On Sunday, Ontario reports 981 new COVID-19 infections, down from Saturday’s 1300 records. 122 additional cases have been logged in Toronto by provincial health officials as the health region continues to clean up data. Sunday, 42 more viral deaths, 17 of long-term care home residents, have been reported. There have been 6,693 viral fatalities in the whole province since the pandemic started last March.
The majority of new cases today continue to be in the Greater Toronto Area, health officials say. Compared to 1,428 a week ago, the province’s seven-day rolling average of new cases now stands at 1,094. The number of highly contagious coronavirus variants is also increasing, with nine new cases reported in the GTA on Sunday, according to a health official.
48,701 tests were conducted by Ontario labs, down from more than 58,700 tests on Saturday. The positive rate for the province is 2.6 percent, up from 2.3 a day ago. Across Ontario, there are 705 people hospitalized with the virus. There have been over 285,800 lab-confirmed cases and 267,128 recoveries to date.