Ontario reports 3,443 new cases of COVID-19, 40 more deaths, 100,000+ vaccinated


TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 3,443 new cases of COVID-19 today and 40 more deaths related to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says more than 100,000 vaccines have been administered across the province.

She says there are 1,070 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Toronto, 548 in Peel Region, and 303 in York Region.

She also says there were 282 new cases in Windsor-Essex County and 179 in Ottawa.

There have been approximately 72,900 tests completed in Ontario over the past 24 hours.

Ontario has reported a total of 211,837 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, with 178,224 resolved and 4,922 deaths.

The numbers come ahead of a rare weekend news conference from the province’s education minister.

There’s no word yet on what Stephen Lecce plans to announce.

Earlier this week, however, the province announced that students in southern Ontario would not return to class on Monday as planned but would instead continue with remote learning until at least Jan. 25.

The decision was driven by soaring case numbers, which have remained well over 3,000 per day for weeks.

Lecce’s news conference is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.