Two days after 3,000 days earlier this week, 3,166 new COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths were reported in Ontario on Friday.
This brings the official death toll from the disease to 8,236.
There were 876 new cases reported in Toronto, 817 in Peel, 300 in York, 205 in Durham and 148 in Hamilton.
The seven-day average for cases softening peaks and valleys for data dropped slightly to 3,266.
The number of cases today may actually be higher than reported. The province says it is dealing with a technical problem with the laboratory data feed, so the numbers for the Middle East, Midwest and Toronto regions may be underestimated.
Numbers 51,338 trials completed – less than Ontario’s capacity. This puts the daily positive rate for the province at seven percent.
Ontario also reported 3,875 settled cases.
As of 8pm on Thursday, 5,885,485 doses of the vaccine had been given, Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a tweet. This is an increase of 144,724 vaccines, and a new one-day record for the province.
We don’t want to open prematurely and end up with a fourth wave.– Dr. Barbara Yoff
Earlier this week, health officials said they expected two-thirds of adults in Ontario to have taken the first shot by the end of May.
When asked on Thursday if people could expect public health restrictions to be relaxed in late May and to go into June, Dr Barbara Yaff, the associate medical officer for health, said the province was “having active discussions” around the limits on easing any restrictions.
“Of course we don’t know yet,” he said.
But with case numbers and hospital admissions so high, “I’ll be surprised if things open by the end of May,” Yaf said.
“We didn’t want to open early and end up with a fourth wave,” Yaf said.
The province is expanding its rapid testing for certain businesses
Today, the province announced the expansion of rapid testing efforts for businesses in Ontario.
Called the “COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative”, the program will provide employees of small and medium businesses with free rapid antigen testing through local trading rooms and other organizations.
In a press release, the province has sent more than 760,000 rapid test kits to 28 rooms, and more than 50 people have expressed interest in participating in the event.
Experts call on the province to increase the use of rapid COVID-19 tests, but federal data show only a small fraction Has actually been used.
As of April 23, more than 7.4 million rapid antigen tests have been used in various sectors in Ontario, including long-term care and retirement homes, congregation care systems, tribal communities, schools and workplaces. Email report.
When asked how many tests have been provided, the health ministry did not respond, but said it expects quick tests to be used once they are used.
The Prime Minister is pushing back against attack advertisements
At a news conference on Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau backed down from the Ontario government’s offensive advertisements, saying the federal government was not enough to protect Canada’s borders against the COVID-19 lawsuits – although travel has been a relatively low source of the virus for months now in Ontario.
However, Prime Minister Doug Ford and his ministers have been inviting Trudeau to press conferences for several weeks, saying more needs to be done to curb travel to the province.
Trudeau said Friday that he knew provincial leaders were now depressed.
“Some people will choose to point fingers, blame and engage in personal attacks. That is not my approach, this is not what Ontarians need,” the prime minister said.
Trudeau said he spoke with Ford about the matter last week and said that if he was interested in traveling to Ontario, he would be willing to look into it now.
Trudeau noted that the border was closed to all except essential workers and a limited number of exceptions. The Prime Minister said he had offered to look into ending or further restricting entry when it comes to international student arrivals, temporary foreign workers and compassionate exceptions.
Last Thursday Ford called for a ban on entry for international students, but he said the 30,000 students who have come to Ontario over the past few months have “been recognized by the Ontario government.”
“If the Ontario government wants to do more to control the number of people coming to Ontario, we are happy to work with them,” Trudeau said. “But with the exception of personal requests, it’s been a week since we received that request directly from the Prime Minister that they have not consistently followed, which does not mean, obviously, it will not help the Ontarians.”