Ontario’s prime minister is calling for unity after the federal election as his province prepares to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine certificate.
Doug Ford congratulated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an open letter on winning Monday’s election, saying it was a controversial campaign.
Ford says it was a divisive election in which candidates from all parties heatedly debated pandemic policies.
Ontario’s premier says “emotions are very high” on a range of issues, including vaccine certifications.
Ford says it knows many are concerned about the certificates being presented Wednesday hindering their civil liberties.
He says Ontarians should continue to do everything possible to protect the progress of the province’s tough fight against the virus.
Certificates proving that a person has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be required to enter a gym, theater or dine inside a restaurant from Wednesday.
Ontario COVID-19 Numbers
There are 574 new cases of Kovid-19 being reported in Ontario today and eight more deaths due to this virus.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says 434 of these cases are of people who have not been fully vaccinated or who have unknown vaccination status.
Elliott says 330 people are hospitalized with the virus, of whom 303 have not been fully vaccinated.
She says 179 people are in intensive care because of the virus, of whom only nine have been fully vaccinated.
The health ministry says 85.2 percent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 79.2 percent have had two doses.
The latest figures come as Ontario prepares to implement a vaccine certification system tomorrow.
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