COVID-19: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on April 10

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

Toronto Mayor John Tory receives COVID-19 vaccine

Toronto Mayor John Tory received a COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday morning.

Tory received a photo of AstraZeneca at a Shoppers Drug Mart in town.

The mayor then took to Twitter to encourage all eligible residents to get vaccinated.

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Eligible Toronto education workers can start scheduling vaccine appointments on Monday

Toronto Public Health says eligible education workers will be able to book an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday by calling the provincial reservation line.

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Officials said eligible workers will receive a letter from their school board.

Those wishing to make an appointment should call 1-888-999-6488.

How the Toronto Police Service plans to enforce the home support order

The Toronto Police Department released a statement on Saturday morning detailing how officers will enforce the home support order currently in effect across the province.

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The statement says officers cannot enter housing or stop a vehicle just to check if someone is in compliance.

“In addition, individuals are not obliged to explain why they are away from their residence, nor does it constitute external evidence of a failure to comply with the emergency order,” the statement said.

“Workers are also not required to have proof from their employer that they are going to or from their place of work.”

Police said enforcement efforts will be focused on restaurants and businesses that fail to comply with public health requirements and respond to calls for gatherings.

The statement said that it is only when an officer has “reasonable and probable grounds” to believe that someone has violated an emergency order that they are asked to identify themselves so that a ticket or a summons can be issued. If someone does not identify themselves, then they can be arrested and charged with obstructing an officer, police said.

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Vaccine pilot project for migrant farm workers at airport begins Saturday in Toronto

Ontario will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to migrant farm workers arriving at Toronto International Airport as part of a pilot project today.

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The government says the pilot will offer photos to 200 workers arriving on a flight from Mexico.

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State of Business in the Greater Toronto Area

Ontario reported a total of 3,813 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday.

From these:

  • 973 were in Toronto
  • 669 were in Peel region
  • 442 were in York Region
  • 281 were in Durham Region
  • 112 were in the Halton region

Ontario government issues emergency orders to boost hospital capacity as COVID-19 cases rise

Ontario government issues emergency orders to boost hospital capacity as COVID-19 cases rise

Ontario reports more than 3,800 new cases, 19 deaths

Ontario reported 3,813 coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 382,152.

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Nineteen new deaths were also reported, bringing the provincial death toll to 7,531.

A total of 343,622 cases of COVID-19 are considered resolved, which represents an increase of 2,422 and represents 89.9% of all confirmed cases.

Provincial figures show 1,524 people are hospitalized with the virus (up 32), including 585 in intensive care (up 33), including 384 on a ventilator (up 25).

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Over 100,000 reported vaccines administered in Ontario on the fourth day in a row

As of Friday evening, 3,044,949 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Ontario, an increase of 104,783.

This is the fourth day in a row that Ontario has reported administering more than 100,000 vaccines in a single day.

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To date, 330,982 people in the province are considered fully immunized.

– With files from the Canadian Press

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