January 4, 2021 – Ontario Reports 3,270 New COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Toronto

Thunder Bay – NEWS – Ontario had 3,270 new cases of COVID-19 which were reported this morning, Monday January 4, 2021. This is up from the 2,964 cases reported on Sunday, January 3, 2021.

The province says the bulk of the new COVID-19 cases are in Toronto, where there were 917 new cases. This was followed by Peel Region with 581 cases, York Region with 389 cases, Windsor-Essex County with 246, and Ottawa, where there were 131 cases.

By contrast there were six cases in Thunder Bay.

Ontario reports that there were 39,100 tests for COVID-19 which were completed on Sunday,

Ontario reported a record daily high of 3,363 virus cases on Saturday, but on Sunday that number was down just under 3000.

Toronto Mayor John Tory and public health official in the city are doing at media conference at 2:00 PM this afternoon.

It is expected that greater restrictions will be brought into play in Toronto.

Ontario NDP Call for Recall of Legislature

“Long-term care homes are in a humanitarian crisis. Seniors are being forced to cry out to beg for food and water, while they’re left vulnerable to deadly infection. The province is lagging far behind the country on vaccinations, and doesn’t appear to have a plan to ramp up. And COVID-19 is spreading faster than ever,” said Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath. “The vacations need to stop. All MPPs need to return to the legislature. We are facing a longer, deeper lockdown because Doug Ford keeps choosing to do too little too late. Let’s stop him from continuing to make that choice.”

Horwath said there are concrete actions the legislature can take to stop the spread and save lives, as well as helping people and small businesses weather the current lockdown.

She called for the legislature to work together to move out billions in unspent COVID-19 funds to shore up hospitals and long-term care homes. She said the military needs to be recalled to long-term care homes in crisis, and federal funding for Red Cross deployments needs to be used instead of sitting in a bank account. Horwath said the MPPs can pass laws to give people paid sick days, and give small businesses more financial support. And she said the legislature needs to work to put a more robust plan in place for the vaccine roll-out.

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