Ontario reports over 1,700 new COVID-19 cases for third straight day

Mar 21 2021, 2:22 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,791 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday morning, a decrease from the 1,829 reported on Saturday.

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

The province is also reporting 18 additional virus-related deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 495 are in Toronto, 350 are in Peel, 177 are in York Region, and 106 are in Durham.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said over 49,200 tests were completed, and 1,521,705 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 328,874 COVID-19 cases and 7,241 virus-related deaths.

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