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Ontario tops 3,000 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, ICU numbers reach pandemic high

Last Updated Apr 3, 2021 at 2:48 pm EDT

A man walks past a COVID-19 retail supplies sign during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Feb. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ontario has topped 3,000 new COVID-19 new cases for the first time since Jan. 17 as the number of patients in the Intensive Care Unit hit a pandemic record high.

There were 3,009 cases reported Saturday with over 59,100 tests completed. Another 16 deaths related to COVID-19 were also reported.

Toronto saw the highest number of cases with 954 while Peel reported 434, and 348 cases in York Region. Outside the GTA, Ottawa had 205 new COVID-19 cases and Hamilton reported 146.

There were 3,089 new cases on Good Friday from 62,300 tests and 23 COVID-19 deaths. The province did not release new data on the statutory holiday.

A daily report by Critical Care Services Ontario, which tracks hospitalizations, stated 447 people are currently in the ICU with a COVID-19-related critical illness — up from 432 the day before.

There were 43 new admissions yesterday.

Anthony Dale, the president of the Ontario Hospital Association, said in a tweet, that 20 of those new admissions were in the Central Region, which includes York, Peel, Simcoe and Halton.

With the additional 39 deaths over the past two days, 7,428 people have now died in the province as a result of COVID-19 since last March.

Of the 358,558 COVID-19 cases reported in the province, 327,940 are considered resolved. There are 23,190 active cases in Ontario.

There were almost 60,000 COVID-19 vaccines administered on Good Friday. The province has now given out 2,424,063 doses.

All 34 public health units entered a province-wide shutdown Saturday morning at 12:01, aimed at curbing the rapid spread of COVID-19 variants and spiking hospitalization and ICU numbers.


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