Ontario recorded 658 new COVID-19 instances on Sunday, with almost two-thirds reported in Toronto and its surrounding areas.
Sunday’s replace marks the primary time the provincial case rely has dipped under 700 since Oct. 11.
Well being Minister Christine Elliott says 197 of the newest instances had been reported in Toronto, whereas 155 had been recorded in Peel Area and 94 in York Area. Ottawa, in the meantime, reported 66 new instances on Sunday.
Sunday’s provincial COVID-19 numbers got here out of roughly 40,900 accomplished exams. There’s at the moment a backlog of 23,609 exams ready to be processed.
Provincial case numbers final week, whereas nonetheless excessive, did not reached the single-day document of 939 new diagnoses reported Oct. 9.
Regardless of Toronto’s hovering numbers, some 1,500 anti-mask protesters flooded one of many metropolis’s busiest intersections on Saturday.
Native police stated a faculty bus with a loudspeaker that had been parked on the sidewalk close to Yonge-Dundas Sq. needed to be moved.
Video from the scene exhibits throngs of maskless demonstrators holding indicators as they fill the road outdoors the Eaton Centre.
Well being and authorities officers have slammed the demonstrators, who’ve been holding rallies in giant teams with out masks for the previous few months in protest of provincial restrictions to curb the unfold of COVID-19.
4 COVID-19 scorching spots transfer to modified Stage 2
In the meantime, the province introduced Friday that York Area was becoming a member of the opposite three COVID-19 scorching spots in transferring again to a modified Stage 2 of pandemic protocol beginning Monday.
Toronto, Peel Area and Ottawa had been positioned underneath related restrictions amid rising instances per week in the past.
The modified Stage 2 consists of the closure of gyms and film theatres, a ban on indoor eating in eating places or bars, and restrictions capping public gatherings at 10 folks indoors and 25 folks open air.
The tighter measures might be in place for 28 days.
Almost 100 instances school-related
In the meantime, the variety of sufferers in Ontario hospitals with confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus dropped by 31 to 247. The Ministry of Well being says some 40 hospitals do not submit knowledge on weekends, which suggests the true variety of hospitalizations is doubtless greater than reported.
These requiring intensive care fell by one, right down to 71, whereas the variety of sufferers on ventilators elevated by one, as much as 43.
Ontario now has a complete of 64,371 instances of COVID-19, together with 55,371 which can be thought of resolved. Some 685 instances had been marked resolved in Sunday’s replace.
The province’s official COVID-19 demise toll, in the meantime, grew by 5 and now sits at 3,046.
Other than the province’s 4 scorching spots, different areas that noticed double-digit will increase Sunday embrace:
Durham Area: 45. Halton Area: 29. Simcoe Muskoka: 18. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Well being: 13. Hamilton: 11.
In keeping with the Ministry of Well being, 98 of Sunday’s new instances are school-related. Of these, 55 instances are amongst college students, 12 are amongst workers and 31 individuals are categorized as “people not recognized.”
To this point there has been a complete of 1,242 school-related COVID-19 instances reported throughout Ontario.
2 Toronto hospitals declare COVID-19 outbreaks
In the meantime, St. Joseph’s Well being Centre and Toronto Western Hospital confirmed 29 instances of COVID-19 attributed to outbreaks between each hospitals.
On Sunday, College Well being Community (UHN) confirmed three sufferers and 6 workers members inside two completely different items at Toronto Western Hospital had contracted the virus as of Friday.
The hospital, close to Bathurst and Dundas Streets, has beforehand declared a number of different COVID-19 outbreaks, with the primary on April 18, and a number of others within the weeks following.
Additionally as of Sunday morning, St. Joseph’s Well being Centre confirmed 20 instances of the virus of their facility. The hospital admitted 16 sufferers into their COVID-19 unit, seven of that are attributed to their outbreak, whereas 13 workers members additionally examined optimistic for the virus.
You may learn extra about these outbreaks right here.