Ontario records 2,123 new COVID cases as province expected to make lockdown announcement

Ontario is reporting 2,123 new cases of COVID-19, a decrease from numbers released Sunday, but with a small increase in patients in intensive care in hospital and an additional 17 deaths recorded.

Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted the update Monday morning, as officials prepared to release new modelling numbers and as Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce a provice-wide lockdown over the holidays and into the New Year.

“Ontario is reporting 2,123 cases of #COVID19 and over 54,500 tests completed. Locally, there are 611 new cases in Toronto, 480 in Peel, 192 in York Region and 138 in Windsor-Essex County,” she said on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the federal government is suspending all flights from the United Kingdom for 72 hours after news of a more infectious strain of COVID-19 has emerged there.

According to the province, COVID cases are down from Sunday’s 2,316, but the number of COVID patients in intensive care is 265, up four from the day before, with 152 on ventilators, down four from Sunday.

The province’s seven-day average now stands at 2,276 cases.

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