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Canada The latest developments on the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada

18:41  22 september  2020
18:41  22 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

Silver lining? Cases of infectious diseases plunge amid anti-COVID measures

  Silver lining? Cases of infectious diseases plunge amid anti-COVID measures TORONTO — Lockdowns and other tough measures implemented to fight the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a dramatic decline in other infectious illnesses such as influenza and sexually transmitted infections, public health data suggest. While experts say delayed diagnoses likely contributed to the drop in reported cases, the numbers are nevertheless stark. For example, the normal incidence of influenza, which typically kills about 8,000 Canadians a year when combined with pneumonia, dropped suddenly in mid-March as anti-pandemic restrictions kept people at home and idled businesses.

The COVID - 19 pandemic in Canada is part of the ongoing worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 ( COVID - 19 ) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

COVID - 19 most commonly spreads from an infected person to another person through the following. The risk of getting COVID - 19 may be increased for travellers. If you must travel, check the latest Health Canada is closely tracking all potential drugs and vaccines in development in Canada and

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OTTAWA — The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):

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Ontario is reporting 478 new cases of COVID-19 today, along with three new deaths related to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 68 per cent of the new cases involve people under the age of 40.

The province is also reporting 52 new COVID-19 cases related to schools, including at least 26 among students.

Ontario is expected to announce part of its COVID-19 fall preparedness plan today, which comes as daily virus case counts continue to climb to levels not seen for months.

The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada

  The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 4:45 p.m. Alberta Health Services says 14 patients and four staff members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the Foothills Medical Centre. One patient has died in the outbreaks linked to the cardiac care and general medicine units. AHS says 57 staff who work in those units are in isolation. Visits aren't permitted on the affected units except in end-of-life situations. AHS says contact tracing is underway and the situation is being closely monitored. --- 3:58 p.m.

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The development of the Canadian Pandemic Influenza Preparedness: Planning Guidance for the Health Sector, which sets out guidance to The Government of Canada has undertaken significant communications and public education on COVID - 19 to inform Canadians of the Government's action

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The Canadian government will sign on to a global vaccine-procurement program and by week's end hopes to announce how much money it will pledge to the cause.

Procurement Minister Anita Anand is set to announce further deals with vaccine developers today as the federal government seeks to make sure Canadians have access to a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as one is approved.

But Canada is also joining what's known as the COVAX Facility, a global program focused on ensuring equitable access to a vaccine for all countries, regardless of their income levels.

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The federal Public Health Agency of Canada says it will release updated modelling today on the spread of COVID-19.

The agency's predictions will provide a look at what the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths might be in the short-term, based on how the virus has been spreading in recent days.

Their new figures come amid rising case counts that have seen some jurisdictions already say they are officially into a second wave of the pandemic.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2020.

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After long-term care, Quebec private seniors residences a growing COVID-19 concern .
MONTREAL — A slow but steady rise of COVID-19 cases in Quebec's private seniors residences in recent weeks is causing concern among experts and authorities, who want to avoid the disaster that befell long-term care homes during the first wave of the novel coronavirus. As of Wednesday evening, there were 39 private residences in Quebec with 180 COVID-19 cases between them listed on the government's website. Four among them were described as "critical" because more than 25 per cent of their residents were infected. In comparison, only 20 long-term care homes were listed as having cases. One facility was listed as critical.

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