The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada News Staff

The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):

11:15 a.m.

Quebec is reporting 1,685 new COVID-19 cases Saturday as daily counts continue to decline.

The province is also reporting 76 new deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a total of 9,437 since the onset of the pandemic.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped by 43, to 1,383.

11 a.m.

Ontario is reporting 2,359 new cases of COVID-19 today and 52 more deaths related to the virus.

The numbers mark a slight decline from the 2,662 cases recorded a day ago. 

Meanwhile the province says it plans to expand an inspection blitz of big-box stores to ensure they’re complying with protocols meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

The Ministry of Labour says inspection efforts focused on the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas last weekend, but will concentrate on Ottawa, Windsor, Niagara and Durham Regions over the next two days.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 23, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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