Ontario reports 699 new COVID-19 cases, lowest daily increase since October

Ontario is reporting 699 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the lowest increase in daily cases in seven-and-a-half months as the province climbs out of the third wave. The provincial total now stands at 532,158.

Tuesday’s case count is the lowest daily increase since October 2020 (when 658 new cases were logged on Oct. 18).

It is also the second day in a row case counts are below 1,000. On Monday, 916 new cases were recorded and 1,033 on Sunday as cases continue to trend downwards.

According to Tuesday’s report, 207 cases were recorded in Toronto, 144 in Peel Region, 52 in York Region and 50 in Durham Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 50 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 8,766 as nine more deaths were recorded.

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As of 8 p.m. on Monday, more than 9.2 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered. That marked an increase of over 120,195 vaccines in the last day. There are more than 739,000 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Meanwhile, 511,703 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 96 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,568 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Tuesday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 11,689 — down from the previous day when it was at 12,567, and is down from May 25 when it was at 19,026. At the peak of the second wave coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit just above 30,000. In the third wave in April, active cases topped 43,000.

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The seven-day average has now reached 1,030, which is down from yesterday at 1,078, and is down from last week at 1,693. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 3,600.

The government said 20,262 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 15,490 tests awaiting results. A total of 15,242,915 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity for Tuesday was 3.6 per cent. That figure is down from Monday’s at 4.3 per cent, and is down from last week when it was 6.2 per cent.

Ontario reported 804 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 73 from the previous day) with 583 patients in intensive care units (down by 34) and 387 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by five). Overall, hospitalizations have been on the decline since the third wave peak in April.

— More to come.

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