TORONTO – Ontario health officials are reporting just over 700 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.

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The province confirmed 704 new cases of the novel coronavirus, as well as seven more deaths due to the disease.

Ontario’s rolling seven-day average is now 607, down from 629 at this point last week.

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With 29,510 tests in the last 24 hours, the health ministry says the positivity rate in the province is 1.8 percent.

Of the new infections reported on Saturday, 506 cases involved people who were either unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or their vaccination status is unknown. The remaining 198 infections involved people who had been fully vaccinated.

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The province recorded seven new deaths on Saturday, bringing the total death toll in the province to 9,750.

The ministry says 274 people are receiving treatment for the virus in Ontario hospitals and 162 patients in intensive care units.

Of those in the ICU, Health Minister Christine Elliott says 155 have not been fully vaccinated or have unknown immunization status and seven have been fully vaccinated.

version of concern update

The health ministry is reporting 7 new cases of the delta variant, b.1.617.2, on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 18,629.

Officials also reported two new cases of the alpha version, b.1.1.7, bringing the total number of alpha cases to 146,473.

Where are the new cases?

Locally, 150 new cases have been reported in Toronto, 46 ​​in York area, 67 in Peel area, 44 in Hamilton, 14 in Durham area and 31 in Waterloo area.

vaccination update

The province said it delivered 37,333 doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Friday.

During Ontario’s nine-month vaccination campaign, more than 21.8 million needles have gone into arms.

To date, 10,583,567 people have received both doses and are considered fully vaccinated.

more to come…