Cases of COVID-19 in Peel Region are heading in the wrong direction.
Today (Feb. 5), 317 new cases are being reported in Peel, the second day in a row the numbers have jumped following a low of 199 new cases on Wednesday.
Across Ontario, 1,670 new cases were reported today and 45 people have died because of the virus.
Toronto continues to have the most new daily cases with 667. York Region has 125 new cases, 100 are reported in Halton Region and 45 in Hamilton.
While the number of new daily cases appears to have reached a plateau in Ontario, health officials warn that restraints on public activities should not be loosened.
The primary concern is the increase in the new variants that are showing up in the province. Currently, there are 156 cases of the U.K. strain and one of the South African variant. Health officials worry the variants could take over as they show a higher rate of transmission of the virus than what the public has been dealing with for almost a year.
Meanwhile, hospitalizations are slowly declining with 1,043 now receiving care. Of those in hospital, 325 people are in intensive care.