Ontario reports fewest new COVID-19 cases in over a month

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Ontario is reporting 463 new cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths on Wednesday.

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This is the smallest daily increase of cases the province has seen since August 17 and the first time the province has reported less than 500 cases since August 24.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 332 of the new cases are in individuals who have not been fully vaccinated or who have unknown vaccination status.

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The province had registered 593 cases a week ago. The rolling seven-day average has fallen below 700 for the first time in September, now at 692, compared to 722 a week ago.

There are now 299 people hospitalized with COVID-19 across the province and 271 people who have not been fully vaccinated or have unknown immunization status. There are 187 people in ICU with complications related to COVID and 130 on ventilators.

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The province completed 39,092 tests in the last 24-hour period for a positivity rate of 1.8 percent. This is the lowest positivity rate since August 11, with test positivity down from 2.5 per cent last week.

Another 40,596 vaccines were given in the past 24-hour period and 85.3% of Ontarians 12 and older have received a single dose, while 79.4 percent are fully vaccinated.

of Ontario The new vaccine certification system is now in effect And residents will now be required to prove they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter many businesses, including indoor restaurants, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms and concert venues, but It is not limited to these.

Premier Doug Ford said on Tuesday he understands there are many who are against vaccination evidence, but wants to do what Ontario needs to avoid another lockdown.

On October 22, the province aims to launch a QR code and verification app to streamline the process for businesses.

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