Ontario reports over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for fourth day in a row

Dec 18 2020, 7:20 am

The Government of Ontario confirmed 2,290 new COVID-19 cases on Friday morning, a decrease from Thursday’s record-breaking cases.

This is the fourth day in a row cases have been above 2,000, with Thursday’s 2,432, Wednesday’s 2,139, and Tuesday’s 2,275.

The province is also reporting 1,992 more resolved cases and 40 new deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 691 are in Toronto, 361 are in Peel, 296 are in York Region, 207 are in Windsor-Essex County, and 126 are in Hamilton.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, over 68,200 tests were completed, which is more than Thursday’s 58,200, 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.

Premier Doug Ford has an emergency meeting with health officials on Friday amid the rising case numbers, and days before Toronto and Peel’s lockdowns are set to end on Monday.

Earlier this week, 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 151,257 coronavirus cases and 4,098 deaths.