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A health-care worker sanitizes a partition before doors open at a COVID-19 vaccine centre in Toronto on July 23.Chris Young/The Canadian Press

A science advisory group says tens of thousands of people in Ontario are experiencing post-COVID-19 symptoms.

In a brief released today, the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table says the symptoms of so-called long COVID-19 can last from weeks to months after contracting the virus.

The group says a conservative estimate suggests between 57,000 and 78,000 Ontarians had or are currently experiencing long COVID-19 symptoms.

The most common of more than 200 different symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, general pain or discomfort, anxiety and depression.

The science group says individuals experiencing such symptoms have difficulty performing daily activities and may require increased health-care resources.

The group is also calling for more research to help the health-care system better prepare to deal with the impact of long COVID-19 in the future.

Ontario COVID-19 cases

Ontario is reporting 577 new cases of COVID-19 today and six more deaths linked to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 452 cases are in people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

Elliott says 363 people are hospitalized with the virus, 38 are fully vaccinated.

She says 192 people are in intensive care because of the illness, 183 of them are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

The Ministry of Health says that nearly 84.5 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 78.2 per cent have two doses.

A total of 21.2 million vaccine doses have been administered in the province.

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