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

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Of the cases reported today, 499 involve individuals who have not been fully vaccinated or have unknown immunization status and 154 are in fully vaccinated individuals.

There are 198 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 177 in the ICU, although the immunization status of those hospitalized was not released by the province.

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Sunday’s report brings the province’s seven-day average number of cases to 620. A week ago today this number was 709.

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

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With 31,063 tests processed since yesterday, the health ministry says Ontario’s COVID-19 positivity rate stands at two percent.

Where are the new COVID-19 cases?

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

The Peel area (55), the Halton area (42), Windsor-Essex (42), and the York area (41) also reported double-digit cases.

Update on the COVID-19 variant of the concern

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

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

In addition, four more cases of alpha variant B.11.7 were also confirmed after genomic sequencing, taking the total number of cases to 146,461.

No new cases of Gamma version P.1 or Beta version B.1.351 were detected during the last 24 hours.

This is a breaking news story. more to come.

Backstory:

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 given city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by province, as local units report figures at different times.