Today, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario's Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced the first two confirmed cases in Ontario of the COVID-19 variant first identified in the UK.
The province also confirmed 49 deaths related to the virus on Thursday.
Ottawa Public Health reported 48 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and 16 on Tuesday.
"We will continue to do everything we can to keep people and communities safe and may consider further action to reduce non-essential travel as the situation evolves", said a ministry spokesperson in an emailed statement to CTV News Vancouver.
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"While early data suggests that these new variants may be more transmissible, to date there is no evidence that they cause more severe disease or have any impact on antibody response or vaccine effectiveness", the health agency said.
Premier Doug Ford has called on the federal government to urgently partner with the province to implement testing at Pearson International Airport.
Since Dec. 24, at least 189 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 and 28 COVID patients have been admitted to intensive care units.
A total of 141,023 cases have been resolved in Ontario since the pandemic began in January.