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Ontario’s COVID-19 death toll just passed 4,000 and it’s not getting any better

Ontario reported 2,139 COVID-19 cases Wednesday, making this the second-largest daily increase in cases Ontario has seen since the pandemic began (but a minor decrease from Tuesday’s record-breaking 2,275 cases).

The province also reported 43 more deaths, meaning the death toll in the province has risen to 4,035. Out of Wednesday’s death toll, 22 were residents of long-term care homes.

The province also reported 2,043 more resolved cases and nearly 49,200 tests completed.

 

 

From the new numbers, there were 780 new COVID-19 cases in Toronto, 528 in Peel, 148 in York Region, 143 in Durham, and 111 in Windsor-Essex County.

Considering the majority of infections are found in the Greater Toronto Area, on Wednesday, Toronto Mayor John Tory hinted that there may be stricter lockdown measures over the holidays, after Dec. 21, when Toronto’s lockdown is set to end. He suggested that the restrictions should cover an area larger than just Toronto.

“We need to have something that is truly going to apply across the whole region. Because I think people are finding it too easy to move back and forth and we have to discourage them from doing so,” Tory told CP24. “Going back to the good old days, as much as we’d want to is just not in the cards, in fact we should be doing more, not less.”

Hospitalizations also hit a record 921 in the province, with 267 people admitted to intensive care. Ontario Health alerted hospitals to prepare to activate emergency plans immediately to free up beds for COVID-19 patients.

 

 

Meanwhile, Christine Elliott, Ontario’s Minister of Health, is reminding Ontarians that the vaccine supply will arrive in stages, but it is critical that residents continue following public health measures (physical distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands thoroughly and often, staying at home when you’re feeling ill).

 

 

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