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

Dec 21 2020, 7:33 am

The Government of Ontario confirmed 2,123 new COVID-19 cases on Monday morning, a decrease from the 2,316 reported on Sunday.

Cases have been above 2,000 for seven days in a row, with Sunday’s 2,316Saturday’s 2,357Friday’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, 611 are in Toronto, 480 are in Peel, 192 are in York Region, and 138 are in Windsor-Essex County.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, over 54,500 tests were completed.

Premier Doug Ford announced on Friday that lockdown orders for Toronto and Peel are extended until at least January 4.

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

Hamilton also entered the grey zone as of 12:01 am on December 21. Now five health regions in the province are currently under lockdown – Toronto, Peel, Hamilton, York Region and Windsor-Essex County.

On Monday afternoon, Ford is expected to release further details in regards to lockdowns. According to the CBC, as part of new measures being mentioned, a 28-day lockdown for all parts of the province south of Sudbury will be included.

Their sources also mentioned that restrictions in these areas would be reminiscent of Ontario’s first shutdown in March, with only essential businesses staying open.