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Ontario reports 6 new COVID-19 deaths, cases drop below 1,000

Last Updated Mar 6, 2021 at 11:04 am EDT

A man wearing a face mask arrives at a COVID-19 assessment center in Toronto on Dec. 27, 2020. (Photo by Zou Zheng/Xinhua via Getty Images)

Ontario says another six people have died as a result of COVID-19 as new cases of the virus drop below 1,000.

The number of people who have died from the virus in the province now sits at 7,052.

Provincial health officials reported 990 new cases on Saturday, a drop from 1,250 cases the day before.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said there are 284 new infections in Toronto, 173 in Peel Region and 82 in York Region.

There were 57,829 tests completed the previous day as the province reports a positivity rate of 2.3 per cent.

Another record 39,698 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administrated in the province. A total of 860,412 doses have been administered overall.

Health officials also said 1,152 more people have recovered from the virus in the province, bringing the total active cases down to 10,210.

As of the latest provincial update, 620 people remain in hospital due to the virus, with 278 of those patients in intensive care.

An additional 32 cases of variants of concern were also confirmed in the province, bringing the provincial total up to 865. Of those cases, 826 are of the variant first discovered in the United Kingdom, while 31 are the variant first found in South Africa and eight of the variant first reported in Brazil.