Ontario reports just over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths

Feb 21 2021, 3:32 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,087 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday morning, a decrease from the 1,228 reported on Saturday.

The province is also reporting 1,140 newly-resolved cases and 13 additional deaths.

Today’s cases are higher than Wednesday’s 847, which was the lowest count since late October. They are also an increase from Thursday’s 1,038, Tuesday’s 904, Monday’s 964, and Sunday’s 981, but lower than Friday’s 1,150.

Of the newly announced cases, 344 are in Toronto, 156 are in Peel, and 122 are in York Region.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said nearly 48,200 tests were completed, and 556,533 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

On February 19, Premier Doug Ford announced that the Stay at Home orders would be extended for Toronto, Peel Region, and North Bay-Parry Sound until at least March 8.

Toronto and Peel’s top doctors had previously asked the province to extend the orders due to the emerging COVID-19 variants.

The Stay at Home orders were lifted in 27 regions across the province on February 16, at which point they were reverted back to an updated colour-coded system.

On February 22, York Region will be moved into the reopening framework as well.

Cases of the the UK, South African, and Brazilian COVID-19 variants have been confirmed in Ontario.

Health officials have called the fast-spreading UK mutation 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.

To date, Ontario has seen 293,086 COVID-19 cases and 6,861 virus-related deaths.

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