Ontario reports 1,534 new instances of COVID-19, 14 deaths ahead of partial lockdown

TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 1,534 new cases of COVID-19 today along with 14 new deaths associated with the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 490 of the latest cases were identified in Peel Region, 460 in Toronto and 130 in York Region, with nearly 46,400 tests completed.

Toronto and Peel, which have long seen the highest case counts in the province, are set to enter the lockdown phase of Ontario's pandemic response framework tomorrow. 

Entering the grey classification of the colour-coded system means non-essential retailers will close for in-person shopping, personal care services will be suspended and restaurants can offer only pickup or delivery service.

The province also says 484 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, with 89 on ventilators.

The latest figures bring the total of COVID-19 cases in Ontario to 103,912, with 3,486 deaths, and 87,508 cases resolved.

Today's figures come after COVID-19 cases hit a one-day peak on Saturday, when 1,588 new instances of the virus were reported.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020.

The Canadian Press