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

Dec 20 2020, 7:19 am

The Government of Ontario confirmed 2,316 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday morning, a decrease from the 2,357 reported on Saturday.

Cases have been above 2,000 for six days in a row, with Friday’s 2,290 ,Thursday’s record-breaking 2,432, Wednesday’s 2,139, and Tuesday’s 2,275.

The province is also reporting 1,931 more resolved cases and 25 new deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 486 are in Toronto, 468 are in Peel, 326 are in York Region, 151 are in Windsor-Essex County, and 128 are in Niagara.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, over 69,400 tests were completed, the highest amount this week.

On Friday, Premier Doug Ford announced that he would be extending the lockdown orders currently in place in Toronto and Peel until at least January 4.

The regions have both been in the Grey–Lockdown level of the province’s COVID-19 framework since November 23.

In addition to the longer lockdown for Toronto and Peel, Ford said that beginning at 12:01am on Monday, December 21, Hamilton will be in the grey zone as well.

As of Monday, five health regions across Ontario will be in lockdowns to stop the spread of COVID-19. In addition to Toronto, Peel, and Hamilton, York Region and Windsor-Essex County are also in the grey zone.

Over the weekend, the premier will hold an emergency meeting with the CEOs of all the province’s hospitals. New restrictions are expected to be announced Monday afternoon.

To date, Ontario has seen 155,930 coronavirus cases and 4,150 deaths.