Ontario reports over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for fourth straight day

Mar 28 2021, 7:22 am

The Government of Ontario confirmed 2,448 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday morning, the fourth day in a row that cases rose above 2,000 in the province.

Sunday’s cases are lower than Saturday’s 2,453, but higher than Friday’s 2,169, Thursday’s 2,380, Wednesday’s 1,571, Tuesday’s 1,546, and Monday’s 1,699.

The province is also reporting 19 additional deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 780 are in Toronto, 356 are in Peel, 278 are in York Region, 219 are in Durham, and 150 are in Ottawa.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said over 50,200 tests were completed, and 1,981,282 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

On Friday, health officials announced several changes to the Grey-Lockdown zones of Ontario’s reopening framework, which includes Toronto and Peel.

As of March 29, outdoor fitness classes will be permitted to resume in Grey zones with up to 10 people. As well, marinas and boating clubs will be allowed to operate.

On April 12, personal care services, including nail and hair salons, will be able to reopen by appointment only.

Last week, the province modified the Grey zone rules to allow for outdoor dining.

The Grey zone also permits retail to operate at 25% capacity, although indoor gatherings are prohibited.

Earlier on Friday, Canada’s chief public health officer released updated modelling data that shows that the COVID-19 pandemic is once again in a “growth pattern.”

To date, Ontario has seen 343,140 COVID-19 cases and 7,327 virus-related deaths.

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