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Ontario/IBNS: A single-day surge of high of 2,553 new cases of COVID-19 was reported by Ontario today, with 895 in Toronto, 496 in Peel Region, 147 in Windsor-Essex, 144 in Hamilton, and 142 in York Region bringing the province's seven-day average to 2,236.
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Ontario public health officials were under severe criticism for scaling down the province's vaccination program over the holidays.
The Hospital staff also was overwhelmed by a record-high of 304 people in intensive care units, and warned that it was reaching its maximum capacity, which would overburden the health care system .
Ontario announced on Monday of its decision not to reserve doses for the second doses and instead vaccinate as many people as possible.
"We're going to keep our eye to make sure that the second dose for those individuals is on our … horizon," Retired gen. Rick Hillier, the head of Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine task force said.
Hillier said on Monday that "we're exactly where we planned to be."
Defending the government's decision to scale back vaccinations during the holiday, Hillier said it was based on advice that front-line workers needed a break.
"They've been working under terrible stress, terrible hours, under terrible conditions oftentimes for 10 months. And they had a little time planned with their supervisors for their time off at Christmas," he said.