COVID-19: Ontario reports 654 new cases; 48 in Ottawa; The province raises capacity limits at sports venues, cinemas and others

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Ontario reports 654 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, with 464 cases among people who are not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is not known.

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Two new deaths were reported, bringing the toll to 9,788 since the pandemic began.

There are 258 people hospitalized, only 39 of them are fully vaccinated. There are currently 153 people on the ICU due to COVID-19, 139 are not fully vaccinated or whose status is unknown.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter that 22,042,483 vaccine doses have been administered, with 86.9 percent of Ontarians 12 years and older having one dose and 82.1 percent with two doses.

Meanwhile, cinemas, theaters, concert and spectator venues and car and horse racing tracks must open to full capacity from Saturday morning.

The province says there have been few outbreaks in the selected settings.

Most other public health measures, such as masks, remain in place.

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Physical distance requirements rise along with capacity limits with some exceptions such as indoor meeting and event rooms, which still have to hold two meters between people.

The provincial government says it is making the changes based on high vaccination rates, stable public health indicators and vaccine certificate policy.

Capacity rules still apply elsewhere that require proof of vaccination such as gyms and restaurants.

Representatives of the restaurant industry said the group was “extremely disappointed” that the Ontario government did not raise capacity limits for the “hardest hit” food industry.

In a statement on Friday, the group said it did not understand why the food industry continues to be “designated”.

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“It is beyond comprehension that 20,000 people can squeeze into an arena, scream and gather close together without masks, while restaurants must adhere to strict distancing rules that greatly limit the number of customers that can be served,” Canada wrote.

The association says the restaurant industry was the first to close during the start of COVID-19, suffering the longest closures and the “deepest restrictions” during the entire pandemic.

It called on the province to immediately lift all further restrictions on industry and provide additional support to recognize the cost of implementing the vaccine passport program.

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Latest COVID-19 news in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health reports 48 new cases in Ottawa Saturday without new deaths.

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There have been 30,231 cases since the pandemic began, with 590 deaths.

Ottawa Public Health is aware of 338 active cases in the capital.

There are six patients in the hospital, three of them in intensive care.

No new outbreaks were reported: There are 15 ongoing outbreaks in the school and two in local communities.

In Ottawa, an employee tested positive for COVID-19 at the Center d’accueil Champlain. Staff are working with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) to ensure appropriate testing and outreach efforts are put in place, Donna Gray, general manager of community and social services, wrote in a note to the mayor and council.

When monitoring interest measures, OPH reports the average seven-day case average per. 100,000 inhabitants is 26.8, the average positivity at testing is 1.7 percent, while the rolling reproductive figure, R

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