Ontario reports over 1,800 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths

Mar 20 2021, 2:31 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,829 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday morning, the highest case count since early February.

Today’s cases are higher than Friday’s 1,745, Thursday’s 1,553, Wednesday’s 1,508, Tuesday’s 1,074, Monday’s 1,268 and Sunday’s 1,747.

The province is also reporting 11 additional virus-related deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 593 are in Toronto, 287 are in Peel, 157 in are York Region, 124 are in Hamilton, and 101 are in Ottawa.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said nearly 52,100 tests were completed, and 1,480,882 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The province launched its online COVID-19 vaccine booking system on March 15.

Health officials announced on Friday that outdoor dining will now be permitted in the Grey-Lockdown zones of Ontario’s reopening framework, which includes Toronto and Peel.

The new measures are effective as of 12:01 am on March 20, and also allow for indoor dining with up to 50 patrons in the Red-Control level, and 100 patrons in the Orange-Restrict level.

On March 8, the Stay at Home orders were lifted in Toronto, Peel Region, and North Bay-Parry Sound at 12 am with all three regions in the Grey Zone of Ontario’s reopening framework.

In the Grey Zone, retail is permitted to reopen at 25% capacity, but indoor gatherings are not permitted.

Last week, Ontario’s health officials said that COVID-19 cases in the province are increasing across most public health units, and ramping up the vaccination process is how the pandemic can resolve.

To date, Ontario has seen 327,083 COVID-19 cases and 7,223 virus-related deaths.

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