Ontario reports nearly 3,000 new COVID-19 cases

Jan 3 2021, 7:19 am

The Government of Ontario confirmed 2,964 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday morning, a drop from the record-breaking 3,363 reported on Saturday.

The province is also reporting 2,175 more resolved cases and 25 new deaths.

Daily case counts have remained above 2,000 for weeks, with Friday’s 2,476, Thursday’s 3,328, Wednesday’s 2,923Tuesday’s 2,553, and Monday’s 1,939.

Before Monday’s numbers, the last time cases were below 2,000 was on December 14, when 1,940 cases were confirmed.

Of the newly announced cases, 786 are in Toronto, 346 are in Peel, 308 are in York Region, 197 are in Durham, and 187 are in Windsor-Essex County.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said over 49,800 tests were completed.

Ontario is currently under a province-wide lockdown that will be in effect in northern Ontario for 14 days, and the southern part of the province for 28 days. The restrictions will be evaluated throughout the lockdown, rather than when they are set to expire.

Health officials confirmed that the three cases of the COVID-19 UK variant have been found 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.

To date, Ontario has seen 190,962 COVID-19 cases and 4,650 deaths.