Ontario’s ICU admissions surpass 500, new COVID-19 infections top 3,000
So far, 2.6-million Ontarians have been vaccinated against COVID-19, and Ford said the government's priority is to make sure more of those vaccines are reaching those who need them. Do vaccines work on them?
Trudeau says when he speaks with Ford later Tuesday, he hopes to determine how the federal government can assist Ontario with the third wave of COVID-19 now sweeping the province.
The health unit says new variants have increased the risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19 and strong measures are necessary.
"The situation with COVID-19 and schools in Ottawa is now manageable, as 73 per cent of schools have no people with an active COVID-19 infection where there was an exposure in school, and 98 per cent of schools are free from an outbreak", she said. Since April 1 there have been 23 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,486 deaths in British Columbia.
On Monday, B.C. reported almost 1,900 new infections in the previous two days and 23 deaths in the previous four.
Over the past four days, more than 4,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in B.C. Outside of the GTA, there were 165 cases in Ottawa and 132 in Niagara. There are 162 active reported cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick and 18 patients are hospitalized with the disease, including 12 in intensive care.
"A lot of people were going into the malls and coming out with no bags", he said.
According to provincial data, there are now 2,342 cases of a variant of concern (VOC) in Ontario, with the B.1.1.7 variant comprising 2,165 of the total VOC cases.
He said the government will be "very clear tomorrow". I think we made a massive move last week by basically shutting down the entire province. It has also helped support child-care needs during the pandemic and keep municipalities and public transit operating. "It is more important than ever to stay on track with our vaccination programs, continue to use all our layers of protection all the time and follow the provincial health orders and guidelines".
The Ford government has not announced any plans to bump up the timeline to vaccinate essential workers who can not work from home despite calls for the Ford government to do so.
Speaking on Newstalk 580 CFRA's "Ottawa Now with Kristy Cameron", Emergency and Protective Services General Manager Anthony Di Monte, who is leading the local distribution, said residents who live in the three identified hot spot neighbourhoods will book their appointments through Ottawa Public Health and not through the provincial portal.