Here are the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Friday:
Toronto Small Business Owners Protest Ontario’s COVID-19 Restrictions in Lockdown Zones
Broadview-Danforth BIA small business owners took action Friday afternoon to protest restrictions on their businesses during the lockdown in Toronto.
“On Friday at noon, members of the Broadview Danforth BIA will stand outside their stores, restaurants, lounges and studios for 30 minutes with signs in an attempt to draw attention to the ongoing struggles facing small businesses. in the midst of a second lockdown, ”the Broadview-Danforth BIA said in a press release.
“This Saturday would have traditionally been the busiest shopping day of the year,” said BIA President Albert Stortchak. “As big box stores continue to operate during the pandemic, it is the small business owner who once again suffers from having to shut down at what would normally be his most profitable time of year.
State of Business in the Greater Toronto Area
Ontario reported a total of 1,848 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday.
- 469 were in Toronto
- 386 were in Peel region
- 205 were in York Region
- 91 were in Durham region
- 57 were in Halton region
Ontario Reports 1,848 New COVID-19 Cases, Record Number of Tests, Wave 2 Deaths
Ontario reported 1,848 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 136,631.
The death toll in the province rose to 3,916, with 45 more deaths reported – the largest increase in second wave deaths.
The government said 63,051 tests were processed in the past 24 hours, setting the record for single-day tests.
Ontario Reports 1,848 New Coronavirus Cases, 45 Deaths
Ontario Long-Term Care Homes
According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, 2,366 deaths have been reported among residents and patients of long-term care homes across Ontario, representing an increase of eight deaths.
There are currently 131 outbreaks in homes, an increase of 13 from the previous day.
The ministry also said there are currently 604 active cases among long-term care residents and 632 active cases among staff – down 19 cases and up 15 cases, respectively, on the last day.
Ontario Child Care Centers and Schools
Meanwhile, government figures show there have been a total of 6,217 school-related COVID-19 cases in Ontario – 4,212 among students and 915 among staff (1,090 people have not identified). This is an increase of 151 more cases over a 24 hour period.
COVID-19 cases currently affect 878 of the province’s 4,828 schools. Eleven schools in Ontario are currently closed due to positive cases, the government said.
There have been a total of 1,044 confirmed cases in daycares and homes – an increase of 27 (13 child cases and 14 staff cases). Of 5,246 daycares in Ontario, 211 currently have cases and 39 centers are closed.
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