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Ontario's new COVID-19 cases drop to below 3,000

Last Updated Jan 12, 2021 at 12:11 pm EST

COVID-19 samples sit in cold storage after testing at a LifeLabs testing facility in Toronto. (Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Summary

Another 41 people have died from the virus, bringing the provincial death toll to 5,053.


So far, there are 14 cases of the variant in Ontario


Ontario reported 2,903 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday — as new infections dropped to below 3,000 for the first time since Jan. 3.

Another 41 people have died from the virus, bringing the provincial death toll to 5,053.

Most of the new infections were in Toronto (837), followed by Peel Region (545), York Region (249), and Niagara (246).

Health Minister Christine Elliott said eight of the new cases are the UK variant. So far, there are 14 cases of the variant in Ontario.

A total of 44,802 tests were completed in the previous day.

Elliott said as of 8 p.m. Monday, 133,553 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered.

The latest update came a short time before the province released its grim COVID-19 projections.

Health officials said daily COVID-19 deaths could double from 50 to 100 between now and the end of February. The new U.K. variant of the virus could see cases spike to 12,000 a day. Over 2,600 more long-term care residents could also die by mid-February.


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