Ontario breaks single-day record with over 2,550 new COVID-19 cases

Dec 29 2020, 3:39 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,939 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and 2,553 on Tuesday — the highest number to date.

The province did not report cases on Monday due to the public holiday.

Daily case counts have remained above 2,000 for almost two weeks, with Sunday’s 2,005, 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.

Before Monday’s numbers, the last time cases were below 2,000 was on December 14, when 1,940 cases were confirmed.

The province is also reporting 2,233 newly resolved cases and 41 deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 895 are in Toronto, 496 are in Peel, 142 are in York Region, and 147 are in Windsor-Essex County.

Health Minister Christine Elliott added that 34,112 tests were completed on December 28, and 39,565 on December 27.

On December 26, 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 three cases of the COVID-19 UK variant have been found in Ontario. The fast-spreading virus mutation was first 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 175,908 COVID-19 cases and 4,455 deaths.

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