Ontario reports 2,432 new COVID-19 cases today, and 23 new deaths from the virus

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TORONTO — Ontario is reporting a single-day record of 2,432 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 23 new deaths due to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 737 new cases in Toronto, 434 in Peel Region, 209 in York Region, 190 in Windsor-Essex, and 142 in Hamilton.

The province says it has conducted 58,178 tests since the last daily report.

In total, 919 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 263 in intensive care.

The province also says 172 people are on ventilators in hospital.

The latest figures bring the total of COVID-19 cases in Ontario to 148,967, with 4,058 deaths, and 127,425 cases resolved.

Meanwhile, Ontario’s hospitals are calling for new and stricter lockdowns in hard-hit regions to halt the rapid spread of COVID-19.

The Ontario Hospital Association’s board of directors is making the request to the province after holding an emergency meeting to discuss hospital capacity issues amid surging infections.

It is asking the government to implement a four-week lockdown in every public health unit with an infection rate of 40/100,000 population or higher.

It says the move is necessary to protect people and ensure that hospitals do not face a surge in COVID-19 patients in January.

The association says the province’s lockdown restrictions should also be “rapidly” reassessed by independent experts to determine if additional measures are required.

It says the government should also offer paid sick leave and isolation accommodation to help those who cannot afford to take time off work if they contract the virus.

 

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