89 deaths reported as Ontario logs another day of record-breaking COVID-19 cases

Jan 7 2021, 3:26 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 3,519 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday — the highest count to date, as well as 89 more deaths.

This is an increase from Wednesday’s 3,266, and Tuesday’s 3,128 cases.

Today’s record breaks last Saturday’s 3,363.

There are 2,776 resolved cases.

Of the newly announced cases, 891 are in Toronto, 568 in Peel, 457 in York Region, 208 in Windsor-Essex County and 175 in Waterloo.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said that over 65,800 tests were completed.

She added, “As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, more than 72,630 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.”

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.

Over the past week, health officials confirmed that six 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, there are a total of 204,405 cases with 172,571 recovered, and 4,856 reported deaths.

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