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Ontario reports 1,691 new cases of COVID-19, 15 deaths, 140,000 vaccinations

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The number of deaths in Saskatchewan related to COVID-19 now sits at 524.

There were no new outbreaks reported in the health care or child care categories, which have 15 and five ongoing outbreaks respectively.

Today's cases are lower than Saturday's 1,794, Friday's 1,890, Thursday's 2,400, and Monday's 2,170, but higher than Wednesday's 1,588 and Tuesday's 1,616. North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 23 active cases and North Central 3 has 36 active cases. According to Premier Doug Ford, the province hit a new milestone on Friday, delivering more than 190,000 doses of vaccine in one day.

In total, 526 people have died due to COVID-19.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 522,465 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 493,179 recoveries and 8,614 deaths, of which 3,947 were individuals living in long-term care facilities. The lastest death, a man in his 70s, was reported on Friday. The majority of the variants-1,020 of the cases-are B.1.1.7.

Another 9,513 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed. These cases are located in the Far North Central (Athabasca), one; Far North West, 13; Far North East, 22; North Central, one.

In Toronto, the city is encouraging residents to get vaccinated this weekend as part of its "Long Weekend Dose Drive" across its network of nine city-run clinics.

Youth 12 or older officially became eligible to register for an appointment through provincial channels as of Sunday morning. The province said this achieves the last step in Saskatchewan's age-based first dose immunization program.

One case deemed to be an out-of-province resident has been removed from the Regina zone. Other regions with identified cases included Regina, Saskatoon, Far North East, Central West, Central East, South West, South Central and South East. Four cases are pending residence information.

There are no new lineage results reported today.

Hospitalizations fell to 1,041, however, as is the case on the weekends a number of hospitals have not submitted their data to the province.

The region's total overall case count is now at 11,983.

The province releases the update on the numbers each Thursday.

There were 2,520 newly resolved case of the virus.

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