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Ontario reports 977 new COVID-19 cases, 9 new deaths on Sunday

Last Updated Nov 1, 2020 at 11:28 am EST

View of coronavirus test tubes at a testing location. (Photo by Niels Wenstedt/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Ontario reported 977 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, a drop from the 1,015 new infections counted the previous day.

Toronto (279) and Peel Region (238) combined for almost 53 per cent of the new cases reported. Ottawa has 130 new cases while York Region reported 113.

Elsewhere, Durham region (31), Niagara (31), Waterloo (31) and Simcoe Muskoka (23) all saw increase while Brant County saw an eight times increase in the number of cases to 25.

Both Hamilton (21) and Halton (16) saw their case counts fall by almost half the previous day.

Provincial officials say they conducted 37,133 tests in the previous 24-hour period, which is almost 12 per cent fewer than the total processed on Saturday. That raises the positivity rate in the province to 2.6 per cent.

It’s the fifth day out of the last seven that the province failed to process more than 40,000 daily tests.

For the third straight day nine new deaths were reported – four in long-term care settings, raising the provincial total to 3,145.

Hospitalizations continue to rise, climbing to 350 – the highest total since June 20. Patients in the ICU and on ventilators remained virtually unchanged.