Coronavirus: latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on December 2

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

Retailers call on Ontario government to lift COVID-19 restrictions in Toronto, Peel Region

A coalition of about 50 retailers is calling on the Ontario government to lift COVID-19 restrictions on non-essential stores it says are making matters worse.

In an open letter to Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott, retailers say shutting down Toronto and the region of Peel to limit the spread of the virus has not reduced the number of buyers .

Retailers say the current policy is pushing more consumers into big box and discount stores that remain open after being deemed essential, while thousands of small independent and local stores are closed despite selling many of the same products.

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Retailers call on Ontario government to lift COVID-19 restrictions in Toronto, Peel Region

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State of Business in the Greater Toronto Area

Ontario reported a total of 1,723 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday.

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From these:

  • 410 were in Toronto
  • 500 were in Peel region
  • 196 were in York Region
  • 124 were in Durham region
  • 45 were in Halton region

Ontario Reports 1,723 New COVID-19 Cases, 35 Deaths

Ontario reported 1,723 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 119,922.

The death toll in the province rose to 3,698, with 35 more deaths reported.

The government said 44,226 tests were processed in the past 24 hours. The resolved cases increased by 1,686 from the previous day.

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Ontario Reports More Than 1,700 New Coronavirus Cases, 35 Deaths

Ontario Long-Term Care Homes

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, 2,239 deaths have been reported among residents and patients of long-term care homes across Ontario, representing an increase of 11 deaths.

There are currently 111 outbreaks in homes, an increase of two from the previous day.

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The ministry also said there are currently 664 active cases among long-term care residents and 517 active cases among staff – down from 79 cases and up to eight cases respectively in the last day.

Ontario Child Care Centers and Schools

Meanwhile, government figures show there have been a total of 5,024 school-related COVID-19 cases in Ontario – 3,234 among students and 702 among staff (1,088 people have not identified). This is an increase of 166 more cases over a 24 hour period.

COVID-19 cases currently affect 742 of the province’s 4,828 schools.

Six schools in Ontario are currently closed due to positive cases, the government said.

There have been a total of 834 confirmed cases in daycares and homes – an increase of 28 (12 child cases and 16 staff cases). Of 5,249 child care centers in Ontario, 151 currently have cases and 18 centers are closed.

– With files from the Canadian Press.

NOTE: This story will be updated throughout the day.

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