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    With 296 new infections, Ontario remains below the 300 marks for the second consecutive day. It is still a slight increase over Monday’s total as the province logged 270 cases. Labs around Ontario reported a positivity rate of 1.6 per cent as they processed 16,784 tests for COVID-19.

    The seven-day rolling average continues to drop as last week it was at 478 and now stands at 334. Hospitals across the province currently are occupied by 333 people with COVID-19, 314 are being treated in intensive care.

    The new cases are still concentrated in the Greater Toronto area with 123 new cases in Toronto, 61 in Waterloo, and 37 in York Region. Peel Region reported 20 cases, and 11 cases were reported in both Hamilton and Ottawa.

    In the past day labs identified 209 additional cases of COVID-19 variants. Health officials in the province found 178 cases of the Alpha variant and 29 new cases of the Delta variant. There were also two new cases of the Gamma variant and no new cases of the Beta variant.

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