B.C. records almost 1,900 new COVID-19 cases in two days

By Canadian Press	
	 		The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Tuesday

The last time the province reported a positivity rate that high was three months ago on January 5.

The new cases today include 955 in Toronto, 561 in Peel Region, 320 in York Region, 165 in Ottawa, 132 in Niagara Region, 128 in Hamilton, 119 in Halton Region and 101 in Durham Region.

Toronto, Peel and North Bay Parry Sound just got out from under the order on March 8, and now less than a month later, health officials from some regions are calling for it to be re-introduced.

Dr. Eileen de Villa, Dr. Lawrence Loh, and Dr.

Prince Edward Island is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 today.

The province said 510 patients out of 1,161 hospitalized are now in the ICU with a COVID-19-related critical illness. The ICU occupancy continues to climb and is the highest at any point throughout the pandemic.

According to provincial data, there are now 2,342 cases of a variant of concern (VOC) in Ontario, with the B.1.1.7 variant comprising 2,165 of the total VOC cases.

Provincial health officials also reported 33 more lab-confirmed cases of highly-contagious variants of concern, including 30 of the dominant B.1.1.7 variant and three of the P.1 variant.

The province has administered 2,621,839 total doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Of the vaccines that are now being administered across the province, two doses are needed up to four months apart for full immunization.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has recommended the closure of 22 schools in the city due to COVID-19, effective Tuesday. Students in Peel will learn remotely from April 6 until at least April 18. As well, schools in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon have shut down for two weeks.

But retailers - both essential and non-essential - can remain open with capacity limits in place. Further decisions to extend the order will be made, as required, and Peel Public Health says the return will be re-evaluated closer to that date and is subject to change.

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