Ontario logs 574 new COVID-19 cases, nearly 200,000 vaccinations as reopening begins

Ontario logs 574 new COVID-19 cases, nearly 200,000 vaccinations as reopening begins

Ontario reported another 574 cases of COVID-19 and a new single-day high for vaccinations on Friday, as some restrictions on outdoor activities, patio dining and retail were loosened in much of the province. Public health units collectively administered 199,951 more doses of vaccines yesterday, the Ministry of Health said, topping the previous record of just over 190,000. Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist and member of the province's vaccine distribution task force, called the final tally an "impressive" feat that required a "major Ontario team effort. "Thank you to the thousands and thousands of people involved in this and helping out at every level," he said in a series of tweets. Nearly 72 per cent of Ontarians aged 12 and older have now had at least one shot, while 11.9 per cent of Ontarians 18 and above have received both doses. The province announced Thursday it is accelerating second doses of COVID-19 vaccines for people in delta variant hot spots, with bookings set to open up next week. Residents in seven designated areas who had their first dose on …
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