Ontario is reporting 1,708 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, a steep drop from the previous two days.
Provincial health officials recorded 1,822 new infections yesterday and a record 1,855 cases on Friday.
For the third week in a row, the total number of new cases has exceeded 11,000 with a record 12,368 in the past seven days.
There were 24 additional deaths reported, bringing the weekly total to 162. This is the fifth day in a row that more than 20 new deaths have been added to the provincial tally.
The number of deaths attributed to long-term care facilities has exceeded 2,300.
Peel Region was responsible for almost 30 percent of new cases with 503 new infections, followed by Toronto with 463 and 185 in York Region.
This is the fourth day in a row that more than 500 cases have been reported in Peel Region, which joined Toronto in the “lockdown” control area last week.
The province said it had performed 53,959 tests in the previous 24 hours – on the third day in a row, more than 50,000 tests had been performed. There were nearly 39,000 tests pending.
Health officials reported 586 hospitalizations but noted that around 40 hospitals had not submitted data which became a common thread over the weekend. As a result, no update was provided for the number of patients in intensive care and on ventilators.
Stricter COVID-19 measures are expected to take effect in five regions of Ontario as of Monday.
Windsor-Essex will upgrade to red, Haldimand-Norfolk to orange and three others – Hastings Prince Edward, Lambton and Northwestern – to yellow.
Officials said it could take up to two weeks after new restrictions were imposed to see improvements.