Ontario reports third consecutive day of record-high COVID-19 cases with 2,432

Dec 17 2020, 7:26 am

The Government of Ontario confirmed 2,432 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday morning, the highest single-day count since the pandemic began.

This is the third day in a row cases have been above 2,000, with Wednesday’s 2,139 and Tuesday’s 2,275.

The province is also reporting 2,009 more resolved cases and 23 new deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 737 are in Toronto, 434 are in Peel, 209 are in York Region, 190 are in Windsor-Essex County, and 142 are in Hamilton.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, 58,200 tests were completed, which is more than Wednesday’s 49,200, Tuesday’s 39,600, Monday’s 57,100, and Sunday’s 58,200.

On Monday, York Region and Windsor-Essex County moved into the Grey–Lockdown level of the province’s COVID-19 framework.

The regions join Toronto and Peel, which have both been in lockdown since November 23.

Lockdown restrictions include only allowing retail stores to offer curbside pick-up or delivery. Restaurants can only be open for pick-up, drive-thru, and delivery.

Indoor gatherings are not allowed except with members of the same household, and outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.

On Wednesday, Toronto Mayor John Tory said he is looking to have more restrictions once the 28-day lockdown ends on December 21.

To date, Ontario has seen 148,967 coronavirus cases and 4,058 deaths.