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TORONTO – Ontario health officials report just under 650 new cases of COVID-19.

The province confirmed 640 new cases of the new coronavirus on Saturday, as well as 10 more deaths from the disease.

Ontario’s seven-day moving average is now 629, down from 719 at this point last week.

With 33,303 tests processed in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry says the positivity rate in the province rose to 1.9 percent.

Of the new infections reported on Saturday, 485 cases involved unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or their vaccination status is unknown. The remaining 155 infections affected people who were fully vaccinated.

The province recorded 10 new deaths on Saturday, bringing the total death count in the province to 9,698.

The province stated that at least 323 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19, including 50 people who are fully vaccinated and 273 people who are not fully vaccinated or have unknown vaccination status.

At least 178 patients are in intensive care in Ontario hospitals and 128 are breathing with the help of a ventilator.

The province estimated that 794 more cases of the disease would resolve as of Saturday, bringing the number of recovered Ontario patients to 567,994.

Today’s report brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases in Ontario to 583,275, including deaths and recoveries.

WHERE ARE THE NEW CASES?

Locally, there are 113 new cases in Toronto, 58 in the York region, 69 in the Peel region, 46 in Hamilton, 38 in the Durham region, and 30 in the Waterloo region.

CONCERN UPDATE VARIANT

The Ministry of Health reports this Saturday 178 new cases of the Delta variant, B.1.617.2, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 18,014.

Officials also reported two new cases of the Alpha variant, B.1.1.7., Bringing the total number of Alpha cases to 146,457.

Today there were no new cases of the Beta variant, B.1.351, nor of the Gamma variant, P.1.

IMMUNIZATION UPDATE

The province said it administered 47,871 doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Friday.

Throughout Ontario’s nine-month vaccination campaign, more than 21.6 million needles have been turned into weapons.

To date, 10,437,551 people have received both doses and are considered to be fully vaccinated.

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