Ontario reports 566 new cases of COVID-19

TORONTO — Health officials in Ontario reported more than 500 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday morning.

The 566 new infections represent a decrease over Saturday’s total when 653 cases were reported. 

The province also reported four new COVID-19-related deaths in the last 24-hour period. However, the Ministry of Health said that three of those deaths, recorded by Toronto Public Health in the “spring or summer,” are only now being recorded as part of a “data review and data cleaning initiative.”

As well, Ontario logged  534 more cases it now considers to be resovled. 

Sunday’s report bring the total number of COVID-19 infections in Ontario to 54,199, including 2,975 deaths and 45,819 recoveries.

The news comes as the province’s 153 COVID-19 assessment centres close their doors to walk-ins, a move Premier Doug Ford said was “absolutely necessary” in the face of staggering lineups and test processing backlogs.

Starting Tuesday, patients with COVID-19 symptoms will be required to contact their closest testing centre and speak to a nurse before making an appointment for a swab.

“It might take a few days to schedule your tests at the start, but we are working around the clock to keep those times as low as possible,” Ford said on Friday.

Pharmacies, which are currently open for asymptomatic testing for priority groups, also operate on an appointment-only basis. The province said it plans to expand the number of pharmacies where people can get tested.

This is a breaking news story. More to come. 

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