Ontario reports 1546 new cases of COVID-19, 329 cases in Peel

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The province added 1,699 cases on Monday with sixty-three per cent in the hot spots around the GTHA.

The rolling seven-day average of new cases has climbed from 1,334 to 1,667 week-over-week.

Over 32,000 tests were done in the last 24 hours and over 50,000 vaccines were given.

The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary.

The province launched its online COVID-19 vaccine booking system on March 15, where starting on March 22, those 75 and older can book an appointment.

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Elliott says, "Ontario hospitals have faced extraordinary challenges and our hospital workers have worked tirelessly to deliver exceptional care for patients and families across the province". Ontario has not seen this many COVID-19 patients in the ICU since February 8, according to information released by the Ministry of Health.

Premier Doug Ford says pharmacies in Peel, York and northwest Toronto will be prioritized for vaccinations to deal with what he calls an "inferno" happening in those regions.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams said the numbers are going up, though not as fast as predicted by the COVID-19 modelers.

Public health units also recorded nine more deaths of people with COVID-19, bringing the official toll to 7,253.

Twenty new variant cases were reported.

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