Ontario reporting over 1200 new COVID-19 cases, almost half in Toronto

Nov 17 2020, 3:30 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,249 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, with almost half of them coming from Toronto.

This is a decrease from Monday’s 1,487 and Saturday’s 1,581, which was the highest single-day number since the pandemic began, but a slight increase from Sunday’s 1,248.

The province has reported 12 more deaths and 1,135 resolved cases.

Newly reported cases have been consistently over 1,000 with Friday’s 1,3961,575 were reported on Thursday, Wednesday saw 1,426, Tuesday’s 1,388 cases, Monday’s 1,242, Sunday’s 1,328, and Saturday’s 1,132.

Of the newly announced cases, 569 are in Toronto — a record-high for the city, 256 in Peel and 94 in York Region.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, 26,500 tests were completed, a significant drop from Monday’s 33,400 and Sunday’s 42,200. The province currently has the capacity to do 50,000 tests daily.

On Monday, Hamilton, Halton, Peel, and York moved into the red “control zone.”

Toronto already moved into the red zone on November 14 but has additional restrictions imposed by the city’s top doctor, Eileen de Villa. They include closing indoor dining, fitness classes, cinemas and reducing gatherings to just immediate households with one or two essential supports.

Peel Region moved into the red zone on November 7 and added further restrictions to limit the virus’s spread.

There are a total of 96,745 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario reported to date.

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