Ontario reports record 1,924 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

Ontario reported a new record high of 1,924 COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

Toronto saw 568 new cases, Peel Region had 477 and York Region had 249. It’s the second-straight day that Ontario has broken a record in its daily case count.

The province recorded 15 additional COVID-19 related deaths. Eight of those who died were residents of long-term care homes.

The new deaths mean a total of 3,772 people have died of the virus in Ontario.

There are now 701 patients with COVID-19 in hospitals across the province. Of this number, 204 are in intensive care units and 109 are breathing with the help of ventilators.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province’s network of labs processed nearly 59,300 tests.

There are 1,574 more cases marked as resolved, Elliott said. The province’s cumulative total, or total number of cases since the outbreak began, is now 127,309.

The new case number reported on Sunday marks the first time that daily case count has topped 1,900. There were 1,859 new infections reported on Saturday.

Among the other areas reporting double-digit increases on Sunday are:

  • Durham Region: 104.
  • Hamilton: 87.
  • Halton Region: 51.
  • Ottawa: 61.
  • Waterloo Region: 47.

3 regions face more COVID-19 restrictions on Monday

Toronto and Peel Region have been in lockdown since Nov. 23, with most non-essential businesses closed. 

Three more regions are set to move into new zones in the province’s colour-coded restrictions framework for at least 28 days. 

As of Monday, Middlesex-London and Thunder Bay will move into the orange-restrict zone, while the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit will move into the yellow-protect zone.

York Region has continued to avoid the grey-lockdown zone, despite being among the hardest-hit areas after Toronto and Peel Region.

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