Ontario reports over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases as testing increases

Jan 28 2021, 3:25 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 2,093 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday morning, an increase from Wednesday’s 1,670 which was the lowest case count in over two months.

Tuesday and Monday saw cases below 2,000 with 1,740, 1,958 respectively.

Today’s case count is less than Sunday’s 2,417 cases, Saturday’s 2,359, Friday’s 2,622, Thursday’s 2,632, Wednesday’s 2,655, Tuesday’s 1,913, and Monday’s 2,578.

The province is also reporting 2,491 newly resolved cases and 56 additional deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, there are 700 in Toronto, 331 in Peel, and 228 in York Region.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said over 64,700 tests were completed.

She added, “As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 317,240 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.”

There are now 43 confirmed 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 262,463 COVID-19 cases and 6,014 virus-related deaths.

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