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Ontario reports 2,333 new cases of COVID-19, 15 deaths, nearly 90,000 vaccinations

Ontario reported more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday for the sixth day in a row, as the number of deaths and hospitalizations continued to rise.

At the end of last week, 400 ICU beds were occupied with COVID-19 patients. Jessica NG has the story.

Anthony Dale, Ontario Hospital Association president and CEO, shared the alarming number on Twitter Wednesday. Our critical care system in Ontario is not structured for such a major accident.

"As we prepare to be home for the long weekend and upcoming April Break, we again need to consider and be ready for the possibility of individual classes, schools or the system moving to remote learning for a period of time", the letter, which was obtained by CTV News Toronto, said.

The increase in ICU admissions is largely driven by the prevalence of anxiety types in the province. Ford says he is "extremely concerned" about rising infections and stressed that residents must follow public health rules.

Emergency physicians and epidemiologists have repeatedly said that the B117 variant, first detected in the United Kingdom, is more unsafe than the province's immunization campaign. Ontario's COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Schedule, a panel of experts advising the government on its epidemiology, now accounts for 69 percent of variants in new epidemics.

On that front, Ontario's Ministry of Health said yesterday was a record day for vaccinations, with 89,873 shots delivered.

The province reports that 315,820 people in Ontario have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and are now considered immunized against the disease.

The province is still waiting for a second export of modernna sizes.

By comparison, the provincial government said Monday that 77 percent of Ontarians 80 and older had gotten their first dose.

The seven-day average for number of cases reported across the province is now 2,094.

With 52,532 tests processed in the last 24 hours, the province says its COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 4.8 per cent after two days above the six per cent mark. Well over half of the new cases today are coming from hot spot regions with 727 new cases in Toronto, 434 in Peel, 229 in York Region, 194 in Durham, 144 in Ottawa and 123 in Hamilton. In total, the province has seen 7,337 deaths related to the novel coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.