Ontario reports just under 1,000 new COVID-19 cases

Feb 14 2021, 3:21 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 981 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday morning, a decrease from the 1,300 reported on Saturday.

The province is also reporting 1,235 newly-resolved cases and 42 additional deaths.

Case counts have been low in recent days due to under-reporting from Toronto. The city’s public health unit has been working to merge its data system with the province’s.

Sunday’s cases are lower than Friday’s 1,072, Wednesday’s 1,072, Tuesday’s 1,022, and Monday’s 1,265, but higher than Thursday’s 945,

Of the newly announced cases, 209 are in Peel, 171 are in York Region, and 122 are in Toronto.

Elliott said over 48,700 tests were completed and 467,626 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.

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 285,868 COVID-19 cases and 6,693 virus-related deaths.

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