Public Health Ontario confirms 2,557 new cases and 23 more deaths on Thursday.
He hadn’t had so many deaths in a day since February.
The province has also exceeded the threshold of 350,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The death toll climbs to 7,389.
Toronto sees 743 new infections Thursday; Peel Region, 484; York, 311; Ottawa, 131; Hamilton, 119 and Durham, 107.
Despite 1,814 new healings on Thursday, the number of active cases increased to 20,875 (+720).
Premier Doug Ford confirmed Thursday morning that Ontario will return to lockdown, promising more details in the afternoon.
It was not an easy decision, he said, but it is the right decision. I am 1000% convinced of it.
On the other hand, the schools will remain open despite this reconfinement.
Just over 84,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Ontario in the past 24 hours.
On Thursday, the province unveiled a list of nearly 380 other pharmacies in the province that will offer AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged 60 to 70.
Older Ontarians can get a dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at one of the mass immunization clinics in their area. In Toronto, authorities are calling on the government to lower the eligibility age to 60 given that there are currently thousands of appointments available.
Almost 62,300 screening tests have been performed in the past 24 hours.
Laboratories affiliated with the province can analyze up to 70,000 samples per day.
More details to come
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