The latest in London
There were 27 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Middlesex-London over the weekend, according to the latest data from public health.
Six of those cases were new as of Saturday and 21 were reported Sunday.
There have been a total of 6,172 cases of the virus in the region since the pandemic began, and the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) considered 5,895 to be resolved as of Sunday.
Ninety-six cases are active.
There have been no new deaths since Feb. 13, 2021.
Middlesex-London going orange
As of 12:01 a.m. Monday, Middlesex-London will move into the orange category of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework.
That means gathering limits for parties, dinners and wedding receptions will increase to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors, while events at staffed businesses and facilities will move up to 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.
Restaurants in the orange zone are allowed to have up to 50 patrons indoors.
COVID-19 around the region
Southwestern Public Health, which covers St. Thomas as well as Elgin and Oxford counties, reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday.
Of the 84 ongoing cases in the region, the health unit said 59 are in Aylmer. The community has been a trouble spot for the virus, where a local church had been openly defying Ontario’s pandemic restrictions.
The region covered by Southwestern Public Health is also moving into the orange category Monday.
On Sunday, however, the region was still in the red zone and religious gatherings were still limited to 30 per cent capacity.
The Church of God in Aylmer carried out an indoor service, but a live stream of the event did not capture the size of the congregation.