Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex to remain in Stage 2 of Ontario’s COVID-19 recovery plan

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Public health units in Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex will not enter the third stage of the province’s COVID-19 recovery plan this week, sources told CBC News on Monday.The other seven public health units still in phase 2 are expected to get the green light from Premier Doug Ford later today to move on to the next stage of reopening.

The news means that by the end of the week, 31 of Ontario’s 34 public health units will have moved to Stage 3, which allows for activities such as indoor dining at restaurants, live entertainment arts and the reopening of cinemas and playgrounds.

Last Friday, 24 health units entered phase 3.

Toronto, Peel and Windsor Essex account for 78 of the 135 new cases of COVID-19 reported this morning by the Department of Health. 20 others have been confirmed in Ottawa.

The new cases mark a 0.4% increase in the total number of infections of the novel coronavirus in Ontario, slightly above what has been typical in recent weeks. They arrive after two days with over 160 new cases each over the weekend.

Ontario has now recorded a total of 37,739 cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began in late January. Of these, about 88.8% are considered resolved. Another 106 were marked resolved today.

Twenty-eight of the province’s 34 public health units reported five or fewer cases in the latest update, Health Minister Christine Elliott noted in a series of tweets. Of those 28, 18 did not confirm any additional cases.

There are now approximately 1,474 active cases of COVID-19 across the province, according to the most recent figures from the Ministry of Health.

Ford is scheduled to hold its daily COVID-19 briefing starting at 1:00 p.m. ET in Queen’s Park. Ford’s office says he will be joined by Elliott and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance. You can watch the briefing live in this story.

The Ontario laboratory network has processed about 21,000 tests for the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, according to the Minister of Health. (Evan Mitsui / CBC)

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