Public Health Ontario says the province has reached a new daily record for new COVID-19 cases, but warns the true number of people infected with the virus is likely higher.
The organization is reporting 18,445 more COVID-19 cases today, up from the previous record set just a day earlier when there were 16,713 infections reported.
It says the number of infected Ontarians is an underestimate because recent policy changes have made COVID-19 testing less accessible just as cases linked to the Omicron variant are soaring.
Public Health Ontario is also reporting 12 new virus-related deaths.
The latest figures come days after the province significantly curtailed who is eligible for government-funded COVID-19 testing and come a week after many gathered for Christmas celebrations.
While the Ministry of Health typically releases daily COVID-19 data for the province, it does not publish new figures on holidays like New Year’s Day.