Ontario reports 1,553 new cases of COVID-19, 15 more deaths, over 58,000 vaccinations

OTTAWA – Ontario is reporting 1,553 new cases of COVID-19 today and 15 more deaths linked to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 404 new cases in Toronto, 294 in Peel Region and 176 in York Region.

The province says that 1,236 more cases were resolved.

Nearly 58,600 tests were completed since Wednesday’s report.

Ontario reports that 58,119 more vaccine doses were administered in the province since the last daily update.

More than 1.3 million vaccine doses have been given out in Ontario so far.

Meanwhile, the government announced earlier Thursday that it will tighten pandemic restrictions for Ottawa on Friday.

The city will move to the second-strictest “red” level of the province’s colour-coded pandemic framework, which means retail stores will have capacity limits, indoor restaurant dining will see restrictions tightened and cinemas will close, among other things.

Ontario officials said the decision was made after Ottawa’s medical officer of health requested the change due to “concerning trends” in the region.

“Through discussions with the local medical officer of health and local authorities on the current situation in Ottawa, it was decided further action was needed to help ensure the continued health and safety of people in the region,” said Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health.

The government reported 82 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Thursday.

The local public health unit said the case rate in the region rose by 24.8 per cent between March 10 and March 15. Ottawa is now reporting 46.8 cases per 100,000 people.