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    On Thursday, health officials in Ontario are reporting 864 new infections of COVID-19 signifying an increase from Wednesday. On Monday there were 600 infections, Tuesday there were 577 new cases, and 593 cases on Wednesday. There are at least 348 people in Ontario hospitals due to the virus and only 29 of them are fully vaccinated.

    The seven-day rolling average increased to 731 today as it was 722 at this point last week. The Ministry of Health says the positivity rate is at 2.4 per cent as it processed 34,365 tests in the last 24-hour period. 655 of the new cases today were among those who are not vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or have an unknown status. As of Monday, 11 million people in Ontario have received the first dose and officials say about 84 per cent of eligible Canadians aged 12 and up have had one dose.

    The province is currently in Step 3 of its COVID-19 reopening plan. Indoor dining, gyms, hair salons, movies, and more are allowed to open with limited capacity and restrictions. There were 162 new cases in Toronto, 78 cases in York Region, 122 cases in Peel Region, and 31 in Durham. Ottawa logged 64 new cases, Windsor-Essex logged 50, and all other regions reported fewer than 30 new cases.

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