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Ontario reports 1,708 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, 24 new deaths

Last Updated Nov 29, 2020 at 11:12 am EST

Rachel Arden instructs a student on how to self-administer a rapid COVID-19 test (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Ontario is reporting 1,708 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, a sharp decline from the previous two days.

Provincial health officials recorded 1,822 new infections yesterday and a record high of 1,855 cases on Friday.

For the third straight week, the total number of new cases surpassed 11,000 with a record 12,368 over the past seven days.

There were 24 additional deaths reported, bringing the weekly total to 162. It marks the fifth straight day more than 20 new deaths were added to the provincial tally.

The number of deaths attributed to long-term care settings surpassed 2,300.

Peel Region was responsible for almost 30 per cent of the new cases with 503 new infections, followed by Toronto with 463 and 185 in York Region.

It’s the fourth straight day more than 500 cases were reported in Peel Region, which joined Toronto in the “lockdown” control zone last week.

The province said it completed 53,959 tests in the previous 24-hour period – the third straight day more than 50,000 tests were completed. There were almost 39,000 tests outstanding.

Health officials reported 586 hospitalizations but noted that approximately 40 hospitals did not submit any data which has become a common thread on weekends. As a result, no updates were provided for the number of patients in the ICU and on ventilators.

More stringent COVID-19 measures are set to take effect in five Ontario regions starting Monday.

Windsor-Essex will be moved to the red level, Haldimand-Norfolk to orange, and three others – Hastings Prince Edward, Lambton and Northwestern – to the yellow.

Officials have said it could take up to two weeks after new restrictions are imposed to see any improvements.