Ontario reports over 1,700 new COVID-19 cases for third day in a row, majority in Toronto

Dec 1 2020, 3:23 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,707 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday morning, with more than 700 coming from Toronto.

This is the third day in a row cases are above 1,700 but a decrease from Monday’s 1,746, Sunday’s 1,708Saturday’s 1,822, and Friday’s record-breaking 1,855.

Cases have been above 1,000 daily for a few weeks with Thursday’s 1,478, Wednesday’s 1,373Tuesday’s 1,009, which was low due to “technical issues,” Monday’s 1,589Saturday’s 1,588, and Sunday’s 1,534.

The province is also reporting 1,373 more resolved cases and seven new deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 727 are in Toronto, 373 are in Peel, 168 are in York Region.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, 34,600 tests were completed, which is less than Monday’s 39,400. The province has the capacity to do over 50,000 tests, which has only been surpassed a few times during the second wave.

Toronto and Peel Region have been in lockdown for over a week. Some of the new restrictions include only allowing retail stores to offer curbside pick-up or delivery; restaurants can only be open for pick-up, drive-through, and delivery.

No indoor gatherings will be allowed except with members of the same household, and outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.

Last week, health officials noted that cases could reach over 9,000 a day by the end of the year.

To date, Ontario has seen 118,199 coronavirus cases and 3,663 deaths.

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