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Halton, Durham regions not moving into modified Stage 2 as of now

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TORONTO — Ontario will not impose stricter COVID-19 restrictions on two Toronto-area regions as of now.

Premier Doug Ford said Friday that the experts would look at the caseload in Halton and Durham regions over the weekend to determine whether they need to roll back to a modified Stage 2 of the province’s pandemic recovery plan.

However, Ford’s press secretary Ivana Yelich said Monday that there “is no announcement today on other regions moving into modified Stage 2.”

“We are constantly assessing the situation and will make an announcement if and when regions need to be moved into modified Stage 2,” Yelich added.

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Ottawa, Toronto, Peel and York regions have all seen restrictions reimposed over the last several weeks as cases of the novel coronavirus soar within their borders.

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But politicians in Halton urged the province not to lump them in with neighbouring Peel Region, saying there aren’t as many COVID-19 cases in the area as elsewhere in the province.

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Halton Public Health recorded 27 new confirmed cases on Monday, while Durham recorded 23 cases.

Peel Region, which has a population roughly twice as large as Durham’s and 2.5 times bigger than Halton’s, recorded 215 new cases on Monday.

The province broke its record for the most daily COVID-19 cases both days this weekend, recording 978 cases on Saturday and 1,042 on Sunday.

— With files from Ryan Rocca