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Ontario reports more than 700 COVID-19 cases for 3rd straight day, 2 additional deaths

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Ontario reported 740 COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 564,331.

It marks the third straight day the province reported more than 700 COVID-19 cases.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said of the new cases, 551 are in those who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status, while 189 are in fully vaccinated individuals.

For comparison, last Sunday 722 cases were reported.

Two new deaths were also announced on Aug. 29, bringing the provincial virus-related death toll to 9,498.

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A total of 548,959 coronavirus cases are considered resolved, which is up by 561.

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Nearly 22,900 additional tests were completed. Ontario has now completed a total of 17,190,384 tests and 8,739 remain under investigation.

The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 3.3 per cent, which is up from Saturday’s report, when it was 2.6 per cent, and up from last Sunday’s report, when it was 3.2 per cent.

Provincial figures showed there are 158 people in intensive care due to COVID-19 (down by four), 98 of whom are on a ventilator (up by 11).

As of 8 p.m. Saturday, 20,709,011 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered in Ontario, marking an increase of 29,695. Of those, 19,449 were second doses.

In Ontario, 82.8 per cent of people aged 12-plus have received at least one vaccine dose and 76 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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