Ontario reports under 3,000 new COVID-19 cases for fourth day in a row

Jan 21 2021, 3:31 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 2,632 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, noting a “technical issue” with Toronto Public Health adds 100 more cases to today’s total.

There are 46 more virus-related deaths and 2,990 resolved cases. Thursday’s numbers are slightly less than Wednesday’s 2,655, but more than Tuesday’s 1,913, which was low due to a “technical issue” with Toronto Public Health.

Cases have been fluctuating around 3,000 recently, with Monday’s 2,578, 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, 896 are in Toronto, 412 in Peel, 245 in York Region, 162 are in Ottawa, and 118 are in Waterloo. Health Minister Christine Elliott said nearly 70,300 tests were completed.

She added, “As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 253,817 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 247, 564 COVID-19 cases and 5,614 deaths.

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