This is higher than the average of 1,794 cases seen over the past seven days. Ontario on Thursday recorded its highest number of new daily cases since January with 2,380 new infections.
Of the newly announced cases, 682 are in Toronto, 397 in Peel and 254 in York Region.
Ontario reports 2,169 cases of # COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE and over 53,400 tests completed. Locally, there are 682 new cases in Toronto, 397 in Peel, 254 in York Region, 129 in Ottawa, 123 in Durham and 122 in Hamilton.
– Christine Elliott (@celliottability) 26 mars 2021
12 new deaths were also reported on Friday, bringing the number of COVID-19-related deaths in Ontario to 7,292.
Health officials said Thursday that the Timiskaming health region in northern Ontario will move to red control level on Friday due to worrying infection trends.
The city of Toronto has also urged people aged 75 and over to book their vaccine appointments, saying 30,000 slots are yet to be filled next week.
Health officials announced last week that alfresco dining will now be allowed in the Gray Lockdown zones of Ontario’s reopening framework, which includes Toronto and Peel.
On March 8, stay-at-home orders were lifted in Toronto, Region of Peel and North Bay-Parry Sound at midnight, with all three regions as part of reopening Ontario’s gray zone. .
In the gray area, retail is allowed to reopen at 25% capacity, but indoor gatherings are not allowed.
To date, Ontario has recorded 338,239 cases of COVID-19.