Possible COVID-19 lockdown coming to Toronto, Peel and York as Ontario reports 1,417 new cases
New COVID-19 restrictions are likely to be implemented later this week in three Ontario regions consistently seeing the most new cases, Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday.
At his daily news conference, Ford called the numbers in Toronto and its outlying Peel and York regions "extremely, extremely concerning" and said all three are "staring down the barrel of another lockdown."
Ford added that his cabinet will be discussing new public health measures for them in coming days that could be announced on Friday.
"We have to do something," he said.
Ontario reported an additional 1,417 cases of COVID-19 early Wednesday, and 32 more deaths linked to the illness — the most on any single day during the second wave of the pandemic which is currently gripping parts of the province.
Ontario: New daily cases of COVID-19
The new cases include 410 in Toronto, 463 in Peel Region and 178 in York Region.
They push the seven-day average of daily cases, a measure that helps to paint a clearer picture of longer-term trends in the data, to 1,422.
Other regions that saw double-digit increases in Wednesday's report were:
- Halton Region: 63.
- Waterloo: 54.
- Hamilton: 46.
- Durham: 40.
- Simcoe Muskoka: 25.
- Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph: 23.
- Ottawa: 22.
- Thunder Bay: 20.
- Windsor: 17.
- Southwestern: 14.
Officials say 109 of the new cases are school-related: 92 among students and 17 staff. A total of 670, or about 13.9 per cent, of Ontario's 4,828 publicly funded schools have reported at least one case of COVID-19. Three schools provincewide are currently closed because of the illness.