Toronto officials provided COVID-19 update as city sees 1,229 new cases

Provincial data shows Toronto reported 1,229 new cases and 6 new deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. 

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said the city has also seen 65 new hospitalizations, with a total of 881 people in hospital right now and 144 who are currently in ICUs. 

Despite vaccinations slowing over the weekend, Toronto has now administered 907,070 vaccines to date, making it the first local health region in Canada to deliver over 900,000 doses. 

De Villa told reporters it’s essential hot spot areas remain a priority for vaccination.

“If we limit the spread there, we limit the spread everywhere,” she said of targeting hot spot areas.

The city continues to work closely with health-care partners, pharmacies and Toronto Public Health in its vaccination efforts, it said in a news release. 

Currently, people born in 1961 or earlier and those aged 50 or older who live in hot spot neighbourhoods are able to book vaccination appointments online or by phone by city-run COVID-19 immunization clinics. Starting tomorrow, anyone over 40 will be eligible to get the AstraZeneca vaccine at local pharmacies taking part in the immunization campaign.

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