Ontario reports under 3,000 new COVID-19 cases for sixth straight day

Jan 23 2021, 3:26 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 2,359 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, a decrease from the 2,622 cases reported on Friday.

This is the sixth day in a row that cases are below 3,000, with Thursday’s 2,632, Wednesday’s 2,655, Tuesday’s 1,913, and Monday’s 2,578.

Cases have been fluctuating around 3,000 in recent days, with 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.

The province is also reporting 52 new virus-related deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 708 are in Toronto, 422 are in Peel, 220 are in York Region, 107 are in Hamilton, and 101 are in Ottawa.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said nearly 63,500 tests were completed.

She added, “As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 276,146 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, Ontario has seen 252,585 COVID-19 cases and 5,753 virus-related deaths.

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