783 new COVID cases reported in Ontario today

FILE- Canada Goose is the only visitor outside at a Covid-19 testing centre in Toronto on Monday

"I have directed that over 26,000 staff in the Ontario Public Service have the app downloaded to their government phones because as government employees, we work for you", Ford said "This is a small but important way we can lead by example".

"I'm encouraging people to order takeout, but we've got to be fair (to the restaurants)", he said.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who appears poised to potentially roll the Halton and York regions back to a modified Stage 2 in the wake of increasing COVID-19 cases, will appear in Mississauga for his daily announcement.

The announcement comes as no surprise to York Region medical officer of health Dr. Karim Kurji, who said yesterday that with the most recent escalation in COVID-19 cases in York Region - it saw the highest daily number of cases since the pandemic began with 128 cases confirmed October 14 - the region had moved from "orange zone" to "red zone".

The premier is expected to make an announcement Friday afternoon in Mississauga alongside Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli.

A unknown number of Canadians using the federal government's COVID Alert exposure notification app have been fooled by their iPhone's software into believing they've been exposed to COVID-19.

Even though overwhelmed Toronto Public Health officials suspended contact tracing of COVID-19 cases earlier this month, outside of outbreaks in congregate settings, medical experts continue to state it is a crucial weapon in the fight against the coronavirus.

Seventy-two per cent of the cases are in Toronto, Ottawa, Peel and York Region.

No new cases of COVID-19 were recorded by Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health.

According to the epidemiological summary today, another 24 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 and six COVID patients have been admitted to intensive care units.

Statistics showed 253 people were hospitalized, 62 were placed in ICU and another 31 people were on a ventilator.

The Ontario government further recorded 53,291 cases were so far resolved. There is one known active case.



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