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The long line of customers waiting to shop at the Costco store at Creekside Crossing Shopping Mall in Mississauga, Ont., on Jan. 12, 2021.

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The number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario edged up today as the province continued its vaccination program and a weekend inspection blitz at big box stores.

The province reported 3,422 new infections in the past 24 hours along with 69 deaths attributable to the virus.

The numbers Ontario reported were based on nearly 60,200 tests completed, which uncovered 1,035 new COVID-19 cases in Toronto and 585 in Peel.

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Windsor-Essex County, York Region and Niagara logged another 254, 246 and 186 cases respectively.

The province also released some preliminary findings of a weekend enforcement blitz concentrating on big-box stores in the Toronto and Hamilton Areas.

It says the roughly 50 inspectors assigned to ensure the stores are following physical distancing protocols and public health rules found 31 violations at the 110 retailers they visited on Saturday. The Ministry of Labour says inspectors issued 11 formal warnings and 11 tickets.

Elsewhere in Canada:

  • New Brunswick is reporting 36 new cases of COVID-19, the largest single day total in the province since the pandemic began. The new cases bring the province’s total number of active infections to 292. Health officials say 24 of the cases are in the Edmundston region, which will be moved to the red alert level of virus precautions at midnight. Five of the new cases are in the Moncton region, four are in the Saint John area, two in the Fredericton region and one is in the Bathurst area.
  • Quebec is reporting 50 new deaths due to COVID-19 as well as a preliminary total of 1,744 new cases. The province says, however, that a data transmission delay means the number of cases is incomplete and will be adjusted in a future update. Hospitalizations declined for the third straight day, down 14 to 1,460. There were also 12 fewer people in intensive care, for a total of 215.
  • Nova Scotia is reporting four new cases of COVID-19 today and now has 29 active infections. Health officials say there is one case each in the western, northern, eastern and central health zones. All of the new cases are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada and all are self-isolating.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting one new case of COVID-19 today, and now has six active cases. Health officials say the case involves a man in the Eastern Health region between 20 and 39 years of age. They say the case is travel-related, with the individual having returned to the province from work in Alberta. Officials say that as a result of the case, they are asking passengers who travelled on Air Canada Flight 7480 from Montreal to St. John’s that arrived on January 13 to call 811 to arrange testing.

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