Ontario continues to report just over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases

Feb 10 2021, 3:24 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,072 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday morning, which is slightly more than Tuesday’s 1,022.

The province is also reporting 1,709 newly resolved cases and 41 additional deaths.

Today’s case count is lower than Monday’s 1,265, Sunday’s 1,489, Saturday’s 1,388,Friday’s 1,670, Thursday’s 1,563, Wednesday’s 1,172, and Tuesday’s 745, which didn’t include Toronto Public Health’s cases.

Of the newly announced cases, 393 are in Toronto, 196 are in Peel, and 125 are in York Region.

Health Minister Christie Elliott said nearly 52,500 tests were completed and 412,119 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

There are now confirmed cases of the UK, South African, and Brazilian COVID-19 variants in the province.

Health officials have called the fast-spreading variant a “significant threat” and noted that it may impact Ontario’s lockdown measures.

There is no evidence to suggest that approved vaccines will be any less effective against the newfound variants.

At the end of January, major Canadian airlines, including WestJet and Air Canada, cancelled service to Mexico and the Caribbean until the end of April.

On February 1, mandatory COVID-19 testing began at Toronto’s Pearson Airport. While international travellers await the results of their test they will need to quarantine at an approved hotel at their own expense.

Stay at Home orders have been in effect since January 14 and are set to expire in 28 regions on February 16, with Toronto, Peel, and York set to expire on February 22.

Once the orders are lifted regions will move back into the province’s colour-coded system, which will allow all retail to reopen with specific guidelines depending on the colour.

To date, Ontario has seen 281,566 COVID-19 cases and  6,596 virus-related deaths.

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