Ontario reports over 1,200 new COVID-19 cases with majority in Peel, Toronto

Nov 19 2020, 3:22 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,210 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with the majority coming from Toronto and Peel.

This is a decrease from Wednesday’s 1,417, Tuesday’s 1,249 and Sunday’s 1,248,  Monday’s 1,487 and Saturday’s 1,581, which was the highest single-day number since the pandemic began.

The province has reported 28 more deaths and 1,376 resolved cases.

Newly reported cases have been consistently over 1,000 for the last 14 days, with Friday’s 1,396Thursday’s 1,575Wednesday’s 1,426Tuesday’s 1,388, Monday’s 1,242, Sunday’s 1,328, and Saturday’s 1,132.

Of the newly announced cases, 361 are in Peel, 346 are in Toronto, and 143 are in York Region.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, 41,800 tests were completed, which is more than Wednesday’s 33,400 and Tuesday’s 26,500. 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.

However, due to the high infection rates in Toronto, Peel, and York Region, Premier Doug Ford said new measures would be announced on Friday.

There are a total of 99,372 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario reported to date.

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