The COVID-19 virus continues to affect Ontarians with 2,408 new cases reported on Dec. 23, up from the 2,202 confirmed on Dec. 22. It is numbers similar to those that prompted the Ford government to announce a province-wide lockdown on Dec. 26.
The lockdown will be in effect for at least 28 days in southern parts of the province and 14 days in northern regions.
The good news is the Ontario government expects to receive approximately 53,000 doses of the newly approved Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by the end of Dec.
The first doses of the vaccine will be sent to long-term care homes, followed by other priority groups, including Indigenous communities and residents of retirement homes.
Premier Ford said, “As we await the arrival of more vaccines, I continue to ask all Ontarians to remain vigilant and keep following the public health measures.”
COVID-19 immunizations may not be available to the general public before April 2021.
Sources: CBC News, CP24.com, The Canadian Press