Ontario reports 1,072 new COVID-19 cases as more schools reopen, three regions move out of lockdown

Elisabetta Bianchini
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Ontario reported 1,072 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, including 93 cases in Toronto, 196 in Peel and 125 new cases in York Region.

A total of 52,504 tests were completed in the last 24 hours and there are currently 41,725 tests currently under investigation. The seven-day average for cases in Ontario is now 1,353.

The province confirmed 41 more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 6,596 in Ontario.

Ontario has confirmed 228 cases of the B117 COVID-19 variant, initially detected in the U.K. and three cases of the B1351 variant, first indentified in South Africa.

There are currently 948 people in Ontairo hospitals with COVID-19, inclduing 313 people in ICUs.

At the moment, 200 long-term care homes have a reported outbreak, with 394 active resident cases and 568 active staff cases.

This week, 13 more public health units returned to in-person learning in the province. Students in Toronto, York and Peel regions will go back to school on Feb. 16.

Beginning Wednesday, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health and Renfrew County and District Health Unit were moved into the Green-Prevent level of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework.

In this level of the framework, people in these regions can gather in groups of up to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors, where physically distancing can be maintained. Retail stores must have "passive screening" for customers, such as posting signs outside the store front about not entering if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Restaurants can reopen with a two-metre distance in between tables.

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