Health Canada authorized the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine; 168,000 doses are expected to arrive in Canada before the end of December

The federal government announced Canada is extending the ban of U.K. flights for another two weeks

Prime Minister Trudeau announced the appointment of Vice-Admiral Art McDonald as new Chief of the Defence Staff; Vice-Admiral McDonald will oversee the Canadian Armed Forces’ contributions to the national COVID-19 response.

Santa Claus is cleared for arrival in Canada.

Through funding provided by the federal government, Canadian Red Cross teams are providing short-term support to an additional 20 long-term care and retirement homes in Ontario.


Premier Ford issued a statement following Health Canada’s approval of the Moderna vaccine; approximately 53,000 doses of the vaccine have been allocated for Ontario in December 2020.

The provincial government will not update the daily COVID-19 cases in Ontario on Friday, December 25, Monday, December 28 and Friday, January 1; data for those dates will be posted the following day.

The Ontario government is providing nearly $41 million to help 486 non-profits rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s new Resilient Communities Fund. In a statement on the Christmas holiday, Premier Ford reiterated the importance of celebrating in person with your immediate household members and virtually with others.


Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at As of December 23, 2020 at 5 p.m. there are:

15,646 total confirmed cases 278 new cases* since yesterday 244.0 average daily cases over past 7 days 142.3 total cases per 100K population** (explanation below) 10 new hospitalizations 111 confirmed cases in hospital, 22 of which are in Intensive Care 393 cases among health care workers, of which 391 cases have resolved*1 new fatality 338 total confirmed fatalities 13,799 resolved cases6.09% positivity rate** 75 open outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols 27 institutional (Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes/Community Care/Hospitals)2 Child Care Centre10 Schools; 67 Schools under surveillance 0 Emergency Housing36 Workplaces 441 closed outbreaks

*Data quality is an on-going process and may result in the more/less cases reported on a day-over-day basis or other changes to how cases are classified (e.g., municipality, acquisition, etc.). These data quality activities have also resulted in the re-categorization of individuals. Data quality activities do not increase or decrease total case counts.

**The daily COVID-19 Council Update includes the 7-day average daily case numbers, cases per 100K population, new hospitalizations and positivity rate (positivity rate refers to the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests among all individuals being tested for COVID-19).


As of this morning, there are:

More than 76.8 million total cases worldwide (570,357 new) with cases in 216 countries, area or territories; more than 1.7 million related fatalities reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) 521,509 total cases (6,195 new); with 14,425 related fatalities in Canada (93 new); 431,561 resolved in Canada (as of December 22 at 7 p.m.) 161,663 total cases (2,408 new); with 4,229 related fatalities; 139,010 resolved in Ontario


6 new cases reported today.