March 21, 2023

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Ontario reported 851 new COVID-19 cases, reaching a new record high of 7 days on average

Ontario reported 851 new COVID-19 cases, reaching a new record high of 7 days on average

Another 851 cases of COVID-19 were reported Monday in Ontario, following record counts of new daily cases for two consecutive days.

Today’s number comes as Provincial Labs completes 28,652 tests for the coronavirus novel, but added 32,000 samples to the queue to process. Ontario currently has the capacity to collect 45,000 tests per day. Throughout the epidemic, test levels drop significantly over the weekend.

The seven-day average of new daily cases, a measure that helps limit noise in the data to provide a clearer view of long-term trends, has continued its steady rise and is now at an all-time high of 878.

The province broke the record for most COVID-19 cases in two days this weekend, with 978 cases on Saturday and 1,042 on Sunday.

Newly confirmed cases in today’s update are mostly concentrated in four public health departments:

  • Toronto: 281
  • Peel area: 215
  • York Area: 90
  • Ottawa: 76

Other areas that have seen double-digit growth:

  • Hamilton: 41
  • Simco Muscoca: 28
  • Halton Area: 27
  • Durham Area: 23
  • Middlesex-London: 11
  • Haldimond-Norfolk: 10

The Premier Doug Ford office said today that no decision would be made by the Ontario government on whether the Halton and Durham areas would face tough COVID-19 restrictions.

Ford indicated on Friday that health officials would examine Caseload in the Halton and Durham areas over the weekend to see if there was a need to return to the revised 2nd phase of the province’s pandemic recovery plan, and an announcement could come earlier today.

Ottawa, Toronto and the Peel and York areas have all seen re-imposed sanctions over the past few weeks as novel coronavirus cases fly across their borders.

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But Halton politicians demanded this province Do not mash them with the neighboring Peel Region, as there are no COVID-19 cases in this area like nowhere else in this province.

Ford said he heard from mayors and officials in the area on Monday that it was a reason for his decision.

Premier has repeatedly said he will take his advice from medical professionals when imposing public health sanctions, but there is also a voice for additional businesses.

“In saying so, I [also] Small business owners need to be heard, “said Ford.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said Monday that the province is still considering measures for Halton, and other area officials are currently concerned.

Elliott said case numbers were “starting to fall” in some areas, but were largely offset by cases linked to Thanksgiving meetings.

The York Region identified one such area in a media release on Sunday, describing 16 confirmed and potential cases related to the Thanksgiving meeting in Vaughan. Public health officials say that cluster also led to infections in the workplace.

Province reported 6 new deaths

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases reported in Ontario hospitals has reached at least 295, much higher than during the recovery of the disease, which began in early August. At the height of the first wave in the early spring, more than 1,000 people were hospitalized.

Furthermore, 78 people are currently being treated in intensive care units and 51 on ventilators, both of which have been slightly reduced since the weekend.

The province reported another six deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total to 3,099.

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A total of 71,224 confirmed cases of coronavirus novel were reported in Ontario at the end of January. Of those, 85 percent are considered resolved.

COVID-19 There are currently 7,296 confirmed, active cases across the province, which are new by a significant margin.

Budget date revealed

At a provincial daily news conference on Monday, Finance Minister Rod Phillips announced the release of the three-year budget on November 5, which includes “three acceptable economic scenarios.”

Philips says another budget update will come in March 2021.

“There is a lot of uncertainty today,” he said.

The budget is due in early March, It was postponed as the province shifted its focus to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Phillips said the government was fired in August A budget deficit of at least $ 38.5 billion for the 2020-2021 financial year.

The PC MP apologized for the unmasked photo in the indoor collection

A progressive Conservative legislator has apologized for not wearing a mask while posing for a group photo over the weekend.

Sam Osterhoff, a parliamentary assistant to the education minister, posted the picture on social media over the weekend but later removed it.

Critics – including the NDP and the head of the Ontario Hospital Association – have called for Osterhoff to resign as parliamentary assistant, saying he was not following his government’s pandemic guidelines.

Osterhoff said the event took place in the banquet hall, where provincial regulations allow less than 50 people to attend.

Five tables were missed in the event and each was limited to less than 10 people.

Osterhoff said he should wear a mask when taking pictures, depending on the proximity of people around him.

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Ford defended Osterhoff on Monday and said he would be a parliamentary aide.

“I have 100 percent confidence in Sam, he does a great job of representing his area,” Ford said.

“Hey, guys, everyone makes mistakes.”