In Ontario, 3,813 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Saturday, up from 4,227 on Friday.
The province reported a further 19 deaths.
The new cases announced on Saturday include 973 in Toronto, 669 in the Peel region, 442 in the York region, 281 in the Durham region and 289 in Ottawa.
According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, the province’s network of labs has completed more than 61,400 tests in the past 24 hours.
As of 8pm on Friday, 3,044,949 vaccines had been dispensed.
The seven-day average rose from 3,256 to 3,371 cases on Friday
ICUs are constantly being filled, hospitals to stop emergency surgeries
Across the province, 77 new patients with COVID-19 were admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) on Friday. According to Anthony Dale, President of the Ontario Hospital Association.
He said in a tweet on Saturday morning that 572 patients are now in intensive care with COVID-related illnesses.
The latest figures come just days after provinces ordered hospitals to suspend emergency surgeries. A memo was sent to hospitals Thursday night asking them to postpone their emergency surgeries, starting Monday, everywhere but in northern Ontario. Pediatric hospitals are excluded from the queue.
Ontario has not ordered the postponement of emergency surgery since the first wave of the epidemic hit the province in March 2020. As a result of that first adjournment, one for the province Appendix of more than 245,000 procedures.
Prime Minister Doug Ford on Wednesday cited pressure on ICUs in his decision to declare a third state of emergency and order the province stay at home.
Increases vaccination efforts in Ontario hotspots
Ford, which received its first vaccine dose on Friday, said the province’s goal is to get at least a dose of 40 percent of the population before the home stay order expires.
As part of that effort, Ford announced Wednesday that people 18 or older in hotspots are eligible for the vaccine.
Toronto and its environs are home to the largest proportion of racialized workers who have been exposed to the effects of epidemics. Nevertheless, they were not included in the first phase of the provincial vaccine list.
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Although the province’s COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Schedule now recommends a preferred approach for several weeks, Ford’s announcement It also took the public health sector and some health ministry staff by surprise.
At the eastern tip of Toronto, Michael Coron Hospital hopes to deliver Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine of 1,000 doses on Saturday in two hard-hit areas, Thorncliffe Park and Flemington Park.
The hospital’s pop-up clinic runs from 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4 Thorne Cliff Park. It is open to anyone 18 years of age or older with proof of address for a postal code, starting with M4H or M3C.
The Saturday Clinic is the fourth of five clinics planned in the neighborhood from April 7 to April 11.
Abdullah Alsawi said he arrived at the site at 5am to get a place in the queue.
“It’s good that once I get vaccinated, I think more people will get vaccinated,” he told CBC News.
“It’s a wonderful feeling, I’m still alive and feeling free.”
Alsavi said it was a sensational process, but it was necessary to wait.
“They need to speed up the process a little bit and vaccinate a lot of people so a lot of people have the opportunity to be safe and live safely with their loved ones,” he said.
“We are excited about the opportunity to provide COVID-19 vaccines to our community members, many of whom are essential workers,” Ahmed Hussein, chief executive of the neighborhood organization, told a news conference.
“The places we have chosen for these pop-up vaccination clinics are the places where we naturally gather in our community,” he said. “They are places where our residents know and live closely, and we look forward to vaccinating them in a safe, convenient way.”