Ontario reports nearly 4,000 new COVID-19 cases and 61 deaths

Jan 10 2021, 3:24 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 3,945 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday morning, an increase from the 3,443 reported on Saturday.

Cases have been above 3,000 for a week, with Friday’s record-breaking 4,249Thursday’s 3,519, Wednesday’s 3,266, Tuesday’s 3,128, and Monday’s 3,270.

The province is also reporting 2,496 newly resolved cases and 61 new virus-related deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 1,160 are in Toronto, 641 are in Peel, 357 are in York Region, 223 are in Windsor-Essex County, and 220are in Waterloo.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said that over 62,300 tests were completed.

She added, “As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 113,246 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.”

Ontario is currently under a province-wide lockdown that will be in effect in northern Ontario for 14 days, and the southern part of the province for 28 days. The restrictions will be evaluated throughout the lockdown, rather than when they are set to expire.

Over the past week, health officials confirmed that six cases of the COVID-19 UK variant have been found in Ontario. The fast-spreading virus mutation was first detected in a couple from Durham Region.

Although the new variant of the virus has been found to spread quicker, there is no evidence to suggest that approved vaccines will be any less effective against it.

To date, Ontario has seen 215,782 COVID-19 cases and 4,983 deaths.

Zoe DemarcoZoe Demarco

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