Ontario reports highest COVID-19 numbers in a week with 3,422 new cases

Jan 17 2021, 3:21 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 3,422 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday morning, an increase from the 3,056 reported on Saturday.

Today’s numbers are an increase from Friday’s 2,998 Thursday’s 3,326, Wednesday’s 2,961, and Tuesday’s 2,903.

The province is also reporting 3,212 newly-resolved cases and 51 virus-related deaths.

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.

Of the newly announced cases, 1,035 are in Toronto, 585 are in Peel, 254 are in Windsor-Essex County, 246 are in York Region, and 186 are in Niagara.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said nearly 60,200 tests were completed.

She added, “As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 200,097 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.”

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

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, the province has seen 237,786 COVID-19 cases and 5,409 deaths.

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