Ontario reports over 3,200 new COVID-19 cases as total count surpasses 200,000

Jan 6 2021, 7:25 am

The Government of Ontario confirmed 3,266 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, a spike from Tuesday’s 3,128 cases.

The province is also reporting 37 deaths, and an increase of 3,005 resolved cases.

As of Wednesday, there are now a total of 200,626 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario reported.

Of the newly announced cases, 805 are in Toronto, 523 in Peel, 349 in York Region, 208 in Windsor-Essex County and 206 in Waterloo.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said that over 51,000 tests were completed.


Ontario is currently under a province-wide lockdown that will be in effect in northern Ontario for 14 days, and the southern part of the province for 28 days. The restrictions will be evaluated throughout the lockdown, rather than when they are set to expire.

Elliot added, “All Ontarians are advised to stay home as much as possible and limit trips outside of your home to necessities.”

Over the past week, health officials confirmed that six cases of the COVID-19 UK variant have been found in Ontario. The fast-spreading virus mutation was first detected in a couple from Durham Region.

Although the new variant of the virus has been found to spread quicker, there is no evidence to suggest that approved vaccines will be any less effective against it.

 

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