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TORONTO – Health officials in Ontario reported another 653 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, as well as six additional deaths related to the disease.

Of the cases recorded today, 499 involve people who are not fully vaccinated or have unknown vaccination status and 154 are in fully vaccinated people.

There are 198 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 177 people in the ICU, although the province did not release the vaccination status of those hospitalized.

Sunday’s report brings the province’s seven-day average for the number of registered cases to 620. Today a week ago that number was 709.

So far, Ontario has seen 583,928 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases during the pandemic. That number includes 568,633 resolved cases and 9,704 deaths, six of which were reported in the last 24 hours, though three occurred last month.

With 31,063 tests processed since yesterday, the Health Ministry says Ontario’s COVID-19 positivity rate is two percent.

Where are the new cases of COVID-19?

Most of the cases reported by the province on Sunday were found in Toronto (109), Ottawa (71) and Hamilton (66).

Double-digit case counts were also recorded in the Peel region (55), the Halton region (42), Windsor-Essex (42), and the York region (41).

Update on worrying variants of COVID-19

Labs confirmed an additional 246 cases of the COVID-19 variant B.1.617.2 known as Delta.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed infections to 18,260.

Additionally, four more cases of the Alpha B.11.7 variant were also confirmed after genomic sequencing, bringing the total number of cases to 146,461.

No new cases of the Gamma P.1 variant or the Beta B.1.351 variant were found in the last 24 hours.

This is a news flash. More to come.

Background:

The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiological Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what the province reports, because local units report figures at different times.

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