126 new COVID-19 cases in Middlesex-London as younger people lead transmission

Recent developments:

What’s the latest for the London area?

The Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) is reporting 126 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and no deaths.

While the majority of cases were in London, there were also two in Middlesex-Centre and one in Strathroy-Caradoc.

The health unit posted 61 recoveries, with the number of known active cases in the region up to 948.

The latest tally includes 88 infections involving people in their 20s and younger.

There were an additional 51 screened variants reported Wednesday. There have been nine confirmed variants and 466 screened variants, including 177 found in people 19 and under and 152 found in people in their 20s.

London Health Sciences Centre is reporting 27 patients with COVID-19, including 12 in critical care. There are also nine staff who have tested positive for the virus.

The latest vaccination numbers from the MLHU show that 14,651 doses were given out last week, up nearly 8 per cent from the previous week. There have been 93,031 doses administered as of April 4.

Vaccine eligibility has expanded to people 65 and older. Appointments can be booked online at www.covidvaccinelm.ca or by calling 226-289-3560.

COVID-19 across the region and beyond

Southwestern Public Health is reporting nine new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and no deaths. There were 17 recoveries, with the number of ongoing cases at 112 for Elgin-Oxford.

Huron Perth Public Health posted one additional case in North Perth. There are 21 active cases across the region.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported 3,215 cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, the highest single-day count since Jan. 17. There were also an additional 17 deaths in the province.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s cabinet has approved a provincewide stay-at-home order, multiple sources told CBC News Tuesday night. The order will see the closure of non-essential retail stores for all but curbside pickup, along with big box stores only being allowed to see groceries.

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