Ontario reports 744 COVID-19 cases, 24 deaths; nearly 173K more vaccines administered

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Ontario reported 744 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 535,419.

“Locally, there are 181 new cases in Toronto, 123 in Peel, 61 in Hamilton, 51 in the Region of Waterloo, 48 in York Region and 48 in the Porcupine Health Unit region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

For comparison, last Saturday 1,057 cases were reported.

Twenty-four new deaths were also announced on June 5, bringing the provincial death toll to 8,844.

A total of 517,638 coronavirus cases are considered resolved, which is up by 1,242 and is 96.7 per cent of all confirmed cases.

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Just over 27,800 additional tests were completed. Ontario has now completed a total of 15,369,037 tests and 12,320 remain under investigation.

The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 3.1 per cent, which is up from Friday’s report, when it was 2.8 per cent, and down from last Saturday’s report, when it was 3.6 per cent.

There have been 131,123 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, first discovered in the U.K. (up by 1,316), as well as 1,035 of the B.1.351 variant which was discovered in South Africa (up by 63), and 3,263 cases of the P.1 variant, first found in Brazil (up by 296).

Provincial figures showed there are 625 people hospitalized with the virus (down by 62), with 516 in intensive care due to COVID-19 (down by six), 362 of whom are on a ventilator (up by five).

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

  • 266,646 people are male
  • 264,816 people are female
  • 85,388 people are 19 and under
  • 200,549 people are 20 to 39
  • 153,221 people are 40 to 59
  • 71,331 people are 60 to 79
  • 24,829 people are 80 and over
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The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

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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 Friday evening, 9,834,182 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered in Ontario, marking an increase of 172,855 over 24 hours. Of those, 67,192 were second doses.

So far, 963,257 people in the province are fully vaccinated.

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