Health officials in Ontario are reporting 964 new cases of COVID-19, marking the highest number of infections reported in a single day since May 30 when 1,033 cases were identified.
Sunday’s report brings the seven-day average for the number of COVID-19 cases reported in the province to 760. This time last week, that number was 645.
The Ministry of Health says 498 of Sunday’s cases are among unvaccinated people, 21 are people with one COVID-19 vaccine dose, 396 are fully vaccinated and 49 are in people with unknown vaccination status.
Given there are more than 11.2 million fully vaccinated people in the province, the COVID-19 Science Advisory Table still finds vaccination is associated with an 83 per cent relative reduction in risk of infection and 95 per cent relative reduction in risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19.
Provincial labs processed 29,692 test specimens, generating a positivity rate when inconclusive and duplicate tests are accounted for of at least 3.2 per cent.
Ontario’s known active caseload now stands at 6,484, the highest it has been since Sept. 5.
The total number of deaths reported since March 2020 now stands at 9,994.
There have been at least 617,000 cases of COVID-19 found in the province since the pandemic began.
Two people from Ottawa who returned from a trip to Nigeria have tested positive for the new COVID-19 variant of concern that was first detected in southern Africa, Ontario health officials reported Sunday.
They are Canada’s first two cases of the B.1.1.529 variant, also known as omicron.