Ontario reports just over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths

Dec 27 2020, 7:33 am

The Government of Ontario confirmed 2,005 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday morning, the lowest number reported this week.

Cases have remained above 2,000 for almost two weeks, with Saturday’s 2,142Friday’s 2,159, Thursday’s record-breaking 2,447, Wednesday’s 2,408, Tuesday’s 2,202, and Monday’s 2,123.

The last time cases were below 2,000 was on December 14, when 1,940 cases were confirmed.

The province is also reporting 2,005 newly resolved cases and 18 deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 572 are in Toronto, 331 are in Peel, 207 are in York Region, and 140 are in Windsor-Essex County.

On Saturday, Ontario entered a province-wide lockdown.

The measures will be in effect in northern Ontario for 14 days and in the southern part of the province for 28 days. The time-limited restrictions will be evaluated throughout their implementation, rather than when they are set to expire.

Health officials confirmed that the first Canadian cases of the COVID-19 UK variant have been found in Ontario. The fast-spreading virus mutation was detected in a couple from Durham Region.

Although the new variant of the virus has been found to spread quicker, there is no evidence to suggest that approved vaccines will be any less effective against it.

To date, Ontario has seen 171,416 COVID-19 cases and 4,377 deaths.