COVID-19: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on April 12

Here are the latest developments on the COVID-19 pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Monday.

Three more City-run vaccination clinics will open in Toronto on Monday,  joining the other six currently operating.

Cloverdale Mall, North Toronto Memorial Community Centre and Carmine Stefano Community Centre will have appointments available for people born in 1961 or earlier, as well as residents aged 50 or older who live in hot spot neighbourhoods.

As of Sunday, Toronto officials said 244,155 people have booked vaccine appointments.

The other six locations are at the following: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto Congress Centre, Scarborough Town Centre, Malvern Community Recreation Centre, Mitchell Field Arena, and The Hangar.

Porter Airlines is once more pushing back its tentative date for resuming flights.

The airline, which has delayed its restart date several times during the pandemic, now plans to resume flying on June 21.

Porter chief executive Michael Deluce says the airline is looking ahead to summer and preparing for the possibility of some travel restrictions unwinding.

Timothy Sauve was brushing his teeth one morning in December when he was hit by a dizzy spell that knocked him off his feet.

The 61-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., didn’t expect that to be the first sign of a COVID-19 infection. But within days he had developed a fever, experienced breathlessness in his sleep, and was rushed to hospital with a deteriorating condition that eventually required a double-lung transplant — believed to be the first done in Canada on a patient whose lungs were irreparably damaged by the virus.

Sauve, a healthy, physically fit man before he contracted the virus, saw the infection wreak havoc on his lungs over his two-month stay in the intensive care units of two different Toronto area hospitals.

While his lungs were scarred beyond repair, the virus didn’t damage any of Sauve’s other organs, making him a candidate for the rare procedure that saved his life.

Ontario reported a record 4,401 new coronavirus cases on Monday.

Of those:

1,282 were in Toronto

772 were in Peel Region

564 were in York Region

224 were in Durham Region

177 were in Halton Region

Monday’s case count is the second highest single-day increase to date, only slightly lower than Sunday’s which saw a record breaking 4,456 new cases.  The provincial total stands at 391,009.

The death toll in the province has risen to 7,567 as 15 more deaths were recorded.

Resolved cases increased by 2,445 from the previous day. The government said 47,929 tests were processed in the last 24 hours.

Ontario reported 1,646 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 133 from the previous day) with an all-time high of 619 patients in intensive care units (up by 14) and 408 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by 26).

As of 8 p.m. on Sunday, 3,214,465 total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. That marks an increase of 74,722 vaccines in the last day. There are 333,419 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Read more: Ontario reports 4,401 COVID-19 cases, another record of ICU patients

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 16,540 variant cases, which is up by 2,153 since the previous day, 81 B.1.351 variant cases which is up by three, and 140 P.1 variant cases which is up by six.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 3,755 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario which did not increase from yesterday. Eleven virus-related deaths in total have been reported among staff.

There are 41 current outbreaks in homes, which is unchanged from the previous day.

The ministry also indicated there are currently 24 active cases among long-term care residents and 120 active cases among staff — up by one and up by three, respectively, in the last day.

globalnews.ca

With files from The Canadian Press

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