Ontario reports record-high 2,553 new COVID-19 cases amid criticism of holiday vaccination delays

Ontario reported a single-day high of 2,553 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as public health officials faced criticism for scaling down the province’s vaccination program over the holidays.

This morning’s update from the province also included another 1,939 cases from Sunday, as no new numbers were published on the stat holiday yesterday, for a two-day total of 4,492 additional infections.

Of the record 2,553 cases, 895 were in Toronto, 496 in Peel Region, 147 in Windsor-Essex, 144 in Hamilton and 142 in York Region.

They bring the province’s seven-day average to 2,236.

A total of 864 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including a record-high of 304 people in intensive care. Hospital staff have warned that intensive care units are reaching maximum capacity and threaten to overwhelm the health-care system if nothing changes in the coming weeks.

The province said Tuesday it had conducted 34,112 tests in the last 24 hours, while Ontario’s overall positivity rate has climbed to 9.7 per cent.

The province also recorded 78 new deaths related to the virus since it’s last update.

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