Ontario reports more than 3,200 new COVID-19 cases, 47 deaths

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Ontario reported 3,216 COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 492,303.

“Locally, there are 903 new cases in Toronto, 752 in Peel, 335 in York Region, 187 in Durham and 150 in Ottawa,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

For comparison, last Sunday 3,723 cases were reported.

Forty-seven new deaths were also announced on May 9, bringing the provincial death toll to 8,308.

A total of 451,591 coronavirus cases are considered resolved, which is up by 3,653 and is 91.7 per cent of all confirmed cases.

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More than 38,500 additional tests were completed. Ontario has now completed a total of 14,502,441 tests and 16,085 remain under investigation.

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The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 7.1 per cent, which is up from Saturday’s report, when it was 6.8 per cent, and down from last Sunday’s report, when it was 8.5 per cent.

There have been 91,624 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, first discovered in the U.K. (up by 2,010), as well as 400 of the B.1.351 variant which was discovered in South Africa (up by five), and 1,229 cases of the P.1 variant, first found in Brazil (up by 17).

Provincial figures showed there are 1,640 people hospitalized with the virus (down by 192), with 848 in intensive care due to COVID-19 (down by three), 580 of whom are on a ventilator (down by eight).

However, the province noted that more than 10 per cent of hospitals did not submit their daily bed census for Sunday’s report — as is often the case on weekends — possibly causing the reported number of hospitalizations to be lower than it actually is.

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Here is a breakdown of Ontario’s cases by age and gender:

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  • 244,719 people are male
  • 243,813 people are female
  • 76,637 people are 19 and under
  • 182,672 people are 20 to 39
  • 141,920 people are 40 to 59
  • 66,961 people are 60 to 79
  • 24,002 people are 80 and over

The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

The province also notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by local public health units on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available. Data may also be pulled at different times.

As of Saturday evening, 6,144,685 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered in Ontario, marking an increase of 121,075.

So far, 392,835 people in the province are considered to be fully vaccinated.

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