Coronavirus: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on Dec. 20

Here are the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Sunday:

Ontario planning to implement provincewide lockdown, including school closures: sources

Global News has learned the Ontario government is currently planning to implement a provincewide lockdown beginning Christmas Eve.

The announcement is expected to come Monday afternoon at Queen’s Park from Premier Doug Ford.

According to sources briefed on the plans, as of Sunday afternoon, the government was expecting to implement a 28-day lockdown for most of the province, while the north would be subject to a two-week lockdown.

As part of the plans, elementary-age school children would not return to classes as scheduled after the holidays but would spend the first week of school in the new year at home doing virtual learning.

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In-class learning in high schools would remain closed for the entire 28-day period, though virtual learning would occur. It is unclear if the closure of in-class learning at high schools would be in place for 28 days for the entire province.

Read more: Ontario planning to implement provincewide lockdown, including school closures: sources

Status of cases in the GTA

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Ontario reported a total of 2,316 new cases on Sunday:

Of those:

  • 486 were in Toronto
  • 468 were in Peel Region
  • 326 were in York Region
  • 82 were in Durham Region
  • 97 were in Halton Region
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Ontario reports more than 2,000 new cases for 6th straight day

Ontario reported 2,316 new cases of the novel coronavirus Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 155,930.

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Twenty-five new deaths were also reported, bringing the provincial death toll to 4,150.

Sunday’s report marks the sixth day in a row that Ontario has reported more than 2,000 new cases.

Read more: Ontario reports 2,316 new coronavirus cases, 25 deaths

Ministry of Long-Term Care reports 21 more deaths

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 2,502 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is an increase of 21.

There are currently 154 outbreaks in long-term care homes.

— With files from David Akin and Travis Dhanraj

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