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Ontario reports 1,072 new COVID-19 cases; Since peaking in early to mid-January, numbers have been generally falling

Posted: February 12, 2021

(February 11, 2021)

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

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

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

The number of daily new cases peaked in early to mid-January and has been generally falling ever since to levels last seen in early November.

Another 41 deaths were linked to COVID-19, including 13 residents of long-term care homes, and 408 lives have been lost so far this month.

Another 1,072 people who tested positive for COVID-19 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 United Kingdom variant and three of the South African variant.

The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) released the results of its own tracking of the United Kingdom variant, noting there are another 200 suspected cases of the more contagious mutation undergoing the two-step testing process 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 in a statement Wednesday.

“Our provincial government cannot simply repeat the same mistakes over and over again. We are calling on the Ford government to immediately provide clear, enhanced and enforced safety measures to protect Ontarians.”

With the exception of the three hot spots of Toronto, Peel and York, all of the province will see its stay-at-home order lifted as of next Tuesday.

By Feb. 22, all of the province will have begun the reopening process.

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