Ontario leader blames Pfizer for COVID-9 vaccine delays

Provided by The Canadian Press

It should be noted that a technical issue reported by Toronto Public Health earlier this week is now resolved, with 102 cases added to today's total, according to the Ministry of Health.

Ontario is reporting more than 2,600 new cases of the novel coronavirus with an nearly 16,000 jump in processed tests compared to the previous day. These communities were selected for high COVID-19 case numbers, low testing rates and barriers to testing and isolation.

The Ontario Medical Association has released a white paper outlining fears that rising COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions could limit drug supplies in coming weeks, reports CBC. A majority of the deaths (3,232) have been in long-term care homes.

Renfrew County has its second COVID-19 death.

We now have 1,626 COVID-19 patients in the hospital with 400 people in the ICU and 292 in the ICU on a ventilator.

Patients in intensive care units also dropped in number to 388 Thursday from 400 Thursday.

Officials have said that when more than 300 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care, medical care in hospitals not related to the disease becomes almost impossible to handle.

The Ontario Medical Association said misinformation is now being spread amongst all age groups within the province, most notably among people 34 and under.

In Canada, a total of 725,495 cases have been recorded across the country of which 638,620 are listed as recovered.

Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted on Wednesday morning, that the new cases include: 925 in Toronto, 473 in Peel, 226 in York region, 179 in Windsor-Essex County and 129 in Niagara.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford issued a stay-at-home order for the province beginning on January 14 and immediately declared a second state of emergency on January 12.

The order will remain in effect for at least 28 days.

The province completed 34,531 tests yesterday.

Air travellers five years or older are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result to their airline before boarding worldwide flights bound for Canada.

Quebec and Ontario, which account for the bulk of the country's COVID-19 cases, have both seen new infections trend downwards compared to last week's totals.

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