Ontario reports drop in new COVID-19 cases with just over 1,000

Nov 24 2020, 3:32 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,009 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday morning, the lowest number in over a week.

This is a decrease from high numbers recently with Monday’s record-breaking 1,589, which beat Saturday’s record-breaking 1,588 at the time, and Sunday’s 1,534.

However, according to the province, the drop in cases is from “technical issues.”

“Due to technical issues, instead of cases up until 12:00 p.m. on November 22, yesterday’s report contained cases reported in CCM up until 8:30 p.m. on November 22, resulting in an overestimate of the daily counts yesterday, and an underestimate of the daily counts today.”

Cases have been reportedly high with Friday’s 1,418Thursday’s 1,210Wednesday’s 1,417, Tuesday’s 1,249Monday’s 1,487, and Sunday’s 1,248. Daily cases have been consistently over 1,000 for over two weeks.

The province is also reporting 1,082 more resolved cases and 14 more deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 497 are in Toronto, 175 in Peel, and 118 in York Region.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, 27,100 tests were completed, a drop from Monday’s 37,500. The province currently has the capacity to do 50,000 tests daily.

On Monday, Toronto and Peel Region went under another lockdown for at least 28 days.

“Lockdown” is the highest level in the government’s COVID-19 response framework and brings new public health measures to the regions.

Some of the new restrictions include reducing retail stores to only offer curbside pick-up or delivery; restaurants can only be open for pick-up, drive-through, and delivery. No indoor gatherings will be allowed except with members of the same household, and outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.

Grocery stores, liquor stores, and pharmacies remain open with limited capacity.

To date, Ontario has seen 106,510 COVID-19 cases and 3,519 deaths.

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