Jan 04, 2021

By Christine Ross

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Three new cases of the new COVID variant have been detected in Ontario, bringing the total to six.

Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe says all three new cases in the Greater Toronto Area are from travel outside the country or close contact with someone who traveled outside Canada.

“The first case is a resident of York Region with recent travel to the United Kingdom, the second case is a resident of Peel Region with no personal travel history but a close contact of a confirmed case with a travel history to Dubai, the third case is a resident of the city of Toronto with recent travel to the United Kingdom,” Dr. Yaffe told reporters at a COVID briefing.

Meantime, with a record 219 active outbreaks in nursing homes, Dr. Yaffe, who sits on the long term care incident management table defends the Ford government’s actions despite growing criticism.

“These are ongoing efforts and certainly issues are still there and we do need to keep working on it and the Ministry of Long Term Care is working very hard to increase supports to that sector but we’re dealing with a pandemic where we have a lot of transmission in the community.”

Despite this endorsement, a petition by CARP to have the Minister of Long Term care fired is gaining support, it’s up to 4,600. To sign it, visit  CARP

Dr. Yaffe adds that staffing levels have returned to normal at Scarborough’s Tendercare Nursing Home where over 60 residents have died.

Over 3,000 residents in Ontario long term care homes have died from the virus.

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