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Ontario reports more than 3,200 new COVID-19 cases, single-day record for vaccinations

Last Updated Apr 7, 2021 at 3:37 pm EDT

Ontario is reporting 3,215 new COVID-19 cases and 17 additional deaths on Wednesday.

There were 49,889 tests completed in the last 24 hour period.

The province reports a test positivity rate of 6.7 per cent. The province reported a positivity rate of 8.9 per cent a day ago, the highest number in three months.

Locally, there are 1,095 new cases in Toronto, 596 in Peel, 342 in York Region, 225 in Ottawa and 187 in Durham.

Ontario reported 3,065 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths on Tuesday.

There are now 1,397 people hospitalized in the province due to COVID-19 with 476 in the ICU. It is the highest number of hospitalizations since Jan. 26.

There were 104,199 vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hour period. It mark a new single-day record for daily vaccinations.

As of 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, 2,726,221 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

People aged 60 and over can book COVID-19 vaccine appointments in every region of Ontario starting Wednesday.

The province has also released a list of postal codes where vaccines will be available to anyone 50 and older in COVID-19 hotspots and many are in the GTA.

The latest provincial numbers confirm 126 additional cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first detected in the U.K. and fourteen additional cases of the P.1 variant first detected in Brazil.

There are 2,291 cumulative cases of the B.1.7 variant, 120 cases of the P.1 variant and 72 cases of the B.1.351 variant first detected in South Africa.

The province reports another 1,719 cases where a mutation has been detected but the exact lineage cannot be determined.

The Ford government is expected to announce a provincewide stay-at-home order on Wednesday, along with the closure of non-essential retail and new restrictions for big box stores.

In an effort to curb rising COVID-19 cases and ICU admissions, non-essential retail stores will be restricted to curbside pickup only according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.

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