Ontario reports 3,301 new cases of COVID-19 with four more deaths

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TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 3,301 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as four new deaths linked to the virus.

It's the highest daily tally since early May.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 382 COVID-19 patients are currently in hospital, including 294 who are not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status isn't known.

She says there are 154 people in intensive care due to COVID-19, which includes 81 who are not fully immunized or whose vaccination status isn't known.

In the province, 86.2 per cent of residents aged five and older have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 81 per cent have at least two doses.

The province administered 168,923 more doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.

Meanwhile, crowd limits are back in effect at stadiums, concert halls and other venues in Ontario with a capacity of more than 1,000.

As of first thing this morning, they're limited to a capacity of 50 per cent, in an effort to slow the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Premier Doug Ford announced the restriction on Wednesday, at the same time that he rolled out an expanded COVID-19 vaccine booster campaign.

Yesterday, he went even further and said restaurants, retailers and other indoor settings would see their capacity limited to 50 per cent as well.

He also reduced the cap on indoor social gatherings from 25 to 10, and the limit on outdoor social gatherings from 100 to 25.

Those measures come into effect first thing tomorrow.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 18, 2021.

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