Ontario surpasses 300,000 COVID-19 infections, allows vaccines for homeless


TORONTO — Ontario reached the sobering milestone of 300,000 COVID-19 infections today after reporting 1,062 new infections and 20 more deaths linked to the virus.

Today’s figures bring the province’s total case count to 300,816 since the onset of the pandemic.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says Toronto saw 259 new cases in the past 24 hours, nearby Peel Region recorded 201 and York Region logged 86.

Hospitalizations in the province declined by 53 to 627, with 289 patients in intensive care and 185 on a ventilator.

Meanwhile, the city of Toronto says it will start vaccinating homeless residents against the virus after the province added them to those who can receive a jab in phase 1 of its broader immunization plan.

The city says it received the green light to begin inoculating shelter-system residents over the weekend and says it will start administering shots this week.