Ontario reporting under 1200 new COVID-19 cases, 67 deaths

Feb 3 2021, 3:25 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,172 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday morning and 67 more virus-related deaths.

According to the province, Toronto Public Health is still migrating COVID-19 data to CCM from their local CORES system.

“As data quality checks and remediation activities continue this week, fluctuations may occur.”

This is more than Tuesday’s 745 which was low due to a change in the data system which didn’t include Toronto’s numbers.

The province is also reporting 1,745 newly resolved cases.

Wednesday’s cases are lower than Monday’s 1,969 which was also affected by TPH merging their data system with the province. Cases are also less than Sunday’s 1,848, Saturday’s 2,063, Friday’s 1,837, Thursday’s 2,093, and Wednesday’s 1,670.

Of the newly announced cases, 444 are from Toronto, 199 are in Peel, and 110 are in York Region.

Health Minister Christie Elliott said 52,400 tests have been completed and 348,331 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

There are now 69 confirmed cases of the UK COVID-19 variant in Ontario, and the first South African variant was detected on February 1.

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.

Over the weekend, 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.

A second State of Emergency was announced by Premier Doug Ford, who also issued a Stay at Home order, effective January 14. This means everyone must stay home and only go out for essential trips, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing healthcare services, exercising, or essential work.

To date, Ontario has seen 272,097 COVID-19 cases and 6,305 virus-related deaths.

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