The London space information the 10,000th COVID case. Lady in her 50s dies of virus

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The number of COVID-19 cases in the London area topped 10,000 on Tuesday as the area also recorded the death of a relatively young person, a woman in her fifties.

Middlesex-London Health Unit figures released on Tuesday show 71 new cases were recorded in the ongoing third wave, bringing the pandemic in the London and Middlesex County area to 10,063 cases.

The last death, the second in three days, is a woman in her fifties. This makes her one of the younger victims of the virus, which has now killed 197 people in the London area.

If there’s a tinge of optimism, it is that the daily surge in the number of cases is only in double digits after triple-digit hikes became the norm during the April spike in COVID. There were 100 new cases on Monday and 172 over the two-day weekend.

The region and all of Ontario are now able to stay home to help slow the spread of the virus. The restrictions apply until at least May 20th.

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Vaccination efforts continue, with London Mayor Ed Holder pledging on Monday to roll back possible reductions in the city’s COVID-19 vaccine shipments as the province considers allocating half of its doses to hot-spot areas.

“Allocating up to 50 percent of the province’s vaccine supply to hot-spot neighborhoods is just a bridge too far for me and I cannot support it,” he said.

“I understand the challenges some parts of the greater Toronto area and elsewhere are facing, but hot spots can change in a very short time. . . . I absolutely don’t want London to risk becoming one by redirecting even more local vaccines to other locations. “