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Ontario/Canadian-Media: Another 3,270 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Ontario today resulting in the seven-day average of daily cases approaching 3,000 for the first time.
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Ontario's total in new Covid19 cases includes 917 in Toronto, 581 in Peel Region, 389 in York Region, 246 in Windsor-Essex, 131 in Ottawa, 126 in Waterloo Region, and 122 in Durham Region.
219 long-term care homes, more than one-third of Ontario's 626 facilities are currently facing outbreaks of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, as thousands of Ontario elementary and secondary school students are returning today to remote learning, the Official Opposition is calling for widespread testing in schools.
In an open letter to parents released on the weekend, Ontario's Education Minister Stephen Lecce said "schools are not a source of rising community transmission," according to medical experts. He said a province-wide lockdown imposed on Dec. 26 has helped to ensure that schools remain safe, CBC News reported.
Being unaware of how many students in publicly funded schools of Ontario are asymptomatic, the NDP's education critic Marit Stiles said in an interview with CBC Toronto that a "comprehensive testing strategy" is needed, CBC News reports said.