Coronavirus: latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on December 17

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

City of Toronto Cancels Summer Camps and Winter Programs Due to COVID-19

The city of Toronto has said all CampTO vacation programs planned for the remainder of 2020 will be canceled, along with winter instructional programs such as Learn to Skate and Ski Instructional to prevent the spread of the virus.

Officials said summer camps were to be held at 30 sites from next week, of which 706 were registered. Learn to Skate had nearly 441 registrations and 4,919 places for educational skiing.

The City said refunds would be made.

State of Business in the Greater Toronto Area

Ontario reported a total of 2,432 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday.

From these:

  • 777 were in Toronto
  • 434 were in Peel region
  • 209 were in York Region
  • 73 were in Durham region
  • 104 were in Halton region

Ontario Reports More than 2,400 New Coronavirus Cases Setting Another One-Day Record

Ontario reported 2,432 new coronavirus cases on Thursday – marking a new one-day high so far for the second time this week – bringing the provincial total to 148,967.

The death toll in the province rose to 4,058, with 23 more deaths reported.

The resolved cases increased by 2,009 from the previous day. The government said 58,178 tests were processed in the past 24 hours.

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Ontario Reports More than 2,400 New Coronavirus Cases Setting Another One-Day Record

Ontario hospitals call for 4-week lockdown in hard-hit areas to slow the spread of COVID-19

The Ontario Hospital Association’s board of directors is asking the province to do so after holding an emergency meeting to discuss hospital capacity issues in the face of the spike in infections.

He asks the government to put in place a four-week lockdown in every public health unit with an infection rate of 40/100 000 inhabitants or more.

He says the move is necessary to protect people and ensure hospitals do not face an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients in January.

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Ontario hospitals call for 4-week lockdown in hard-hit areas to slow the spread of COVID-19

Ontario Long-Term Care Homes

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, 2,446 deaths have been reported among residents and patients of long-term care homes across Ontario, representing an increase of four deaths.

There are currently 140 outbreaks in homes, an increase of five from the previous day.

The ministry also said there are currently 819 active cases among long-term care residents and 827 active cases among staff – up from 91 cases and 39 cases, respectively, as of the last day.

Ontario Child Care Centers and Schools

Meanwhile, government figures show there have been a total of 7,016 school-related COVID-19 cases in Ontario – 4,884 among students and 1,037 among staff (1,095 people don’t have not been identified). This is an increase of 170 additional cases over a 24 hour period.

COVID-19 cases currently affect 955 of the 4,828 schools in the province. Twenty-two schools in Ontario are currently closed, the government said.

There have been a total of 1,188 confirmed cases in daycares and homes, an increase of 29 (12 child cases and 17 staff cases). Of 5,251 child care centers in Ontario, 237 currently have cases and 53 centers are closed.

NOTE: This story will be updated throughout the day.

– With files from the Canadian Press.

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