Ontario reports 24 new COVID-19 deaths, daily cases drop below 3,000 Patricia D’Cunha

Ontario says 24 more people have died from COVID-19, as new cases drop to below 3,000.

Fourteen of the new deaths were residents in long-term care homes, bringing the total to 3,212. The number of people who have now died from the virus across the province sits at 5,433.

Provincial health officials reported 2,578 new diagnoses on Monday, a drop from 3,422 cases the day before.

Most of the new cases are in Toronto (815), Peel Region (705), York Region (151), Niagara (151), and Hamilton (121).

The province said 40,301 tests were completed in the previous day, but there remains a backlog of 18,481.

Health officials said 1,571 people are hospitalized with 394 in ICU and 303 on a ventilator.

As of Sunday evening, another 9,691 doses of the vaccine were administered, bringing the total doses administered to 209,788.

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