Ontario Reports 1,588 COVID-19 Cases and 21 Deaths, Breaking Previous Record | TBEN News

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Ontario reported 1,588 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, as well as 21 new deaths.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said another 1,363 cases are marked as resolved and nearly 46,700 tests have been performed.

Locally, there are 522 new cases in Peel Region, 450 in Toronto and 153 in York Region.

Saturday’s daily number of cases is the highest in the pandemic yet, ahead of 1,581 reported on November 14.

Lockdown begins Monday for Peel and Toronto

Premier Doug Ford at a press conference on Friday announced that the Toronto and Peel regions would go into lockdown on Monday. The lockdown will last for at least 28 days and Ford has said there is a need to limit the growing number of COVID-19 cases.

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The province also said it would fine people $ 750 for any violation of public health rules.

“Further measures are needed to avoid the worst case scenario,” Ford told reporters.

WATCH | Health Minister Christine Elliott explains what is open and closed amid the new restrictions:

Health Minister Christine Elliott explains what will be open and what will be closed in this video. 2:19

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Elsewhere in the province, the regions of Durham and Waterloo move to the Red Control Zones while Huron-Perth, Simcoe-Muskoka, Southwestern Ontario and Windsor move to the Orange Restriction Zone.

Lockdown measures for Toronto and Peel include:

  • No indoor gatherings with anyone outside a person’s home.
  • People who live alone may have close contact with another household.
  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.
  • Restaurants are limited to take out, drive-thru, and delivery only.
  • Religious services, funerals and weddings are limited to 10 people indoors or 10 people outdoors.
  • Gyms are closed.
  • Non-essential businesses and malls are limited to curbside pickup or delivery only.
  • Personal care services, casinos and bingo halls are closed.
  • Post-secondary institutions are moving to virtual education, with a few exceptions, such as clinical training.
  • Pharmacies, doctors and dentists’ offices, grocery stores, essential services remain open.
  • Schools will also remain open.
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