Ontario's new COVID-19 cases rise up past the 1,000 mark again

Feb 24 2021, 3:23 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,054 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday morning, surpassing 1,000 again after Tuesday’s 975 count.

There are also 1,291 resolved cases and nine more virus-related deaths.

Today’s cases are lower than Monday’s 1,058, Sunday’s 1,087, Saturday’s 1,228, Friday’s 1,150, but higher than Thursday’s 1,038, and Wednesday’s 847, which was the lowest count since late October.

Of the newly announced cases, 363 are in Toronto, 186 are in Peel, and 94 are in York Region.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said nearly 54,900 tests were completed, and 602,848 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. York Region moved into the Red-Control zone on February 22.

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

Now, 31 region shave reverted back to the updated colour-coded system.

Cases of 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 296,173 COVID-19 cases and 6,893 virus-related deaths.

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