Ontario’s new COVID-19 cases climb to over 600, another 7 deaths

Ontario reported 677 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday — a rise from 463 cases the day before.

Another seven people have died as a result of the virus, bringing the provincial death toll to 9,677.

Health officials conducted 37,630 tests over the past 24 hours, with a positivity rate of 1.9 per cent.

According to provincial data, 529 of the new cases are in individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status, while 148 are fully vaccinated.

On Wednesday, the province’s COVID-19 vaccine certificate system went into effect. Premier Doug Ford asked Ontarians to be patient with business owners as they work out how to implement the vaccine passport. He added they will be leading with education, rather than enforcement in the first few weeks.

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