Faced with surging cases and a strained health-care system, Ontario, Canada's most populous province, reported 4,447 new COVID-19 cases Monday morning, up from 4,250 reported on Sunday.
Blashko, lead for the Queer Justice Project, says that it's people who can't work from home who are most likely to be under suspicion of violating Ontario's stay-at-home order.
Almost 40,600 tests were completed in the past 24 hours, putting the province's positivity rate at 10 per cent compared to 10.5 per cent a day ago.
Canada has been seeing its highest COVID-19 numbers since January this past week, in what experts suggest is due to a combination of the spreading of variants, provinces reopening too early, and hospitals that are still recovering from the second wave.
This brings the active number of COVID-19 infections across the province to 42,917. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic forced the meeting to be held virtually.
Canada's national-level data show a seven-day average of 8,680 new cases daily on April 13 to 19, a 7 percent increase compared to the previous seven days, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada on Tuesday.
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As of Monday noon, Canada reported a cumulative total of 1,127,037 cases, including 23,656 deaths, according to CTV.
With 2,697 more instances confirmed in the last 24 hours.
Dr. Kashif Pirzada, emergency physician in Toronto, said that the spreading of the new variants, particularly the P.1 strain, will cause more severe illnesses in younger people.
Up to date, the province has reported 39,276 cases of the COVID-19 variant known as B.1.1.7 since February.
Almost 347,600 Ontarians have been fully vaccinated against the disease since mid-December.
As of Wednesday evening, more than 3,300 Canadians are in hospital now due to COVID-19, and over 1,000 patients are admitted to the ICU. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.