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Ontario reports 178 new cases

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TORONTO - Ontario reported 178 new cases of COVID-19 and six new deaths related to the virus on Sunday.

The total number of cases now stands at 34,654, which includes 30,107 cases marked as resolved and 2,658 deaths.

New cases of the virus outpaced the number of resolved cases for the first time in recent days.

The number of people in hospital for the virus dropped significantly.

The number of people in intensive care also continued to drop, although there was a slight increase in the number of people using a ventilator.

The Ministry of Health says it was able to complete more than 28,000 tests for the novel coronavirus yesterday.

Quebec has resumed releasing daily COVID-19 data following a widely criticized three-day interruption.

The province is reporting 72 new cases of the novel coronavirus compared with the prior day, for a total of 55,390.

Authorities also report five additional deaths from COVID-19 within the past 24 hours, and two deaths that occurred before June 21, for a total of 5,485.

Last week, public health authorities said they would end daily COVID-19 updates in favour of a weekly summary, but reversed that decision after public outcry.

During the three days for which there was no daily update - Friday through Sunday - the province reported 30 deaths attributed to COVID-19, an average of 10 per day.

The province also reported 239 new cases of the virus during the same three-day period, for an average of nearly 80 cases per day.

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