Here are the latest developments on the COVID-19 pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Monday:
Ontario expands COVID vaccine eligibility to 40 , more people who cannot work from home
The Ontario government says starting on certain days this week, COVID-19 vaccine eligibility will be expanded to more people with at-risk health conditions, people who cannot work from home (Group 2) and people aged 40 and older in non-hot spot communities. Story continues below advertisement
Starting Tuesday, May 11 at 8 a.m., people with at-risk health conditions such as dementia, diabetes and sickle cell disease will be able to book an appointment.Also on Tuesday morning, people in Group 2 who cannot work from home, which includes grocery store, restaurant and transportation workers will also be eligible to get a shot. A full list of that group is below.Starting Thursday, May 13 at 8 a.m., people turning 40 (in 2021) and older in non-hot spot areas will also be able to get a vaccine at a mass immunization clinic.
Ontario high-risk health-care workers eligible for 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose at shortened interval
Certain high-risk health-care workers in Ontario will be eligible for their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine earlier than the expected fourth-month interval, the Ford government announced Monday. Story continues below advertisement
Booking will begin for those eligible by the end of this week.The province said the move is due to an increase in supply. Those included in the eligibility group includes high-risk health-care workers, dialysis patients and all First Nations, Inuit and Metis individuals.
Ontario’s fiscal watchdog says surgical backlog will take more than 3.5 years to clear
Ontario’s fiscal watchdog says it will take the province approximately three and a half years to clear the surgical backlog from the COVID-19 pandemic. Trending Stories
The Financial Accountability Office projects that the backlog of cancelled surgeries will reach 419,200 procedures by the end of September.The FAO estimates it will cost the province $1.3 billion to clear the backlog, and notes the government has allocated $610 million in its latest budget to address the issue. Story continues below advertisement
Status of cases in the GTAOntario reported 2,716 new COVID-19 cases on Monday.Of those:807 were in Toronto707 were in Peel Region294 were in York Region168 were in Durham Region95 were in Halton Region
Ontario reports more than 2,700 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths
Ontario is reporting 2,716 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. The provincial total now stands at 495,019.The death toll in the province has risen to 8,327 as 19 more deaths were recorded.Resolved cases increased by 3,110 from the previous day. The government said 27,175 tests were processed in the last 24 hours, the fewest number of tests completed since the end of February. Story continues below advertisement
A total of 6,238,778 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far. That marks an increase of 94,093 vaccines in the last day. There are 393,884 people fully vaccinated with two doses.
Variants of concern in Ontario
Officials have listed breakdown data for the new VOCs (variants of concern) detected so far in the province which consist of the B.1.1.7 (first detected in the United Kingdom), B.1.351 (first detected in South Africa), P.1 (first detected in Brazil), as well as mutations that have no determined lineage.The B.1.1.7 VOC is currently the dominating known strain at 93,263 variant cases, which is up by 1,639 since the previous day, 511 B.1.351 variant cases which is up by 111, and 1,558 P.1 variant cases which is up by 329. Story continues below advertisement
Cases, deaths and outbreaks in Ontario long-term care homes
According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 3,762 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario which is unchanged. Eleven virus-related deaths in total have been reported among staff.There are 45 current outbreaks in homes, which is down by one from the previous day.The ministry also indicated there are currently 67 active cases among long-term care residents and 155 active cases among staff — down by three and down by six, respectively, in the last day.NOTE: This page will be updated throughout the day.—With files from The Canadian Press
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