Ontario reports almost 3,500 new COVID-19 cases

Jan 9 2021, 7:13 am

The Government of Ontario confirmed 3,443 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday morning, a decrease from the record-breaking 4,249 reported on Friday.

The province is also reporting 2,915 newly resolved cases and 40 additional virus-related deaths.

Today’s cases are a decrease from Thursday’s 3,519, but are higher than Wednesday’s 3,266, Tuesday’s 3,128, and Monday’s 3,270.

The province said Friday’s high was due to a data backlog.

Of the newly announced cases, 1,070 are in Toronto, 548 are in Peel, 303 are in York Region, 282 are in Windsor-Essex County, and 179 are in Ottawa.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said that 72,900 tests were completed.

She added, “As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, more than 103,260 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 have been 211,837 COVID-19 cases in Ontario and 4,922 deaths.

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