Ontario reports record-high 1,588 new cases of COVID-19

The province breaks another single-day record for new infections two days before Toronto and Peel enter lockdown

Ontario reported a record-high 1,588 new cases of COVID-19 and 21 more deaths on November 21.

Previously, the highest single-day increase in new infections was 1,581 on November 14.

Today’s numbers come a day after Premier Doug Ford said Toronto and Peel will enter lockdown on Monday amid surging infection rates. The measures will last a minimum of 28 days.

Most new infections continue to be in the Greater Toronto Area.

“Locally, there are 522 new cases in Peel, 450 in Toronto and 153 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter. “There are 1,363 more resolved cases and nearly 46,700 tests completed.”

The province reported 1,418 new cases on Friday, 1,210 on Thursday and 1,417 on Wednesday.

Labs in the province completed 46,671 and another 43,047 specimens are waiting to be processed. The positivity rate is now 3.4 per cent.

Hospitalizations are down for the second consecutive day to 513, with 146 patients in intensive care and 87 on ventilators.

On Friday, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Eileen de Villa said the total number of cases in the city since pandemic started is now approaching 37,000.

Between October 1 and November 20, Toronto reported 16,630 cases, meaning 45 per cent of all cases in the city have occurred since the beginning of last month.

“We must act firmly to disrupt COVID-19 and its ability to threaten and harm us,” de Villa said. “We know we can turn these numbers around. We also know what happens when the virus spreads out of control. We’re seeing it now in the United States and in Europe. This is not what I want to see for Toronto.”

Ontario’s total cases passed the 100,000 mark on Friday.

To date, there have been 102,378 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario since the pandemic began. Of those, 86,079 are resolved and 3,472 people have died.

York Region will remain in the red zone of the province’s provincial COVID-19 warning framework.

Durham Region and Waterloo will also move into red on November 23, and Huron Perth, Simcoe-Muskoka, Southwestern, Windsor-Essex will move into orange.

Read the list of lockdown measures taking effect in Toronto and Peel on Monday here. Anyone caught breaking the public health rules will be fined $750.

New COVID-19 cases on November 21

The following regions reported five or more cases of COVID-19:

Peel Region = 522

Toronto = 450

York Region = 153

Durham Region = 56

Halton Region = 53

Windsor-Essex = 47

Hamilton = 47

Region of Waterloo = 42

Ottawa = 36

Niagara Region = 34

Simcoe Muskoka = 26

Middlesex-London = 26

Brant County = 23

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 19

Thunder Bay = 9

Huron Perth = 7

Peterborough = 6

Southwestern = 6

Haldimand-Norfolk = 6

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