Ontario reports 513 new COVID-19 cases, most in unvaccinated or partly vaccinated

THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Ontario is reporting 513 new cases of COVID-19 today, with more than 80 per cent of them in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people.

It’s the highest case total since mid-June and is based on 22,896 tests done in the previous day.

There are no new virus-related deaths reported in the province today.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 113 people are in intensive care units due to COVID-19, and just two of them are fully vaccinated.

Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy announced today that Ontario is putting an additional $2.2 billion toward COVID-19 spending, amid ongoing uncertainty about variants of concern.

He released the province’s 2021-22 first quarter finances, and says it’s important to have resources available to prepare for potential future surges in the pandemic.

Revenue projections are $2.9 billion higher than in the budget, due to stronger economic growth and increased transfers from the federal government.

The deficit projection is being revised by $700 million, down to $32.4 billion.

Bethlenfalvy didn’t specify what the $2.2 billion in new spending would go toward, saying it’s available for the government to use to protect people’s health and the economy as needed.

The increased revenues include $1.9 billion from the federal government and another approximately $1 billion from corporate taxes and land transfer taxes.