Ontario sees surge in vaccine bookings with expanded eligibility

By Canadian Press	
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By Canadian Press Canada needs more help with COVID-19 prominent U.S. vaccine expert urges White House

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 466,733 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 421,216 recoveries and 8,079 deaths, of which 3,918 were individuals living in long-term care facilities.

In addition, more people will be able to register on May 6, including those with high-risk health conditions, people who can not work from home (including remaining elementary and secondary school workers), and those turning 50 and older this year.

Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo says more than 80 per cent of Canadians over the age of 70 have been vaccinated against COVID-19. There were 2,791 cases added to the provincial total on Tuesday. There have been 202 deaths and 1,631 cases with a variant of concern.

The province deemed 3,323 more cases of the disease to be resolved as of Tuesday, bringing Ontario's number of recovered patients up to 432,109. However, the positivity rate remains high at 9.1 per cent.

Ontario's rolling seven-day average now stands at 3,509, down from 3,887 at this point last week.

The province confirms another 2,303 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, 51 additional cases of the P.1 variant first detected in Brazil and eight additional cases of the B.1351 variant first detected in South Africa.

Several other regions reported new infection totals in the triple digits, including Durham Region (147), Hamilton (128), Ottawa (112), and Halton Region (101). Over the weekend at total of 192 cases were reported.

Ontario put 88,871 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine into arms, bringing the total number of doses administered to nearly 5.5 million.

Monday marked a record day in Ontario for COVID-19 vaccine bookings as the eligibility was expanded to anyone 18 and older designated hot spot postal codes.

As of 8 p.m. on April 30, the province reported 5,247,684 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.