Prime Minister Trudeau announced changes to his cabinet following the announcement Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry will not run in next federal election to spend more time with his family.

The federal government purchased an additional 20 million doses of the Pfizer-Biotech vaccine.


Provincial health officials released new COVID-19 modelling data; New models show at 5% growth, Ontario could reach 20,000 cases per day in February ICU occupancy could reach 500 beds in mid-January and exceed 1,000 beds in February.

The Ontario government declared a second provincial emergency in response to a doubling in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks; Under the provincial emergency declaration, the province authorizes enforcement and provincial offences officers to issue tickets to individuals not complying with the stay-at-home-order, not wearing a mask or face covering indoors and retail operators and companies who do not enforce.

The province issued a stay-at-home order effective Thursday, January 14 at 12:01 a.m.; further additional public health measures were announced. Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are restricted to a limit of five people. Individuals and are required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses that are open; wearing a mask or face covering is recommended outdoors when physical distancing can’t be achieved. All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m.; restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants for takeout or delivery. Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction, with exemptions.

Students in York Region, Toronto, Hamilton, Peel and Windsor-Essex will continue remote learning until at least February 10, 202.

Over 5,0000 Ontarians have lost their lives since the COVID-19 pandemic began.


York Region COVID-19 incidence rate swells to second highest in province.

Dr. Kurji reported 7 confirmed cases of the U.K. variant strain in York Region 4 in the Township of King, 2 in the Town of Georgina and 1 in the City of Richmond Hill. A media release was issued regarding York Region’s COVID-19 enforcement activities between Monday, January 4 and Sunday, January 10, 2021: Inspections: 1,775 Education: 570 Charges: 27


Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at As of January 12, 2021 at 5 p.m. there are:

21,720 total confirmed cases 229 new cases* since yesterday 336.9 average daily cases over past 7 days 196.4 total cases per 100K population** (explanation below) 7 new hospitalizations 161 confirmed cases in hospital, 22 of which are in Intensive Care 393 cases among health care workers, of which 391 cases have resolved*5 new fatalities 399 total confirmed fatalities 18,868 resolved cases8.91% positivity rate** 87 open outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols 52 institutional (Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes/Community Care/Hospitals)4 Child Care Centre1 School; 6 Schools under surveillance 0 Emergency Housing 30 Workplaces 526 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 89.7 million total cases worldwide (566,186 new) with cases in 216 countries, area or territories; more than 1.9 million related fatalities reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) 668, 181 total cases (6,847 new); with 17,086 related fatalities in Canada (119 new); 568,573 resolved in Canada (as of January 11 at 7 p.m.)222,023 total cases (2,903 new); with 5,053 related fatalities; 186,829 resolved in Ontario


The four cases of the Variant strain in King Township include the initial case who had travelled to the U.K. and the three family members she had dinner with.