The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,265 new COVID-19 cases on Monday morning, as Premier Doug Ford is set to announce the plan for economic reopening this afternoon.
During a press conference, Ford will release plans for the gradual reopening of the province as cases continue towards a downward trend.
The province is also reporting 1,700 newly resolved cases and 33 additional deaths.
Of the newly announced cases, 421 are in Toronto, 256 are in Peel, and 130 are in York Region.
Health Minister Christie Elliott said nearly 28,300 tests were completed and 386,171 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.
Ontario is reporting 1,265 cases of #COVID19 and over 28,300 tests completed. Locally, there are 421 new cases in Toronto, 256 in Peel and 130 in York Region.
As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 386,171 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) February 8, 2021
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.
There is no evidence to suggest that approved vaccines will be any less effective against the newfound variants.
At the end of January, 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 has been in place since January 12 and is set to expire tomorrow. While Stay at Home orders have been in effect since January 14.
To date, Ontario has seen 279,427 COVID-19 cases and 6,538virus-related deaths.