Ontario records 3,469 new COVID-19 cases, 22 deaths

Eloise Marshall
April 21, 2021

Another 158 people with COVID-19-related illnesses were also admitted to hospital Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Health, bringing the total to 2,360.

Health Canada says about one per cent of air travellers are testing positive while in a quarantine hotel.

Ontario and Quebec imposed new interprovincial travel restrictions on Monday in an effort to keep the transmission of more contagious variants at bay.

The seven-day average for number of cases reported is 4,318.

The NDP leader noted that in Toronto, the wealthiest neighbourhoods have higher rates of vaccination than neighbourhoods where racialized and working-class people live - areas that have higher levels of COVID-19 positivity.

Ontario reported 4,447 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, marking the sixth day in a row that case counts have been above 4,000.

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Going forward, travellers from Manitoba and Quebec can not enter Ontario unless they live or work in the province, are transporting goods, or are travelling for health or compassionate reasons or to exercise an Aboriginal treaty right. It remains to be seen whether the domestic border controls will be loosened by the time the prime minister is looking to get on a plane, or whether the federal government rapidly moves on a policy update to allow people who are vaccinated to travel with more ease.

"I'm proud. ... They are the bravest of the courageous and when it's needed most, when the chips are down, [they're] running towards the fire", he said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is "hopeful" that he will be able to travel internationally come June, so he can attend the G7 Leaders' Summit in the United Kingdom.

Ontario and the federal government have requested help from the Atlantic region in recent days as the pandemic rages on.

Newfoundland and Labrador, on the other hand, said it would likely announce in the next 24 hours the details of a contingent that will include Dr. Allison Furey, wife of Premier Andrew Furey.

As of 6 p.m. on April 18, the province reported 3,904,778 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.

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