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

Jan 24 2021, 3:20 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 2,417 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday morning, an increase from the 2,359 reported on Saturday.

Cases have now been below 3,000 for a week, with Friday’s 2,622, Thursday’s 2,632, Wednesday’s 2,655, Tuesday’s 1,913, and Monday’s 2,578.

Ontario’s cases have been fluctuating around 3,000 recently, with last 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 2,759 newly resolved cases and 50 additional deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 785 are in Toronto, 404 are in Peel, 215 are in York Region, and 121 are in Niagara.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said over 48,900 tests were completed.

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 255,002 COVID-19 cases and 5,803 virus-related deaths.

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