Ontario reports 1,707 new COVID cases with 727 in Toronto

The City of Toronto reported 727 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday out of a provincial total of 1,707 more cases.

Across the GTA, Peel Region saw an additional 373 cases, York Region 168 cases, Durham 72 cases and Halton 47 cases.

Hamilton confirmed 58 new cases.

Seven more deaths were blamed on COVID-19, bringing the number of lives lost to 3,663.

Hospitalizations continued to reflect the impact of the second wave of the pandemic, with 618 people in hospital, 168 in intensive care and 108 on life-saving ventilators.

NDP MPP John Vanthof said 112 more seniors in long-term care (LTC) facilities tested positive Monday for COVID-19 yet the government has yet to implement its own commission’s recommendation of full-time staffing positions and mandatory four hours of hands-on care daily per resident.

“Seniors are dying today,” Vanthof said. “Where’s this government’s sense of urgency?”

Long-term care Minister Merrilee Fullerton said the government is determined to address the crisis in the LTC sector, which she blamed on the previous Liberal government.

“This was unfortunately set in motion well before COVID,” Fullerton said. “Our government was the first government to look at long-term care and say we need to build capacity, we need to address the staffing and we need to provide more support in the home.”

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