A series of education and enforcement campaigns will be launched to make sure Ontario businesses are taking the necessary steps to guard against the spread of COVID-19.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said the numbers remain "very concerning" as Ford's cabinet meets to discuss new public health measures being recommended by chief medical officer Dr. David Williams.
The education minister had said a day earlier that the government was considering a prolonged break or starting the new year with a stretch of online learning.
48,173 tests have been completed - of those tests, 3.6 per cent have tested positive for the virus.
Dr. Dirk Huyer, coordinator of the Provincial Outbreak Response, said the province has confirmed 196 outbreaks over the past week, including 26 reported Thursday.More news: South Dakota's Noem defends forgoing masks as virus surges
The government says a campaign is now underway in Waterloo Region, and more are in the works for seven communities, including Eastern Ontario, York Region, Ottawa, and Toronto.
Premier Doug Ford announced the inspection blitzes in areas across the province to ensure businesses are taking step to keep employees, consumers and the public safe.
To date the province has confirmed 99,372 COVID-19 cases and reported 83,301 recoveries and 3,443 deaths.
Manitoba, which has the highest per capita infection rate in Canada, announced it's tightening the rules for social gatherings and shopping.
There were also 77 new cases recorded in Ottawa, 46 in Durham Region, 45 in Windsor-Essex, 37 in Middlesex-London, 36 in both Hamilton and Halton Region, and 33 in Simcoe Muskoka.More news: Trump to address APEC summit as he contends election loss at home
Ontario's seven-day average for number of cases reported is now 1,372, up from 1,355 one week ago.
US drugmaker Pfizer Inc. said a final analysis of clinical-trial data showed its COVID-19 vaccine was 95 per cent effective, paving the way for the company to apply for the first USA regulatory authorization for a coronavirus shot within days. "It is by limiting our contacts that we will be able to decrease the number of cases and thus avoid deaths".
There were 62 people hospitalized with the coronavirus since yesterday's report.
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