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20 COVID-19 cases, no new deaths reported Monday in London-region

The Middlesex-London Health Unit reports no new deaths for the third day in a row, as Ontario announces the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

The stay-at-home order will lift in 3 other regions Wednesday

People walk down the street in London, Ont., in January. (Colin Butler/CBC)

Recent developments: 

  • Premier Doug Ford is gradually lifting stay-at-home orders across Ontario
  • Schools in public health regions of Huron-Perth, Chatham-Kent, Windsor-Essex and Sarnia-Lambton have reopened
  • The first cases of COVID-19 variants discovered in Brazil and South Africa have been detected in Toronto

What's the latest for the London region?

There are 20 more cases of COVID-19 in Middlesex-London, according to recent data from public health. There are also no new deaths reported Monday. 

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) has not reported a death since Friday, when they said a man in his 30s died after contracting the virus. 

The region's death toll remains at 177, while the total number of cases is now 5,896. 

According to the health unit's data, 3,909 people have recovered from COVID-19. 

Vaccinations

The vaccination clinic at the Western Fair Agriplex reopened Monday, and Dr. Chris Mackie, the region's medical officer of health, said retrofitting is underway to open another site at the Stathroy-Caradoc Community Centre in Mount Brydges,

"There's establishment of storage space, security measures, refrigeration installation. We have an ultra cold freezer that's available for that site," he explained. The preparation also includes setting up a back up source of power. 

"We really can't risk the fridges and freezers to go offline for any period of time," he said. 

Mackie also noted a "flood" of calls from people trying to set up vaccine appointments. 

"I think it's important to clarify, we're still at a place where we don't have vaccine available to the general public," he added. He didn't say when the site was expected to open. 

What's going on in the surrounding regions? 

Southwestern Public Health, which covers St. Thomas and Elgin and Oxford counties, reported six new cases of COVID-19 Monday and one new death. 

A total of 63 people in the region have now died from the virus, while 134 cases are considered to be active. 

In Huron and Perth counties, there were 78 active cases of the virus according to the local health unit. That's two less cases than the previous data, reported Saturday. 

Huron Perth Public Health has reported a total of 1,267 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began and 46 deaths. 

In Oneida Nation of the Thames, southwest of London, there are two active cases of COVID-19. The community's administration said in an update that 92 cases of the virus have now been resolved. 

Ontario, meanwhile, reported 1,265 new cases of COVID-19 Monday and 33 more deaths.

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