Coronavirus Canada Updates: Ontario sees 4,301 new cases of COVID-19 over 2 days as provincewide lockdown begins

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Coronavirus Canada Updates: Ontario sees 4,301 new cases of COVID-19 over 2 days as provincewide lockdown begins
Coronavirus Canada Updates: Ontario sees 4,301 new cases of COVID-19 over 2 days as provincewide lockdown begins

Ontario is reporting a two-day total of 4,301 cases of COVID-19.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said there are 2,142 new cases of the virus on Saturday while 2,159 new cases were logged on Christmas Day.

The province now has had more than 2,000 cases 12 days in a row.

On Saturday there are 541 new cases in Toronto, 344 in Peel, 262 in York Region, 136 in Hamilton and 131 in Windsor-Essex.

The number of tests completed over the last two days was not made available by the province.

The 4,301 new infections bring Ontario’s COVID-19 case total to 169,411, including deaths and recoveries.

There are now nearly 20,000 active cases of novel coronavirus infection across the province.

On Saturday there were 755 people hospitalized with COVID-19. Of this number, 286 are in intensive care units and 187 are breathing with the help of a ventilator.

The province says that at least 10 per cent of hospitals did not report patient data.

There were also 38 additional deaths reported on Saturday. Forty-three people also died of infection on Friday, bringing the total number of deaths reported since the pandemic began to 4,359.

Thirty-nine of the eighty-one deaths reported in the past 48 hours were among residents of long-term care homes.

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