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200 cases possibly linked to variant

Posted: February 12, 2021

(February 11, 2021)

By: Antonella Artuso, Toronto Sun

Ontario reported just over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday as the provincial government began lifting its stay-at-home order.

Of the 1,072 new cases, 393 were in Toronto, 196 in Peel and 125 in York.

Ontario conducted 52,504 COVID-19 tests in the prior 24 hours and the testing positivity rate was 2.5%.

Daily new cases peaked in early to mid-January and has been falling to levels not seen since early November.

Another 41 deaths were linked to COVID-19, including 13 long-term care residents.

Another 1,709 people have recovered.

Ontario hospitals reported 948 COVID-19 patients, including 313 in intensive care and 226 on ventilators.

Of the variants of concern, there were 228 confirmed cases of the U.K. variant and three of the South African variant.

The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) released the results of its own tracking of the U.K. variant, noting that there were another 200 suspected cases in addition to the confirmed cases.

“The Ford government announced plans to permit more contacts between people in their plans to ‘open’up, but did not announce safety measures to prevent the rapid spread of the U.K. variant of COVID-19,” OHC executive director Natalie Mehra said Wednesday in a statement.

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