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Ontario reports 563 new cases of COVID-19, five more deaths

TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 563 new cases of COVID-19 today, and five more deaths.

It's the first time since Oct. 10 that the daily new case count has cracked 500.

The seven-day average of new cases has been on the rise in the past few days, after falling since an early September fourth-wave peak.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 314 of the new cases today are in people who aren't fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status, while the other 249 are fully vaccinated.

The numbers of people in ICU due to COVID-19 remain relatively steady, and today there are 129 people in intensive care units, with 117 of them not fully vaccinated or with an unknown vaccination status.

There are 23 patients from Saskatchewan in Ontario hospitals, with 22 of them in intensive care units.

Nearly 88.4 per cent of eligible Ontarians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and almost 85 per cent have received both doses.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 5, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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