Stricter measures needed to reduce COVID-19 variant spread, epidemiologist says

Daily COVID-19 cases in Ontario soar to over 2,000, another 17 deaths

Ontario reports 2380 new COVID-19 cases and 17 additional deaths

Deputy chief public health officer, Dr. Howard Njoo, said during a news conference Thursday that the country has surpassed the 10 per cent mark of residents over 18 who have received at least one shot.

The scientific director of the taskforce advising Ontario on the pandemic says the province needs to impose stricter measures to curb the spread of more contagious COVID-19 variants.

54 cases of P.1, which is the variant strain that originated in Brazil.

Public Health Ontario's Chief Microbiologist Dr. Vanessa Allen said the labs have devised a new method that will mean they can verify which variant of concern each case belongs to without relying on costly and labourious whole genomic sequencing.

Over 36,900 tests are still under investigation.

Ontario is also reporting 17 more deaths, raising the province's virus-related death toll to 7,280. Peel Region reported 294 new infections followed by York Region with 244. The last time Toronto reported more than 1,000 new infections was on January 17 when 1,035 cases were recorded.

To date, 557,508 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in BC, 87,168 of which are second doses.

The Taoiseach also said a comprehensive statement will be made next week on the level of Covid-19 restrictions that will apply for the period ahead.

Fortin's remarks echoed those of International Trade Minister Mary Ng, who said Wednesday there is nothing to indicate Canada's supply chains will be disrupted.

More than 2,140 people were in hospitals with COVID-19 of which 591 needed intensive care.

According to the Ministry of Health, there are now 894 people hospitalized for the virus across the province, up by one from Wednesday.

However, UHN critical care physician Dr. Kali Barrett tweeted that there are 380 people in ICUs across the province, with 227 on ventilators, according to the latest data from Critical Care Services Ontario.

The Covid-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of Covid-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland's Covid-19 Vaccination Programme.

As of 6 p.m. on March 24, the province reported 1,755,596 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered. As such, the reports can change and can differ from past case counts publicly reported.

In total, 304,386 people have been fully vaccinated.

There are 5,409 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 9,488 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

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