‘Neck-deep in third wave’ as Ontario sets COVID case count record


With Ontario setting a record for the number of COVID-19 cases in a single day on Sunday — 4,456 — a Toronto infectious disease expert and Mayor John Tory cautioned everyone to expect rough days ahead. Sunday’s tally topped the previous single-day record of 4,227 COVID cases, set just two days earlier. Dr. Isaac Bogoch, a Toronto-based infectious disease expert, said no one should be surprised by the growing case counts as more contagious variants of concern take their toll. Toronto hospitals are dealing with more COVID patients who are crowding their ICUs. “Obviously, we’re neck-deep in a third wave,” said Bogoch. “And it’ll probably get worse. We’ll probably see this crest two weeks after the Easter long weekend,” he added. “And maybe things will start to improve two weeks after we’ve had a stay-at-home-order (imposed April 8). But I mean, at the end of the day, we are vaccinating pretty quickly. There’s room to pick it up. But this third wave will end. It will.”

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