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Optimism in Ontario as it records its first day without a COVID-19 death in months

Families and youth aged 12 and older line up for a COVID-19 vaccine at Gordon A Brown Middle School in Toronto Wednesday May 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

On Wednesday, Ontario reported fewer than 200 new COVID-19 cases and zero deaths

Officials say of recent cases, between mid-May and June, more than 80 per cent were among unvaccinated people

Ontario hasn't reported a day without a new death since October

TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – For the first time since October, Ontario has reported no new deaths from COVID-19.

Officials reported on Wednesday there were 194 new cases of the coronavirus, marking the third-straight day the province recorded fewer than 200 new infections. Furthering the optimism, the number of ICU patients has dropped to the lowest point since early December.

Officials say of recent cases, between mid-May and June, more than 80 per cent were among unvaccinated people. Individuals with just one shot made up 15 per cent of those cases, and only one per cent were fully vaccinated.

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Meanwhile, in B.C., efforts are ramping up to get more shots in arms. While about 78 per cent of the eligible population have received one shot, more than half have not received a second.

On Tuesday, B.C. reported 46 new cases of COVID-19, and no new deaths. Of the active cases, 87 individuals were in hospital and 22 were in intensive care.

In other provinces, new deaths have been reported in recent days as overall case counts continue to decline.

Quebec reported on Wednesday 103 new COVID-19 infections and one more death attributed to the novel coronavirus.

Alberta had 33 new cases and two additional deaths. Seventy-three per cent of Albertans have received their first dose, and almost 50 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Across the country, 70 per cent of Canadians have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Health Canada says 31 per cent of the population 12 years and older are now fully vaccinated, a difference of nine per cent over the previous week.

Overall, more females than males have received a COVID-19 vaccine, and older Canadians aged 80 and older remain the highest age group to be vaccinated.