Ontario Premier Doug Ford says his government will make an announcement tomorrow on possible new restrictions aimed at fighting the third wave of COVID-19.
Toronto Public Health reported 883 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, including 330 people in hospital, 53 in the ICU and seven more deaths.
The province also hit a new high Wednesday for the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units.
"Folks, be prepared, don't make plans for Easter, I won't hesitate to lock things down, I did it before and I'll do it again", said Ford. "Follow the protocols of the chief medical officer and we'll be able to get through this and we'll be able to get more vaccines into people's arms".
De Villa said that more than 800 lab-confirmed COVID-19 tests in Toronto have screened positive for a variant of concern since Monday.
The study also found that 46 per cent of intensive care admissions between March 15 and March 21 were people aged 59 and younger, compared with 30 per cent of admissions between December 14 and December 20.
The president of the Ontario Hospital Association said 46 patients were admitted to intensive care on Monday - the highest one-day number of admissions in the second and third wave.
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Health Minister Christine Elliott said they are keeping a "very close eye on the situation". "Right now in Ontario, the pandemic is completely out of control", Dr. Peter Juni, the table's scientific director and a professor of medicine and epidemiology with the University of Toronto, said in an interview with CBC Canada prior to the briefing note's publication.
He said local medical officers of health have the ability to advise and implement an "emergency brake" to move their region into a stricter part of province's framework and target transmission risks in the community.
The federal delivery system provided 466,830 doses each of Pfizer on March 22 and 29, the province said.
Toronto's Mayor has asked the Ford government to allow the city to begin offering vaccine appointments to those as young as 60 years old in an effort to speed up its inoculation process.
An additional 70,645 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were given since the previous daily update for a total of 2,102,380 doses administered overall.
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