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Ontario experienced a third day of more than 2,000 COVID-19 cases on Thursday as pressure on Doug Ford’s government to extend school vacations and lock down more areas of the province.
“Ontario is reporting 2,432 cases of # COVID19 and nearly 58,200 tests completed,” Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted Thursday. “Locally, there are 737 new cases in Toronto, 434 in Peel, 209 in York Region, 190 in Windsor-Essex County and 142 in Hamilton. There are 2,009 other resolved cases. ”
There were 2,139 new confirmed cases on Wednesday and 2,275 on Tuesday, although that data is based on a slightly longer than usual data collection timeframe.
Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca said school vacations should be extended by one week.
“This would give the Department of Education the opportunity to assess the situation and relieve the stress and fatigue that plagued school children, educators, administrators and support staff,” he said. “Plus, Doug Ford should give notice of this extension immediately, so people can plan properly and not get confused at the last second.
The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) has said a lockdown in all areas of the province with higher infection rates is needed.
Twenty-three more deaths were blamed on the pandemic on Thursday.
Of the 4,058 deaths since mid-January, one involved someone under the age of 20, 15 were between 20 and 39, 162 between 40 and 59, 1059 between 60 and 79 and 2,821 aged 80 or older .
Just under 6% of all confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario have been hospitalized.