89 deaths reported as Ontario logs under 3,000 new COVID-19 cases

Jan 20 2021, 3:28 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 2,655 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, with 89 more virus-related deaths.

Wednesday’s cases are more than Tuesday’s 1,913 which was low due to a “technical issue” with Toronto Public Health.

Today’s cases are more than Monday’s 2,578, but less than Sunday’s 3,422, Saturday’s 3,056, Friday’s 2,998, Thursday’s 3,326, 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.

Of the newly announced cases, 925 are in Toronto, 473 in Peel, 226 in York Region, 179 in Windsor-Essex County, and 129 in Niagara.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said nearly 54,300 tests were completed.

She added, “As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 237,918 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.”

There are now 15 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 244,932 COVID-19 cases and 5,568 deaths.

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