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Ontario's daily COVID-19 cases back above 4,000, another 32 deaths reported

Last Updated Apr 21, 2021 at 10:34 am EDT

Paramedics bring a patient into Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital on March 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Summary

Another 32 people have died as a result of the virus, raising the death toll to 7,789


Health officials reported 4,212 new infections of COVID-19, a rise from 3,469 on Tuesday


An additional 2,123 cases of variant of concern were reported with the total growing to 41,715


Ontario reported more than 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday after dropping below that mark the day before.

The province said another 32 people have died as a result of the virus, raising the death toll to 7,789.

Health officials reported 4,212 new infections of COVID-19, a rise from 3,469 on Tuesday.

Around 62 per cent of the new cases are in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), with Toronto recording 1,249, Peel Region at 771, York Region with 386, and 214 in Durham Region.

The number of patients admitted to intensive care grew to 790. According to provincial data, 2,335 people were currently being treated in hospital.

More than 51,000 tests were completed over the past 24 hours with a positivity rate of 7.9 per cent, a drop from 10 per cent the day before.

As the variants continue to spread across the province, an additional 2,123 cases of a variant of concern were reported with the total growing to 41,715 — a majority of the new and overall cases are of the variant that was first detected in the United Kingdom.

An additional 136,695 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were given out on Tuesday, and more than 349,000 Ontarians have been fully vaccinated.

Ontario and Shoppers Drug Mart say the company’s pharmacies will offer 24-7 COVID-19 vaccinations for people over the age of 40 at more than 20 locations.

Twenty Shoppers Drug Mart locations — including 16 in the hot-spot communities of Toronto, Peel Region and York Region — will begin offering the AstraZeneca vaccine as soon as Wednesday.

The province says that when it begins to receive more vaccine supply from the federal government, it will expand 24-7 COVID-19 vaccinations to additional hot spot areas.