Ontario recorded 4,456 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, as health experts warned of a rapid increase in the number of people admitted to intensive care.
Canada’s most populous province has set a new record for the number of coronavirus infections per day, local media reported, as the province struggles to stop the third pandemic from rising and cope. with increasing hospitalizations.
Ontario reported 4,456 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, as well as an additional 21 coronavirus-related deaths.
The new figures come just days after Ontario Premier Doug Ford declare a state of emergency and impose an order to stay at home due in part to the rapid increase in infections, driven in part by more infectious variants of the virus.
The rise in special care hospital admissions across Ontario has attracted the special attention of health professionals and public health professionals. As of Sunday morning, 605 COVID-19 patients were on ICUs – 20 more than the day before.
Dr. Michael Warner, medical director of critical care at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto on Saturday warned that the situation “will get much worse”.
“On paper, Ontario has about 2,300 ICU beds. In reality, however, we have much less because we simply cannot staff them, ”Warner said in One video posted on Twitter on Saturday.
He called on the federal government to assist in coordinating the transfer of health workers, including ICU nurses, from less pandemic-affected areas to more severely affected locations, such as Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
“We need ICU nurses here in GTA to take care of the upcoming patients and the patients we already have,” he said.
There are 13 #COVID ICU patients across Atlantic Canada… a success story and proof of a bold and effective public health strategy.
There are 19 hospitals in Ontario with> = 13 #COVID patients in their ICU.
We need help. https://t.co/cpU57hXU86
– Michael Warner (@drmwarner) April 11, 2021
Government of Ontario to speak on Sunday that it will authorize 700 additional pharmacies to administer AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for people over 55 years of age, as it works to strengthen its vaccination campaign amid rising infections.
On Friday, the province level emergency orders to allow the reassignment of medical staff to hospitals in need and make it easier for hospitals to transfer patients to other facilities if they can afford them.
Last week, the Sick Children’s Hospital, commonly known as SickKids, a pediatric care facility in Toronto, also said it would open eight beds in its ICU for COVID-19 patients around 40 years old and younger.
“Referral will only occur when certain hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) exhaust their available capacity after the activation of their surgical plan and all potential referrals to other clinics. Neighborhood has been taken, ”the hospital said in one declare.
Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned that Canada was facing a “very serious third wave” of the pandemic.
In recent days, some provinces have re-applied stricter lock-outs in an effort to curb the spread of the virus and reduce the pressure on their healthcare networks.
Canada’s public health director, Dr. Theresa Tam, said on Sunday that an increase in coronavirus-related “serious and critical illnesses” is putting stress on health care systems and workers in many places.
She said an average of 2,560 people were receiving COVID-19 daily treatment at hospitals across Canada for the past seven days, up seven percent from the previous seven-day period.
The number of daily ICU patients also increased by 23 percent from the previous week.
“While COVID-19 continues to affect people of all ages in Canada, infection rates are highest among people 20-39 years old,” Tam said in one of declare.