COVID-19: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on March 30

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COVID-19: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on March 30


Here are the latest developments on the COVID-19 pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Tuesday.


2 more Toronto schools closed due to COVID-19 cases

The Toronto District School Board said on the recommendation of Toronto Public Health it had closed two more schools due to COVID-19 cases.

Gateway Public Schools and Thorncliffe Park Pubic School are made redundant as of Wednesday.

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“All students will be moving to distance learning during this time,” the board said in a tweet.


Toronto lags behind the province in immunizing people aged 80 and over

The Toronto Public Health Department said as of Monday morning, 55.6% of the city’s residents in that age group had received at least one vaccine, of which 9% were fully vaccinated.

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By comparison, the provincial government said Monday that 77% of Ontarians aged 80 and over received their first dose.

However, the proportion of residents aged 75 to 79 who received at least one injection was the same for both, at 40%.

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York and Halton regions say people 65 and over can start booking vaccine appointments on Wednesday

York and Halton regions say people 65 and older can start booking their COVID-19 vaccine appointments on Wednesday.

For those in Halton, residents can book here for April appointments.

“We continue to make good progress in immunizing our most vulnerable populations through our community clinics and mobile teams,” Halton Regional President Gary Carr said in a statement. “Our ability to continue immunizing at this rate depends on the continued supply of vaccine from the federal and provincial governments.

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For those in York, residents can book here for their appointments starting at 8:30 am The area said about 15,000 new vaccine appointments will be available.


April vacation to go according to plan, says Ontario education minister

Ontario’s education minister says spring break for schools across the province will not be postponed again.

Stephen Lecce says the break scheduled for the week of April 12 will go as planned as the government continues to follow the advice of the province’s top doctor.

He also says the government plans to step up safety protocols when students and staff resume classroom learning on April 19.

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Ford Says Ontario Considering Additional Restrictions As Cases Rise

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has said his government is considering additional restrictions to combat an increase in COVID-19 and urges people not to congregate over Easter weekend.

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Ford said he was “extremely concerned” about the increase in infections and stressed that residents must obey public health rules.

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Premier Ford tells people to have no plans for Easter, “won’t hesitate to lock things down”


Premier Ford tells people to have no plans for Easter, “won’t hesitate to lock things down”


New Variants Having “Substantial Impact” on Ontario’s Health System, Report Says

New Variants of Concern (VOCs) are responsible for a 21% increase in hospital admissions since Ontario shut down province-wide in December, says new report warning VOCs have a “substantial impact” on the health care system.

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Ontario’s COVID-19 Scientific Table report released on Monday says worrying new variants now account for 67% of all cases in the province, as the numbers climb back into the 2000s by day.

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State of Business in the Greater Toronto Area

Ontario reported a total of 2,336 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

From these:

  • 727 were in Toronto
  • 434 were in Peel region
  • 229 were in York Region
  • 194 were in Durham region
  • 91 were in the Halton region


Ontario Reports More Than 2,300 New COVID-19 Cases, 14 Deaths

Ontario is reporting 2,336 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, cases for the sixth day in a row are above 2,000, bringing the provincial total to 347,570.

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The death toll in the province rose to 7,351, with 14 more deaths recorded.

The resolved cases increased by 1,477 from the previous day. The government said 36,071 tests had been processed in the past 24 hours.

At 8 p.m. on Monday, the provincial government reported administering 2,102,380 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine, an increase of 70,645 in the last day. There are 313,889 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

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Cases, Deaths and Outbreaks in Ontario Long-Term Care Homes

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, 3,753 deaths have been reported among residents and patients of long-term care homes across Ontario, which has remained unchanged since March 19.

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There are currently 50 outbreaks in homes, which is a decrease of four from the previous day.

The ministry also said there are currently nine active cases among long-term care residents and 113 active cases among staff – unchanged and up to six, respectively, in the past day.


Cases among students and staff in Ontario schools and daycares

Government figures show there have been a total of 12,237 school-related COVID-19 cases in Ontario to date. This is an increase of 518 more cases in three days – 440 student cases, 77 staff cases and one individual has not been identified.

COVID-19 cases currently affect 1,168 of the province’s 4,828 schools, or 24% of schools. Fifty-eight schools in Ontario are currently closed due to positive cases, the government said.

There have been a total of 3,588 confirmed cases in daycares and homes, an increase of 96 (59 new child cases and 37 staff cases). Of 5,279 daycares in Ontario, 308 currently have cases and 68 centers are closed.

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– With files from the Canadian Press

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