Ontario reports 740 new COVID-19 infections, two virus-related deaths

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Ontario is reporting 740 new cases of COVID-19 today and two deaths related to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 551 cases are among those who are either unvaccinated or whose immunization status is unknown, while 189 new infections are in fully vaccinated people.

Elliott says 214 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, with 158 patients in intensive care.

She notes that not all hospitals report data on weekends.

The case numbers are down slightly from Saturday's total of 835 new infections, the province's highest daily count since June.

Ontario is expected to announce plans for a vaccine certificate system this week, three senior government sources told The Canadian Press on Friday.

The sources said the planned system – which would limit access to certain non-essential services based on vaccination status – will go to cabinet for discussion before an announcement is made.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 29, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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