Ontario to drop two days' worth of COVID-19 data today

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On Monday, B.C. reported almost 1,900 new infections in the previous two days and 23 deaths in the previous four. Heather Morrison says there are eight active reported cases on the Island.

The province has already administered more than 2.6 million doses of the vaccine to date.

Premier Doug Ford hinted that stricter restrictions are coming for the Ontario regions experiencing the most COVID-19 transmission. The Phase Two rollout will target postal codes in "hot spots" where COVID-19 cases have been rising out of proportion in some neighbourhoods, and where higher-than-average rates of hospitalization and deaths have been taking place.

The province said 510 patients out of 1,161 hospitalized are now in the ICU with a COVID-19-related critical illness. Since April 1 there have been 23 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,486 deaths in British Columbia.

New Brunswick is reporting three new cases of COVID-19, with one each in the Saint John, Fredericton, and Edmundston regions.

Those with high-risk medical conditions and caregivers will be able to book vaccine appointments, including at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

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It could take between 10 to 12 days for the situation to stabilize, Manatee County Administrator Scott Hopes said Saturday . Manatee County, the state and HRK Holdings, who now owns the property, have worked for years in finding a solution.

Dr. Theresa Tam says she is concerned about people travelling as tourists and gathering for leisure activities.

Tam says some laboratory tests show the P1 variant, in particular, might elude a person's immunity response. "That means taking action to slow the spread of this virus and getting more needles into the arms of Ontarians".

Meanwhile, Trudeau says the federal government is delivering the final instalment from billions of dollars announced last summer to help provinces and territories through the COVID-19 pandemic. This list includes high-risk and critical retail workers, restaurant workers, remaining manufacturing labourers, social workers, courts and justice system workers, lowest-risk retail workers, transportation, warehousing and distribution, energy, telecom, water and wastewater management, financial services, waste management, mining, oil and gas workers.

A revised vaccination timeline was released Tuesday showing that first group of people who "cannot work from home" should be able to get their first shots in mid-May.

Further restrictions could also be on the way as case numbers in many parts of Ontario continue to climb.

"These people need our support, they need paid leave, they need solitude, they need better testing, they need some reassurance that their families will not have to make a decision between survival and putting them on the dining table, or ending up in an ICU on a ventilator, "Said Sharkov".

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