Ontario reports over 3,000 new COVID-19 cases and 51 new deaths

Jan 16 2021, 3:24 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 3,056 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday morning, an increase from the 2,998 reported on Friday.

Today’s numbers are a decrease from Thursday’s 3,326, but an increase from Wednesday’s 2,961, and Tuesday’s 2,903.

Prior to January 12, cases had been above 3,000 for over a week, with Monday’s 3,338, Sunday’s 3,945, Saturday’s 3,443, Friday’s record-breaking 4,249, Thursday’s 3,519, Wednesday’s 3,266, Tuesday’s 3,128, and Monday’s 3,270.

The province is also reporting 3,212 newly resolved cases and 51 new deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, there are 903 are in Toronto, are 639 in Peel, 283 are in York Region, 162 are in Durham, and 152 are in Ottawa.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said nearly 73,900 tests were completed.

She added, “As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 189,090 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.”

There are now 21 cases of the UK COVID-19 variant in the province. 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.

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 234,364 COVID-19 cases and 5,340 virus-related deaths.

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