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Ontario reports 649 new cases of COVID-19 as numbers dip in Toronto and Ottawa

Last Updated Oct 11, 2020 at 12:20 pm EDT

View of corona test tubes at a testing location on September 22, 2020 in Utrecht, Netherlands. (Photo by Niels Wenstedt/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

For the second straight day, Ontario saw a drop in the number of new COVID-19 cases

Provincial health officials reported 649 new cases Sunday, down from the 809 reported yesterday and the record 939 on Friday.

Sunday also marked only the second time in the last five days the number of recoveries – 705 – had outpaced the number of new cases.

There are now more than 59,139 Ontarians who have contracted the virus with just over 85 per cent of those having recovered.

However, for the third straight day fewer tests were completed with just 44,138 processed in the last 24 hours – down significantly from the single-day high of more than 48,400 announced on Thursday. The number of backlogged cases fell by more than 10,000 and now sits at 45,837.

There are 140 new cases in Toronto, a drop from Saturday’s count of 358, while Ottawa also saw new cases decline to 54. The spread remains steady in Peel Region with 157 new cases.

One additional death was also recorded, bringing the provincial total to 3,005.

While the number of hospitalizations climbed slightly to 217, the province noted that a number of hospitals did not submit data which is often the case on weekends.

The number of patients in the ICU climbed to over 50 for the first time since the end of June while those on ventilators also saw a small increase.

Government officials will not be releasing COVID-19 case counts on Monday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The province will report Monday’s numbers on Tuesday.