Coronavirus Canada Updates: Ontario reports 3,947 new COVID-19 cases and 24 more deaths

Coronavirus: Ontario reports 370 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, 1 additional death
Coronavirus: Ontario reports 370 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, 1 additional death

Ontario reported 3,947 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday as the number of patients in intensive care units once again reached a record high.

The province registered 24 more deaths linked to the virus, bringing the official death toll to 7,911.

Sunday’s daily case count marks the third time in the past week that the province has seen fewer than 4,000 new cases.

Some 2,126 people in the province remain in hospital because of the disease, a figure that has consistently been trending upward since the start of the third wave of the pandemic.

Of the patients hospitalized, 851 are in intensive care units. Similar to hospitalizations, that figure has been steadily increasing in recent weeks and has reached a record high each day for the past nineteen days.

Some 596 patients require ventilators to breathe.

Sunday’s new cases include 901 in Peel Region and 406 in York Region. Toronto alone reported 1,136, marking the sixteenth straight day the city has seen more than 1,000 new cases.

Meanwhile, Ontario’s network of labs completed 46,694 test samples since the last update and logged a test positivity rate of 8.7 per cent.

The seven-day average of new daily cases fell to 4,051.

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