York Region added to list of "hotspot" COVID-19 areas

York Region pushed back to phase two lockdown

Manitoba reported 85 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, for a total of 3,258, with 1,572 considered recovered and 38 deaths.

Ten more deaths were reported.

However, 682 cases have been resolved, bringing the total of resolved cases to 54,686.

The government said there are more than 2,750 case and contact management staff active across all public health units, tracing and managing COVID-19 cases-up from approximately 1,500 staff in the spring.

There are now 278 people in hospital, 72 of which are in the ICU with 42 on a ventilator.

Ontario's number of new COVID-19 cases continues to climb a week after the Thanksgiving long weekend - Ottawa, however, is seeing a bit of a dip.

"We know that we are asking very real sacrifices of Ontarians", said Health Minister Christine Elliot.

According to the Ontario government, there are no new deaths in the city, keeping the death toll at 301.

The province says that's because of an error that's now been fixed.

On Friday, Premier Doug Ford ordered the York Region to revert to modified Stage 2 restrictions for 28 days.

Those restrictions include closing gyms, ending indoor dining, and closing casinos and cinemas.

Of the newly announced cases, 374 were in Toronto, 107 were in Peel, and 93 were in York Region.

Halton Region, which has also seen an uptick in cases recently, could be next.

On Thursday, Nova Scotia became the latest province to join the COVID Alert app, leaving Alberta and British Columbia as the only provinces that aren't allowing residents to report a positive test through the app.

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