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A homeless person wearing a mask sits with his dog as people go about their daily lives during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Jan. 14, 2021.Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

Ontario is reporting 964 new COVID-19 cases today and one more death from the virus, while Quebec is reporting 875 new cases.

The numbers mark the highest daily case count recorded in the province since May 30, the last time on which new infections topped the 1,000 mark.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 519 of the new infections are among people who aren’t fully vaccinated, and 49 are in people whose vaccination status isn’t known.

The province says 135 people are hospitalized in intensive care, with 85 on ventilators.

Provincial figures show 86.3 per cent of people aged 12 and older have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, noting the immunization of kids between the ages of five and 11 continues to ramp up.

The latest case numbers are based on 29,692 completed tests.

Meanwhile, health officials in Quebec say COVID-19-related hospitalizations rose by 11 from the day before to 216, while the number of patients in intensive care remains stable at 48.

Of the new infections throughout the province, 483 involved people who were either unvaccinated or who had received a first dose within the past two weeks.

Quebec’s Health Department says 25,544 doses of vaccine were administered on Saturday, including 20,347 first doses given to children aged five through 11.

Provincial officials say 85 per cent of Quebecers five and over have now received at least one dose of vaccine, including eight per cent of children five through 11.

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé shared a message from the World Health Organization on Twitter today, reminding residents of the importance of vaccination against the latest concerning variant named Omicron.

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