The Canadian Press
TORONTO – Ontario is reporting 1,478 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 21 more deaths related to the virus.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says 572 of those cases are in Peel Region, and 356 are in Toronto.
Both regions are currently in the “lockdown” stage of the province’s pandemic plan.
Today’s numbers show that 556 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, an increase of 33 since yesterday.
The numbers come hours before the province is set to release new COVID-19 projections.
It will be the first time they have released such data since sending Toronto and Peel Region into lockdown earlier this week.
Two weeks ago, the province unveiled modelling that showed Ontario could see as many as 6,500 new daily cases of COVID-19 by mid-December unless steps are taken to limit the spread of the virus.
It said the province would reach 2,500 new daily cases by that time if the growth rate was at three per cent, or 6,500 if the growth rate was at five per cent.
At the time, Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, one of the experts behind the projections, said a five per cent growth rate was “slightly optimistic.”
Premier Doug Ford announced he would lower thresholds for imposing stricter COVID-19 measures under the province’s colour-coded restrictions system the following day.