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Canada COVID-19: AstraZeneca vaccine investigated; study finds no clear link between school openings and surge

23:15  01 october  2020
23:15  01 october  2020 Source:   ottawacitizen.com

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Here are your local, national and worldwide COVID-19 updates for October 1, 2020.

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COVID-19 NEWS IN CANADA

-Health Canada has given the green light to a rapid test for COVID-19 .

The department posted news of the approval of the Abbott Diagnostics ID Now test this afternoon, a day after the government said it had a deal to buy nearly eight million of the tests from the company.

-Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Canada Infrastructure Bank intends to invest $10 billion in projects expected to create 60,000 jobs while contributing to the fight against climate change. That includes $1.5 billion for agricultural infrastructure in Western Canada and $2 billion for broadband to expand access to high-speed internet service across the country.

It also includes $2.5 billion for clean power, $1.5 billion for zero-emission buses and $2 billion for energy-efficient building retrofits. Trudeau made the announcement at a news conference today alongside the new chair of the bank’s board, Michael Sabia, and Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna.

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-The federal government is in negotiations with all remaining provinces that have not yet adopted the national COVID Alert app. Manitoba is live today, and Quebec is to follow in the next few days. Marika Nadeau, with the COVID Alert task force, says British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island are in the final stages of discussions as well.

ONTARIO

-Ontario reported 538 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and three additional deaths. Of the new cases reported in Ontario Thursday, 66 were recorded in Ottawa, 229 were in Toronto, and 101 were in Peel. There are now 162 Ontarians hospitalized with the disease, including 36 in ICU and 17 on ventilators.

-Personal support workers in Ontario will be getting a “much deserved” $3-per-hour pay raise, effective immediately, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Thursday.

-Four major home-care providers are asking the Ontario government to increase support for their sector, saying it would reduce pressure on a health-care system burdened by COVID-19. The companies — Bayshore HealthCare, Closing the Gap Healthcare, VON Canada, and SE Health — say bolstering home care will allow long-term care homes and hospitals to operate more efficiently.

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Ontario could see around 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 every day in the first half of October , a new modelling projection released by the province on Wednesday concludes. As they did during the first wave of the pandemic in Ontario, officials shared sobering numbers that speak to the potential trajectory of the second wave and its consequences – including overwhelmed intensive care units.

-Two more Ottawans have died after contracting COVID-19, marking the fifth day in a row that at least one COVID-19 death has been reported locally. With 66 new cases recorded Thursday, the number of active cases across the city now sits at 677. Seventeen people have been hospitalized with the disease, including three in ICU.

QUEBEC

Quebec has recorded 933 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning. That’s the biggest one-day caseload increase since early May. Montreal reported the most cases: 319. The province has now passed the 75,000 mark, with a total of 75,221 cases confirmed since the beginning of the pandemic.

Sixteen new deaths were reported – two over the past 24 hours, 12 between Sept. 24 and 29, and two more before Sept. 24.

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Arguing a minority of negligent citizens who refuse to follow the rules cannot be allowed to threaten lives of the majority, the Legault government Wednesday brought the hammer down in a desperate effort to quash the growing second wave of COVID-19.

Holding a house party with friends could result in a stiff $1,000 ticket that police can issue on the spot like a speeding violation. From now on, police will be allowed to issue tickets similar to the ones they issue on the roads to people in red zones who continue to hold parties and illegal assemblies. If a person refuses to open the door or co-operate, police can remotely ask a judge for a warrant to intervene.

Jehangir Karamat holding a birthday cake:  Abida Begum, 55, a housewife, shows a picture on her phone of her son-in-law Luqman Ahmed, a factory worker, who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as she poses for a photograph, in New Delhi, India, September 26, 2020. © ADNAN ABIDI Abida Begum, 55, a housewife, shows a picture on her phone of her son-in-law Luqman Ahmed, a factory worker, who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as she poses for a photograph, in New Delhi, India, September 26, 2020.

WORLDWIDE CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

-There are now more than 34 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide and the death toll has surpassed 1,015,000, according to Johns Hopkins University .

SCHOOLS

-Widespread reopening of schools after lockdowns and vacations is generally not linked to rising COVID-19 rates, a study of 191 countries has found , but lockdown closures will leave a 2020 “pandemic learning debt” of 300 billion missed school days.

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The analysis, by the Zurich-based independent educational foundation Insights for Education, said 84% of those 300 billion days would be lost by children in poorer countries, and warned that 711 million pupils were still out of school.

VACCINE STUDY

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has broadened its investigation of a serious illness in AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine study and will look at data from earlier trials of similar vaccines developed by the same scientists, three sources familiar with the details told Reuters. AstraZeneca’s large, late-stage U.S. trial has remained on hold since Sept. 6, after a study participant in Britain fell ill with what was believed to be a rare spinal inflammatory disorder called transverse myelitis.

The widened scope of the FDA probe raises the likelihood of additional delays for what has been one of the most advanced COVID-19 vaccine candidates in development.

HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE

A malaria drug taken by U.S. President Donald Trump to prevent COVID-19 did not show any benefit versus placebo in reducing coronavirus infection among healthcare workers, according to clinical trial results published on Wednesday. The study largely confirms results from a clinical trial in June that showed hydroxychloroquine was ineffective in preventing infection among people exposed to the new coronavirus.

Trump began backing hydroxychloroquine early in the pandemic and told reporters in May he started taking the drug after two White House staffers tested positive for COVID-19. Studies have found the drug to offer little benefit as a treatment.

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a man standing in front of a door:  A health worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) waits to collect swab samples from residents for Covid-19 coronavirus tests at a temporarory collection centre in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on October 1, 2020. © NOAH SEELAM A health worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) waits to collect swab samples from residents for Covid-19 coronavirus tests at a temporarory collection centre in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on October 1, 2020.

ENGLAND

There was a 61% increase in positive COVID-19 cases in England’s latest weekly data, with more than four times the number of cases recorded as there were at the end of August, the health service’s test and trace scheme said on Thursday.

“31,373 people tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) for the first time in England between 17 September and 23 September, a 61% increase compared to the previous week,” NHS Test and Trace said.

SPAIN

Madrid will become the first European capital to go back into lockdown in coming days after the region’s leader reluctantly agreed on Thursday to obey a central government order to ban non-essential travel to and from the Spanish capital.

ITALY

Italy has registered 2,548 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday, the first time the country has exceeded 2,000 cases in a single day since the end of April. There were 24 COVID-related deaths on Thursday against 19 the day before — far fewer than at the height of the pandemic in Italy in March and April.

THE NETHERLANDS

Coronavirus infections have led to thousands more deaths in the Netherlands than officially registered, data released by the nation’s statistics agency on Thursday showed. At least 10,000 people in the country of 17 million are likely to have died of COVID-19 during the first wave of infections between March and June, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said.

Health authorities had reported a total of 6,406 deaths as a result of confirmed coronavirus infections up until Wednesday. The difference could be caused by positive tests not being reported to the health authorities, the statistics agency said.

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RUSSIA

Russia confirmed its highest daily tally of new coronavirus cases since June 12 on Thursday as authorities reported 8,945 new infections, pushing the national total to 1,185,231. Authorities said 169 people had died nationwide in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 20,891.

Mayor of Mosow Sergei Sobyanin said on Thursday that the infection rate in the city had become very dangerous, with the number of new cases rising by around 2,000 per day, and ordered employers to transfer at least 30% of staff to remote work.

POLAND

Poland reported a record number of new daily coronavirus infections on Thursday, with the Health Ministry announcing 1,967 new cases as it battles a rise in cases with new curbs. For the past week, Poland has seen more than 1,000 new cases per day. The authorities announced a previous record of 1,587 new infections on Friday.

Since the start of the pandemic, Poland has recorded a total of 93,481 coronavirus infections and 2,543 deaths.

ITALY

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday he would ask parliament to extend the country’s COVID-19 state of emergency to the end of January, as the government tries to avoid the surge in cases seen in other European countries. The state of emergency, due to expire in mid-October, gives greater powers to central government, making it easier for officials to bypass the bureaucracy that smothers much decision-making in Italy.

SWEDEN

Sweden registered 752 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the highest daily rise since June , Health Agency statistics showed, the latest in a steady rise in infections in recent weeks after months of limited spread during the summer holiday season. Deaths from COVID-19 have also slowed to a trickle with not a single new fatality being recorded on Thursday. However, the rise in daily cases was the highest since June 30, when Sweden registered just over 800 new cases.

Chief Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, the architect of a soft-touch pandemic strategy aimed at limiting rather than eradicating the disease, said the upturn in cases was primarily linked to young people and outbreaks at work places.

Kentucky's John Calipari fires back at Louisville's Chris Mack in video: 'Out of his mind' .
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has fired back at Louisville coach Chris Mack's complaints about scheduling in a voting PSA video.Seemingly in response to Mack's Twitter video alleging Calipari and Kentucky were leaving out key facts in the debate about whether the annual basketball rivalry game would be played between the two schools this year, Calipari tweeted a video Wednesday evening that starts with him saying, "I know you've been waiting for me to talk, because there's all kind of important things to talk about.

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