Ontario reports 33 new COVID-19 deaths, daily cases top 1,200 Patricia D’Cunha

Ontario reported 1,265 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, a drop from 1,489 cases the day before.

Another 33 people have died, bringing the total number of deaths due to the virus to 6,538.

Of the 33 new deaths, eight of them were residents in long-term care (LTC). A majority of the deaths — 3,740 — have been LTC residents.

Most of the new infections are in Toronto (421), followed by Peel Region (256), and York Region (130).

Health officials said 28,303 tests were completed on Sunday, and 386,171 doses of the vaccine have been administered overall.

According to provincial data, 901 people are being treated in hospital with 335 in intensive care and 226 of those patients are on a ventilator.

Toronto Public Health confirmed Sunday the first cases of the Brazilian and South African variant of the COVID-19 virus in the city. It also marked the first confirmed case of the Brazilian variant in Ontario.

As of Monday’s update, there are 219 confirmed cases of the U.K. variant, and one of the variant from South Africa, not including Toronto’s new case.

RELATED: Ford set to announce plans for gradually reopening Ontario

The latest provincial update comes as Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce plans to reopen the province’s economy.

According to government sources, Ford will announce that the state of emergency declared last month will be allowed to expire as scheduled on Tuesday.

However, the current stay-at-home order will remain in place until each region gradually transitions back to the government’s colour-coded restrictions system over the next three weeks.

On the education front, schools in 13 public health units that include Hamilton and Windsor reopened to in-person learning on Monday. Schools in Toronto, Peel and York Region will remain closed until Feb. 16.

With files from the Canadian Press

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