Ontario continues to report over 1,700 new COVID-19 cases amid second lockdown

Dec 2 2020, 3:23 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,723 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday morning, with more than half coming from Peel Region and Toronto.

This is the fourth day in a row cases are above 1,700 with an increase from Tuesday’s 1,707 and Sunday’s 1,708 but a decrease from Monday’s 1,746, Saturday’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 1,686 more resolved cases and 35 new deaths — a significant increase from the seven reported on Tuesday.

Of the newly announced cases, 500 are in Peel, 410 are in Toronto, and 196 are in York Region.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, 44,200 tests were completed which is more than Tuesday’s 34,600 and 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 119,922 coronavirus cases and 3,698 deaths.

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