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COVID-19: Ontario sees 807 new cases; Ottawa hits vaccination milestone; Poll finds 8 in 10 Canadians favour vaccine passports

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Aedan Helmer

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A worker scans a QR code from client at Cora restaurant in downtown Montreal. Photo by Pierre Obendrauf /Postmedia

Ontario reported 807 new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday and six deaths.

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Two of those deaths occurred more than two months ago and were added to the database Friday in a “data cleaning,” according to Public Health Ontario.

Of the 807 new cases in the province, 628 involved unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people, while 179 were in fully vaccinated people.

There are 326 patients in Ontario hospitals (292 are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, 34 are fully vaccinated) and there are another 169 in intensive care units (157 are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, 12 are fully vaccinated).

There are 49 new cases in Ottawa, according to provincial data. Ottawa Public Health reports updated data each afternoon.

Surrounding regions are also reporting increasing daily case counts after enjoying weeks of declining numbers.

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The Eastern Ontario public health unit reported six new infections Friday (after 24 new cases were identified in that area Thursday), there were six in the Hastings region, four in Kingston and two in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark.

Toronto reported 175 new cases, there were 136 in Peel, 85 in York, 72 in Windsor and 50 in Durham.

There was a significant boost to Ontario’s vaccination efforts, meanwhile, as 43,855 vaccine doses were administered Thursday on the heels of the announcement that the province will mandate a vaccine passport for non-essential businesses. That is about 10,000 more doses than Ontario had been averaging through August.

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Of those vaccinations, 21,284 were first doses and 22,571 were second doses.

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There have been 20,871,664 total vaccine doses administered in the province, with 10,006,367 eligible residents now fully vaccinated.

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Ottawa has hit another vaccination milestone with 80 per cent of eligible (12-plus) residents now fully vaccinated.

“I am so proud that we have one of the highest vaccination rates among the largest cities in Canada,” Mayor Jim Watson tweeted Friday morning. “Thank you for doing your part, Ottawa!”

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A new poll suggests eight out of 10 Canadians were in favour of a COVID-19 vaccine passport in the days leading up to this week’s news that Ontario would be implementing a passport type system and the rollout of a certificate system in Quebec.

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The poll also suggests Canadians were largely split on whether the reopening of in-person learning at elementary and secondary schools changed their level of concern over the Delta variant.

The latest Leger poll found 56 per cent of Canadian respondents said they “strongly support” provincial vaccine passports for indoor places including bars, restaurants, gyms, concert halls and festivals when asked last week, while another 25 per cent said they “somewhat support” the measure.

Seven per cent were somewhat opposed and 13 per cent were strongly opposed.

The poll was conducted Aug. 27 to 29, before Ontario announced its vaccine certificate system that will take effect Sept. 22. Quebec, British Columbia and Manitoba recently announced similar measures.

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The online poll collected responses from 1,544 Canadians over the age of 18. Online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.

Respondents from Atlantic Canada and British Columbia were most in favour of a vaccine passport at 85 and 84 per cent total support, respectively. Those from Manitoba and Saskatchewan were most opposed, with 26 per cent saying they either strongly or somewhat opposed the measure, while 20 per cent of Alberta participants strongly opposed.

Support was highest among respondents aged 55 and older at 86 per cent, and lowest among those 35 to 54 years old at 75 per cent.

The poll, which also surveyed 1,004 Americans, found 59 per cent support for a vaccine passport among U.S. participants, and 41 per cent opposition.

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Meanwhile, 44 per cent of Canadian respondents said plans to reopen schools made them more worried about catching the Delta variant, while seven per cent felt less worried. Another 47 per cent said reopening schools did not change their feelings on catching the COVID-19 variant.

Sixty per cent of respondents said classes should shift to virtual platforms if there was a significant increase in COVID-19 infections within their communities, and 40 per cent said in-person classes should continue as planned.

Half of Canadians surveyed said masks should be worn at all times on high school premises, and 12 per cent said they should only be worn by students who don’t have proof of vaccination.

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More than three-quarters of Canadian respondents — 78 per cent — said governments shouldn’t lift all COVID-19 restrictions “right now,” compared to 16 per cent who favoured removing all pandemic measures at the time of the survey.

Thirty-eight per cent of those asked said they believed the worst of the COVID-19 crisis had passed for Canada, while 26 per cent said the worst was yet to come.

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-With files from The Canadian Press

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