.8 per cent, compared to 9.2 per cent for Ontario.

The province reported 46,803 tests were processed yesterday. Testing numbers are typically down earlier in the week.

Elliott said there were 1,198 new cases in Toronto, 797 in Peel Region, 306 in York Region, 237 in Hamilton and 232 in Durham Region.

There were 3,323 resolved cases, outnumbering new cases for two weeks straight now and dropping the active case count to 36,440.

Ontario's rolling seven-day average now stands at 3,509, down from 3,887 at this point last week.

The Ministry of Health says that 2,167 people are hospitalized because of the novel coronavirus, with 886 in intensive care and 609 on ventilators.

In addition, the province added 51 more cases of the P.1 (Brazilian variant), which brings its total number of cases to 971.

Ontario put 88,871 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine into arms, bringing the total number of doses administered to nearly 5.5 million.

In the last 24-hour period, officials said that 88,871 doses of the vaccine were administered to residents in the province.

Before May 3, the notoriously busy and scantily-supplied pop-ups were the only way that those adults in hot spot postal codes who didn't qualify for a shot based on other provincial criteria - such as having a select high-risk health condition - could get one.

Approximately 210,000 first dose appointments were made across the province, including 166,772 at City of Toronto run clinics.

Christine Elliott says more than 73,000 appointments were booked between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. EDT, despite the frustrations described by some social media users.

Eligibility expands further across Ontario on Thursday, when online bookings open up to all residents aged 50 and over.

Ontario is expanding the number of people that will soon be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment across the province.

Nearly 1.2 million Canadians have received their first shot of AstraZeneca through their local pharmacies, but now there are rising concerns about second doses.

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