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Ontario reports 178 new cases of coronavirus, 6 more deaths

Last Updated Jun 28, 2020 at 4:03 pm EDT

SOESTERBERG, NETHERLANDS - 2020/05/23: A lab technician holds a test tube that contains blood sample from a patient at Soesterberg Air Base Park. Healthcare staff with at least 24 hours of coronavirus-related complaints are now also being tested at Soesterberg Air Base Park. Employees working in nursing homes, care for the disabled, general practitioner care, home care, youth care, obstetric and maternity care and mental health care (GGZ). Physiotherapists, dentists and other oral care employees are also eligible. (Photo by Robin Utrecht/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Ontario reported 178 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday along with six more new deaths.

While the seven day average of new cases remained virtually unchanged, it was the third straight day the number of new cases had increased.

Health Minister Christine Elliott acknowledged in a tweet Sunday that there had been an increase in cases.

“While a slight uptick over yesterday, today’s report remains under 200,” she said. “28 of Ontario’s 34 public health units reporting five or fewer cases with 19 of them reporting no new cases at all.”

The provincial total of confirmed cases now stands at 34,654 with 86.9 per cent considered resolved.

Elliott also added that the province had completed 28,633 tests.

“In fact, we’ve now surpassed Alberta in cumulative tests per capita and lead every other province,” she said.  “Hospitalizations, intensive care unit admissions and vented patients all continue to decline.”

The six additional deaths brings the total in the province to 2,658.

Toronto Public Health reported 84 new cases of COVID-19 in the city – the third straight day that new case numbers have increased. However, the seven day average remained stead at 61.

Another three deaths were reported, marking an eighth straight day of single digit deaths recorded.

Health officials say 87 per cent of Torontonians infected with the virus have now recovered.