Ontario reports record COVID-19 cases, hospital CEO warns of vaccine shortage

Ontario reports record COVID-19 cases, hospital CEO warns of vaccine shortage

Canada’s most populous province has shattered another record for new daily COVID-19 infections as Ontario Premier Doug Ford warned tougher restrictions may be coming. 

Ontario is reporting 4,249 new cases today, a record-breaking figure even as it factors in 450 earlier infections which were delayed in the tally.

The province also had 26 additional deaths from the virus.

Ford said more “extreme” measures are possible if residents ignore public-heath rules aimed at curbing the spread of the virus, but he did not offer further details. 

The grim update comes as the CEO of a Toronto hospital that is running vaccination clinics warned it is about to run out of shots. 

Kevin Smith with the University Health Network says on Twitter that there are thousands of immunization appointments scheduled for the weekend. 

Ford has warned in recent days that the province is going to run out of vaccine doses if it does not receive another shipment soon.

Meanwhile, Quebec announced 2,588 new COVID-19 infections and 45 more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, including 14 that occurred in the past 24 hours.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 8, 2021. 

The Canadian Press