The Greater Toronto Area remains a provincial hot spot with 618 new cases in Toronto reported on Monday: 368 in Peel, 277 in York and 104 in Durham region.
Ottawa Public Health reports local data around 12:30 p.m. each day.
There are also concerning trends in surrounding regions, with 37 new cases in Eastern Ontario, which has also confirmed its first case of the B.1351 variant. There were 18 new cases in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, seven Hastings, six in Kingston and five in Renfrew County.
Officials have so far confirmed 23 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant in Ottawa and five cases of B.1.351, according to theprovincial database.
Quebec’s largest school service centre has withdrawn all procedural masks from its schools containing a potentially toxic material called nanoform graphene, in response to a request from the Quebec government.
The Centre de services scolaire de Montréal (CSSDM) made the announcement Sunday, while noting that “the vast majority of the masks used by the CSSDM were not targeted by this recall.”
The term “nanoform graphene” refers to the carbon coating on the masks.
Quebec’s request followed a recommendation from Health Canada, which stated that it must further study the health risks of the masks in question, made by Quebec manufacturer Métallifer, with the number SNN200642.
The Quebec government has distributed 4.6 million of the SNN200642 masks, out of the 116 million provided to schools since January.
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