Coronavirus: latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on November 20

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Here are the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Friday:

City of Toronto adds more public toilets in parks for winter season

The city of Toronto says it has more than doubled the number of toilets in winter parks due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for toilet access across the city.

The 79 additional toilets are in addition to the 64 that are typically available throughout the winter months, totaling 143 public toilets, the city said.

Officials said most of the city’s park restrooms are not winterized because they weren’t designed or built for winter use and most are closed on Thanksgiving weekend.

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City of Toronto adds more public toilets in parks for winter season

State of Business in the Greater Toronto Area

Ontario reported a total of 1,418 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday.

From these:

  • 393 were in Toronto
  • 400 were in Peel region
  • 168 were in York Region
  • 46 were in Durham region
  • 36 were in Halton region

Ontario Reports 1,418 COVID-19 Cases Friday, Surpassing 100,000 Total

Ontario reported 1,418 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday – as the province exceeds 100,000 cumulative cases since the start of the pandemic – bringing the provincial total to 100,790.

The death toll in the province rose to 3,451 as eight more deaths were reported.

Over 48,100 tests have been processed in the past 24 hours. The resolved cases increased by 1,415 from the previous day.

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Ontario surpasses 100,000 total coronavirus cases as province reports 1,418 new cases

COVID-19 pandemic health orders extended in Ontario until December 21

The Ontario government says it is extending current orders under the Ontario Reopening Act until December 21 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The government said the extensions allow it to deal with the urgent public health situation due to the virus and ensure that measures remain in place to protect the population.

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Coronavirus: Ontario government extends COVID-19 pandemic orders until December 21

Ontario Long-Term Care Homes

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, 2,123 deaths have been reported among residents and patients of long-term care homes across Ontario, representing an increase of eight deaths.

There are currently 102 outbreaks in homes, a decrease from one.

The ministry also said there are currently 558 active cases among long-term care residents and 507 active cases among staff – down from 61 cases and 22 cases respectively on the last day.

Ontario Child Care Centers and Schools

Meanwhile, government figures show there have been a total of 3,803 school-related COVID-19 cases in Ontario – 2,209 among students and 507 among staff (1,087 people have not identified). This is an increase of 87 more cases from the previous day.

COVID-19 cases currently affect 681 of the province’s 4,828 schools. Three schools in Ontario are currently closed due to positive cases, the government said.

There have been a total of 663 confirmed cases in daycares and homes – an increase of 14 (four child cases and 10 staff cases). Of 5,249 daycares in Ontario, 124 currently have cases and 16 centers are closed.

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