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COVID-19: Ontario reports 1,707 new cases; disease spread at 'critical point,' says Elliott

In the public health unit regions surrounding Ottawa, the total number of people who’ve had a case of COVID-19 confirmed rose by seven in Eastern Ontario, by six in Hastings Prince Edward, by two in Leeds, Grenville & Lanark and by one in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington.

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A new poll suggests most Canadians aren’t currently worried that people in other countries might get a COVID-19 vaccine first.

Thirty-seven per cent of respondents to a survey conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies say they are very concerned that Canada may not receive doses of a new COVID vaccine as early as the United States. Meanwhile, 48 per cent say they are not concerned about getting a vaccine first and 10 per cent say they don’t care at all or are not planning to get vaccinated anyway.

Furthermore, with the likelihood of multiple vaccines arriving over a period of time, just 28 per cent of respondents said they will take the first vaccine they can get, while 45 per cent said they will wait for other vaccines to become available. Forty-one per cent of respondents say they want the vaccine to be mandatory for all Canadians and 55 per cent say it should be voluntary.

The poll suggests that 65 per cent of Canadians intend to take a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s approved by Health Canada and available for free while 17 per cent say they don’t intend to.

-With files from Postmedia and The Canadian Press

Ontario reported 1,707 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and seven additional deaths.

The new case total includes a record 727 new cases of COVID-19 in Toronto, 373 in Peel, 168 in York Region, and 34 in Ottawa.

“The spread of COVID-19 has reached a critical point,” Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted Tuesday morning, after announcing the daily case total. “We need everyone to do their part and follow public health advice.”

For the last five days, the number of new COVID-19 cases reported by the province daily has hovered between low 1,700s and mid-1,800s.

There are now 645 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario (up from 618 Monday), including 185 people in ICU, with 112 on ventilators.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams said Monday that the province is starting to see the cancellation or deferral of some surgeries and hospital procedures, especially in Peel and some parts of Toronto, because of the need for ICU beds among COVID-19 patients.

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