Ontario reports 2,408 new COVID cases

Ontario reports 2,408 new COVID cases

Ontario reported 4,301 new cases over the past two days on Saturday, with the province seeing more than 2,000 cases per day for 12 consecutive days.

"It's probably more widespread in Canada than those two cases", he tells 680 NEWS.

The first two cases of the new coronavirus strain that emerged in the United Kingdom earlier this month have been confirmed in Canada, Ontario authorities announced in a statement.

With the arrival of worldwide flights, it was therefore "expected" that this variant would eventually be identified in Ontario, say the authorities.

The Ontario government has implemented a province-wide shutdown.

The announcement about the diagnoses came as Ontario began a provincewide lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.

The couple have been placed in isolation, according to the statement, the same day that Ontario reimposed a lockdown for several weeks due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in the province since early December.

Ontario has joined Manitoba and Quebec in closing non-essential retail stores for in-person shopping, while supermarkets and pharmacies must follow rules for distancing and limiting capacity.

In Quebec, a province-wide lockdown went into effect Friday, with businesses deemed non-essential ordered to remain closed until at least January 11.

Since Dec. 24, at least 189 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 and 28 COVID patients have been admitted to intensive care units. The province notes more than 10 per cent of hospitals did not submit data on hospitalizations so the numbers do not include all hospitalizations.

Elsewhere in the GTA, Durham Region reported 93 cases on Friday and 67 new cases on Saturday, while Halton Region reported 96 new cases on Friday and 93 new cases on Saturday.

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