Coronavirus: latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on November 21

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

Government measures “too late and insufficient”, according to the RNAO

The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) thanked the provincial government for announcing lockdowns for Toronto and Peel Region, but said they were “too late and insufficient”.

In a statement issued on Friday evening, the RNAO said the measures should be more aggressive, targeted and extended to other regions.

The RNAO said it was concerned the measures were not enough to prevent a third lockdown.

“Learning from jurisdictions that have done so successfully, a COVID-Zero strategy involves a short period of strict lockdown, with travel bans, very limited contact between people, staying at home for those who can (except for essential purposes), accompanied by comprehensive testing – including rapid screening – of key segments of the population and the isolation of those who test positive, ”the statement said.

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“Once the lockdown achieves its goal of drastically reducing community transmission, we can proactively use testing to control cases and outbreaks.”

North York McDonald’s temporarily closes after worker tests positive

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An employee of a McDonald’s in North York tested positive for coronavirus, which prompted the restaurant to temporarily close.

In a statement, McDonald’s said their Keele Street and Ingram Drive location closed on Friday after an employee informed them they had tested positive.

“As a precaution, the decision was taken to immediately close the restaurant for cleaning and in-depth disinfection by a certified third party,” the statement said.

“The restaurant has since reopened and has resumed normal opening hours.”

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Employee last worked November 17-18 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

All those who have been identified as close contacts have been asked to self-quarantine, the statement said.

State of Business in the Greater Toronto Area

Ontario reported a total of 1,588 new coronavirus cases on Saturday.

From these:

  • 450 were in Toronto
  • 522 were in Peel region
  • 153 were in York Region
  • 56 were in Durham region
  • 53 were in Halton region

Ontario Reports Record Number of Cases

Ontario reported 1,588 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 102,378.

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This is the largest increase in the number of single-day cases to date, rising to 1,581 on November 14.

Twenty-one deaths were also announced on Saturday, bringing the provincial death toll to 3,472.

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Ontario Reports Nearly 1,600 New Coronavirus Cases, 21 More Deaths

Ministry of Long-Term Care reports 14 more deaths

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, 2,137 deaths have been reported among residents and patients of long-term care homes in Ontario, an increase of 14.

There are currently 99 outbreaks in long-term care homes, down from three.

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