Ontario reports almost 1,500 new COVID-19 cases with nearly half from Peel

Nov 26 2020, 3:25 pm

The Government of Ontario confirmed 1,478 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday morning, with almost half of the cases from Peel Region.

This is an increase from Wednesday’s 1,373Tuesday’s 1,009, which was low due to “technical issues,” but a decrease from Monday’s record-breaking 1,589, which beat Saturday’s record-breaking 1,588 at the time, and Sunday’s 1,534.

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 1,365 more resolved cases and 21 more deaths.

Of the newly announced cases, 572 are in Peel, 356 are in Toronto, and 111 are in York Region.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, 47,600 tests were completed, which is more than Wednesday’s 36,100, Tuesday’s 27,100 tests, and 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 offer only 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 109,361 COVID-19 cases and 3,575 deaths.

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