TORONTO – For the second day in a row, the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Ontario has increased.
178 additional new infections were confirmed on Sunday, up from 160 reported on Saturday and 111 Friday.
New patients bring the total number of laboratory confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Ontario to 34,654. This includes 2,658 deaths and 30,107 recoveries.
In a social media post, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott described today’s new cases as “a slight increase from yesterday”, but said that most offices public health officials report five cases or less.
It is the fifth consecutive day that the number of new daily cases of coronavirus remains below 200.
Friday marked the lowest number of cases recorded daily in 13 weeks.
According to Sunday epidemiology report, six more Ontarians died.
Of the 2,658 people who died after contracting COVID-19, 11 were between 20 and 39 years old, 104 were between 50 and 59 years old and 707 between 60 and 79 years old.
A person under the age of 19 also died.
People over 79 were the poorest, with 1,835 deaths recorded.
At the same time, among the new COVID-19 cases confirmed on Sunday, the majority of patients were between 20 and 39 years of age.
Health officials say 82 of 178 COVID-19 positive patients were in this age group, while 42 were between 40 and 59 years of age. Only 11 were over 79 years old.
The number of patients hospitalized for the disease continues to decline slowly. Two hundred and fourteen people are currently in hospital with COVID-19, up from 252 on Saturday. Fifty-one patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), a decrease of two in the past 24 hours.
Among intensive care patients, 36 breathe with a ventilator.
Where are the COVID-19 cases?
About 67% of the cases reported on Sunday occurred in the Toronto and Peel region.
Seventy-three of 178 cases of COVID-19 occurred in Toronto, according to health officials, and 46 in the Peel region.
Last week, the two regions moved to step 2 of the province’s reopening plan.
Nineteen of the 34 public health units in Ontario have not reported any illness.
COVID-19 tests in Ontario
In the past 24 hours, 28,633 COVID-19 tests have been processed, down from the record 33,492 recorded yesterday.
Authorities have performed more than 1.3 million tests since the pandemic was declared.
“Ontario remains the leader in daily COVID-19 testing,” said Elliott on social media. “In fact, we have now overtaken Alberta in the cumulative tests by capital and are ahead of all the other provinces. Hospitalizations, ICU admissions and evacuated patients continue to decline. “
Over 29,000 test samples are still under investigation.