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Ontario reports 574 new cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths linked to the virus


TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 574 new cases of COVID-19 today and eight more deaths linked to the virus. 

Health Minister Christine Elliott says that 434 of those cases are in people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

Elliott says 330 people are hospitalized with the virus, with 303 not fully vaccinated.

She says 179 people are in intensive care due to the virus, with only nine of those people fully vaccinated.

The Ministry of Health says that 85.2 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 79.2 per cent have two doses.

The latest figures come as Ontario gets ready to implement a vaccine certificate system tomorrow. 

Patrons at dine-in restaurants, nightclubs, gyms, sports facilities and other venues will need to present a receipt of full vaccination along with a form of government-issued identification. Doctors' notes for medical exemptions will also be accepted.

Premier Doug Ford says in a statement today that he knows many people are concerned about their civil liberties being impeded by the certificates.

But he says the greater concern is having to lock down the province again, or experience a sudden surge in cases. 

He says Ontarians must continue to do everything they can to protect hard-fought progress against the virus.

"We need to do everything in our power to avoid future lockdowns and closures," he said in a statement Tuesday. "That is why we are bringing in these exceptional measures on a temporary basis and will end them as soon as they can be responsibly removed."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 21, 2021.

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