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Weekend brings 9 more deaths, 171 new COVID-19 cases in Middlesex-London | CBC News

Nine more people have died of COVID-19 and 171 more people have tested positive for the virus, according to data from the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) over the weekend. 

On Sunday, public health reported seven deaths and 54 more cases. 

Six of the deaths — two men in their 70s, a woman in her 80s, two women and one man in their 90s — were linked to a long-term care home. The other individual, a man in his 90s, was not linked to a retirement or long-term care home. 

On Saturday, public health reported two deaths and 117 new cases. The deaths were a man in his 70s linked to a long-term care home and a man in his 80s who wasn’t linked to either a retirement home or long-term care home. 

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Middlesex-London has surpassed the 5,000 mark. Since the pandemic began, there have been 5,041 cases of the virus and 3,418 recoveries, which means that 1,475 cases are considered to be active.

Public health also reported the first case of the COVID-19 variant, originally detected in the United Kingdom, on Saturday. The health unit said the person, who is in their 80s, has recovered from the illness and hadn’t travelled outside of Canada. 

CBC News confirmed the individual wasn’t in a long-term care home. 

New school case

There’s a new case of COVID-19 at Clarke Road Secondary School, according to the Thames Valley District School Board. 

In a media release sent Saturday, the board said that staff, parents and guardians of affected school communities were notified immediately. 

Right now, special education classes are the only classes taking place in-person at the region’s public schools. Elementary and secondary classes are happening online. 

COVID-19 across the region

The number of COVID-19 cases in Oneida Nation of the Thames also continues to rise. According to an update on the community’s administration Facebook page, there were 55 active cases of the virus and 22 recoveries Sunday. 

Southwestern Public Health, which covers Oxford and Elgin counties as well as St. Thomas, is reporting 49 new cases Sunday and two new deaths. On Saturday, there were 29 new cases and one new death. 

In that region, there have been a total of 2,040 COVID-19 cases, 370 of which are considered to be active. Forty-two people have died.

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