Ontario reports just over 900 new COVID-19 cases for third straight day

Feb 16 2021, 3:33 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 964 new COVID-19 cases on Monday morning, as well as 904 on Tuesday — the third day cases are just above 900.

The province is also reporting 1,012 newly resolved cases and 13 additional deaths on Tuesday.

According to the province, as part of continued “data quality checks and remediation activities” following Toronto Public Health’s (TPH) migration to CCM, “case counts may fluctuate.”

Both days are fewer than Sunday’s 981, Saturday’s 1,300, Friday’s 1,072, Thursday’s 945, and Wednesday’s 1,072.

Of the newly announced cases, 320 are in Toronto, 154 are in Peel, and 118 are in York Region.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said over 27,000 tests were completed on Monday, and 30,400 were completed on Sunday. So far, 480,377 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.

On February 16, the Stay at Home orders were lifted in 27 Ontario regions, which will revert back to an updated colour-coded system. However, Toronto, Peel, and York regions will not see the orders lifted until 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 287,736 COVID-19 cases and 6,719 virus-related deaths.

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