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Ontario reports 340 new coronavirus cases, 23 new deaths related to virus

Last Updated May 17, 2020 at 4:36 pm EDT

A scientist places fluid in a tube labelled 'COVID-19' during research work in the virus laboratory. Akos Stiller/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ontario reported another 340 cases of COVID-19 and 23 new deaths related to the virus.

There is now a total of 22,653 confirmed cases in the province, which includes 1,881 deaths and 17,360 resolved cases.

The daily growth rate stands at 1.5 per cent, which is lower than Saturday’s growth rate of 1.8 per cent.

The number of people in the hospital dropped noticeably, while there were also slight decreases in the number of people in intensive care and on a ventilator.

Public Health Ontario reported a total of 867 deaths in long-term care facilities.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care reports that 1,388 people have died in long-term care. Public Health is slower on reporting the numbers, so the Ministry’s statistics are considered more up-to-date.

The province completed more than 16,000 tests over the last 24 hour period, which was a drop compared to Saturday where more than 17,000 tests were done.

Another 4,414 tests are currently under investigation and awaiting confirmation.

Toronto Public Health reported 125 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

The total number of cases now stands at just over 8,500 and of those just over a quarter have recovered.

Seven new deaths were also reported for a total of 679 in the city.

Hospitalizations fell as did the number of those in ICU and on ventilators.