COVID-19 variant confirmed in Toronto’s homeless shelter system

Thursday, 18 Feb, 2021

We also have 6 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 variant that originated in South Africa and 1 that originated from Brazil.

Toronto's mayor, top doctor and emergency management boss announced they want the metropolis to remain under Ontario's toughest restrictions until at least March 9, two weeks longer than planned.

"Just keep in mind, when it comes to Peel, Toronto and York, it's going to be up to the chief medical officer and the local medical officers if they want to open up and go into the grey-lockdown scenario on February 22".

Newfoundland and Labrador now has 297 active cases of COVID-19.

"What matters now is how we respond to this trend", says Tedros Adhanom. Villa has said that with the promise of vaccines on the horizon, it's important to ensure this lockdown be Toronto's last.

Fears are mounting that Canada could see a third wave of COVID-19 infections in the coming weeks, as variants of the novel coronavirus spread even to remote regions of the country.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says that 257 of those new cases are in Toronto.

The city's medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa confirmed Wednesday there is now more than one COVID-19 case involving a variant in a city shelter, though she did not provide specifics about which shelter, or which variant of concern.

Quebec added 14 more deaths from past dates, but no new ones, in its update.

The province is also reporting 964 cases from Monday that were not reported earlier due to the Family Day holiday.

"I don't think I can be any more concerned", Miller said.

Per the government's report on Ontario's vaccination program, 467,626 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario.

He said the Prairie provinces, in particular, have had "really scary spikes". "We are taking this very cautiously, very slowly".

The City of Ottawa says it needs more vaccines before it can start inoculating seniors 80 and older en masse.

According to the latest provincial numbers, Ontario has confirmed 309 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first detected in the United Kingdom and nine cases of the B 1.351 variant first detected in South Africa.

Ontario has said it will consult with all of the medical officers of health in each region before deciding where a community will placed in the tiered framework.