Ontario reports under 2,000 new COVID-19 cases amid "data catch-up"

Jan 31 2021, 3:19 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,848 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday morning, although approximately 300 cases were due to a “data catch-up.”

Today’s cases are lower than Saturday’s 2,063 and Thursday’s 2,093, but higher than Friday’s 1,837 and Wednesday’s 1,670, which was the lowest case count in over two months.

Tuesday and Monday saw cases drop below 2,000 as well, with 1,740, and 1,958 reported, respectively.

The province is also reporting 2,313 newly resolved cases and 43 additional deaths.

Last week, cases hovered around the mid-2000’s, with Sunday’s 2,417, 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.

Of the newly announced cases, 726 are in Toronto, 306 are in Peel and, 168 are in York Region.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said nearly 49,400 tests were completed.

She added, “Due to a data catch-up, Toronto Public Health is reporting approximately 300 additional cases.”

There are now 51 confirmed cases of the UK COVID-19 variant in Ontario. The fast-spreading virus mutation was first detected in a couple from Durham Region.

Health officials have called the fast-spreading variant a “significant threat,” and noted that it may impact Ontario’s lockdown measures.

There is no evidence to suggest that approved vaccines will be any less effective against the newfound variants.

On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that major Canadian airlines, including WestJet and Air Canada, would be cancelling service to Mexico and the Caribbean until the end of April.

The Prime Minister also said that mandatory COVID-19 testing would be implemented at Toronto’s Pearson Airport. While international travellers await the results of their test they will need to quarantine at an approved hotel at their own expense.

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 268,211 COVID-19 cases and 6,188 virus-related deaths.

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