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Ontario reports 3,295 new cases of COVID-19, 19 new deaths, over 100,000 vaccinations

Written by on April 8, 2021

TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 3,295 new cases of COVID-19 today and 19 more deaths linked to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 933 new cases in Toronto, 649 in Peel Region, and 386 in York Region.

She also say there are 165 new cases in Durham Region and 160 in Ottawa.

More than 63,800 tests were completed since the last report.

There are 1,417 people hospitalized in Ontario because of COVID-19, with 525 in intensive care and 318 on a ventilator.

Ontario says that 108,563 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the province since Wednesday’s report.

It’s the second straight day more than 100,000 vaccines have been given out in the province.

A total of 2,834,784 vaccine doses have been given in Ontario so far.

Meanwhile, a stay-at-home order took effect across Ontario on Thursday in response to worsening COVID-19 trends.

Premier Doug Ford announced the move Wednesday, saying it was prompted by a surge in cases driven by more infectious variants.

Stores that sell goods such as groceries, cleaning supplies and pharmacy products can remain open but only to sell essential items. 

Non-essential retail can open for curbside pickup or delivery only.

The province is declaring the third state of emergency since the start of the pandemic to invoke the new measures.

The changes come after a month-long shutdown announced last week was criticized as too weak to address the third wave of infections.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 8, 2021.

The Canadian Press