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Ontario on Wednesday recorded its second-highest number of daily COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic and as the province braces for a lockdown.
Tests confirmed 2,408 new cases – 887 were between 20 and 39 years old – and 41 more lives were lost.
“Locally, there are 629 new cases in Toronto, 448 in Peel, 234 in Windsor-Essex County, 190 in York Region and 150 in Hamilton,” Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted. .
Ottawa, facing an impending lockdown order after slashing its COVID-19 numbers, reported 56 new cases on Wednesday, up from 19 the day before.
Halton Region has confirmed 88 more cases, Niagara Region 76 and Waterloo 80.
Hospital data revealed 1,002 patients with COVID-19, 275 in intensive care and 186 on ventilators.
Any number of ICU patients over 150 is starting to impact other hospital services, including elective surgeries, according to public health officials.
Ontario has reported more than 2,100 new cases of COVID-19 daily for nine consecutive days.
Premier Doug Ford and his government have ordered the entire province to enter the gray zone or lockdown effective Boxing Day.
Health Canada approved the Moderna vaccine on Wednesday, which Ontario officials say will initially be targeted to long-term care residents who cannot access the Pfizer vaccine due to freeze requirements and limited movement.