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Canada Coronavirus live updates: Quebec reports 1,203 new cases — 844 from last 24 hours

21:20  14 october  2020
21:20  14 october  2020 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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This post will be updated throughout the day Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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Top updates

  • Trudeau to keep border with U.S. closed until cases drop
  • Quebec nurses to refuse to work overtime Oct. 24, 25
  • Quebec records 844 new cases, six more deaths
  • McDonald’s closes restaurant after employee tests positive
  • Quebec pharmacies fear flu vaccine shortage
  • Massive workplace outbreaks unlikely in Montreal, Drouin says
12:35 p.m.

Trudeau to keep border with U.S. closed until cases drop

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he plans to keep Canada’s borders closed as long as coronavirus cases remain elevated in the U.S.

Coronavirus live updates: Quebec reports single-day record of 1,364 new cases

  Coronavirus live updates: Quebec reports single-day record of 1,364 new cases Check this post throughout the day on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Questions/comments: ariga@postmedia.com Top updates Quebec reports single-day record of 1,364 new cases Province also adds 17 additional deaths and 36 more hospitalizations Trudeau talks pandemic with Plante Trump tweet angers pandemic survivors Quebec embraces app, tightens rules for schools, sports Opinion: How many times do we have to say ‘I told you so’? Most Quebecers want Halloween cancelled: poll More below 11:05 a.m. Quebec reports single-day record of 1,364 new cases (This item is being updated) Quebec has recorded 1,364 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

“We have committed to keeping Canadians safe and we keep extending the border closures because the States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders,” the prime minister said Wednesday in an interview with a radio station in Winnipeg.

Trudeau closed Canada’s international borders to non-essential travel in March when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Similar restrictions went into effect along the U.S.-Canada border with exemptions for trade.

See the full story here.

12:05 p.m.

Dutch woman dies after catching COVID-19 twice

An elderly Dutch woman has become the first known person to die from catching Covid-19 twice, according to experts, raising serious questions about how long immunity and antibodies can last.

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  Coronavirus live updates: ‘Our mission this weekend is to starve the virus’ – Legault Check this post throughout the day on Friday, Oct. 9. Questions/comments: ariga@postmedia.com Top updates ‘Our mission this weekend is to starve the virus’ – Legault Quebec reports 1,102 cases, 22 deaths and eight more hospitalizations Opinion: Shutting down the dangerous agents of disinformation U.S. consulate fires Montreal chef for refusing to work during red alert Vaccine still months away but review team working to speed approvals Montrealers can get tested at 20 clinics today More below 12:40 p.m.

The woman, 89, suffered from a rare type of bone marrow cancer.

This is the first time someone is reported to have died from a second spell of coronavirus. However there have been some reported cases of reinfection worldwide, most recently a 25-year-old resident of Washoe County in Nevada in the United States.

See the full story here from CNN:

11:55 a.m.

Ontario reports 721 COVID-19 cases

11:20 a.m.

Quebec nurses to refuse to work overtime Oct. 24, 25

Quebec nurses represented by the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé (FIQ) will refuse to work overtime on Oct. 24 and 25.

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The FIQ, which represents 76,000 nurses and other health professionals, had threatened the action five days ago and is describing the overtime strike as two days “without forced work.” The union has said that while members can work overtime on those days on a voluntary basis, all management-ordered work past shift will be refused.

The overtime refusals are part of a pressure campaign by the union on the provincial government as negotiations for a new contract continue. The last contract expired March 31.

See our full story here.

11:10 a.m.

Quebec records 844 new cases, six more deaths

Quebec reported 844 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The province also added 359 cases to the figures reported the previous three days, saying they had previously gone uncounted due to a technical error.

A total of 88,994 cases have now been confirmed in Quebec. With the addition of the 359 new cases, Quebec’s average number of daily cases recorded over the last week now stands at 1,011, the highest toll in Canada.

The province also registered six more deaths, including one that occurred in the last 24 hours. Four more occurred last week, and another happened on an unknown date. Quebec has now registered 5,976 deaths that have been confirmed as being linked to COVID-19.

Canada has reported over 2,000 new coronavirus cases for nearly 2 weeks straight

  Canada has reported over 2,000 new coronavirus cases for nearly 2 weeks straight Wednesday also saw nine more deaths reported, bringing the death toll to 9,663. A total of 159,351 patients have recovered, leaving 20,176 active cases. In addition to the 359 historical cases, Quebec reported 844 new cases on Wednesday and six additional deaths, although just one of those patients died over the past 24 hours. The province remains the jurisdiction hardest hit by the pandemic, with 88,994 cases and 5,976 deaths to date. A total of 74,483 people have recovered so far. Ontario reported 721 new cases and no new deaths.

The number of hospitalizations has increased by 20, with a total of 488 patients in hospital beds. Of those, 80 are in intensive care, a decrease of five patients from the day before.

On Monday, 20,959 tests were taken in the province.

More details to come

10:50 a.m.

WestJet slashes flights to Atlantic provinces, Quebec City

Canadian airliner WestJet announced today it is indefinitely suspending operations to Moncton, Fredericton, Sydney and Charlottetown while significantly reducing service to Halifax and St. John’s. Service between Quebec City and Toronto is also to be suspended.

Before the pandemic, WestJet flew Quebec City to Toronto three times a day. It was reduced to four times a week during the outbreak.

The suspension eliminates more than 100 flights weekly or almost 80 per cent of seat capacity from the Atlantic region starting Nov. 2.

“It has become unviable to serve these markets and these decisions were regrettably inevitable as demand is being obliterated by the Atlantic bubble and third-party fee increases,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO, in a statement issued by the company.

You can see the full statement and list of cutbacks here, and a full story on the cuts here.

a large air plane on a cloudy day:  WestJet is eliminating more than 100 flights weekly or almost 80 per cent of seat capacity from the Atlantic region starting Nov. 2. © Darryl Dyck/Bloomberg files WestJet is eliminating more than 100 flights weekly or almost 80 per cent of seat capacity from the Atlantic region starting Nov. 2.
10:35 a.m.

Dry indoor winter conditions can help spread virus: study

A Japanese supercomputer showed that humidity can have a large effect on the dispersion of virus particles, pointing to heightened coronavirus contagion risks in dry, indoor conditions during the winter months.

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The finding suggests that the use of humidifiers may help limit infections during times when window ventilation is not possible, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Air humidity of lower than 30 per cent resulted in more than double the amount of aerosolized particles compared to levels of 60 per cent or higher, the simulations showed.

The study also indicated that clear face shields are not as effective as masks in preventing the spread of aerosols.

Read the full story here.

10:30 a.m.

Canadians divided over mandatory COVID-19 vaccines: poll

Canadians appear to be turning against mandatory COVID-19 inoculations whenever a vaccine becomes available, with a new poll suggesting the number of people opposed to the idea is growing.

Only 39 per cent of respondents said getting a vaccine should be mandatory, a decline of 18 percentage points from a similar poll conducted in July and more than 20 points lower than in May.

See our full story here.

10:15 a.m.

McDonald’s closes Montreal restaurant after employee tests positive

McDonald’s has temporarily shut down its restaurant at 7645 St-Michel Blvd. after an employee reported on Tuesday they had tested positive for COVID-19.

The last shift worked by the employee was on Oct. 11 from noon to 4:20 p.m. Any customer who visited the restaurant on Oct. 11 is urged to follow the directives of the province’s public health authorities.

See the full story here.

9:15 a.m.

Quebec pharmacies fear flu vaccine shortage

Some pharmacies in Quebec are already facing shortages of flu vaccines because of pandemic-induced interest — and flu season hasn’t even started yet, says the head of the association representing pharmacy owners in the province.

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Quebec pharmacies more than doubled their order of flu vaccine for seniors and anyone else who’s eligible for a free flu shot this year to 650,000 doses from just over 300,000 last year in anticipation of greater demand, he said.

See our full story here by Linda Gyulai.

a man standing in a kitchen:  “Our appointment slots are booking up quickly,” said Benoit Morin, president of the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires. © Provided by The Gazette “Our appointment slots are booking up quickly,” said Benoit Morin, president of the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires.
9 a.m.

Massive workplace outbreaks unlikely in Montreal, Drouin says

Montreal’s top public health official said she’s optimistic local businesses can navigate through the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and avoid massive outbreaks that would trigger company shutdowns.

Fifty-eight workplace outbreaks were ongoing in Montreal as of Friday, affecting 212 workers, for a total of 362 incidents since the pandemic began, public health director Mylène Drouin said Tuesday. Montreal has more than 60,000 company workplaces, she added.

See our full story by Frédéric Tomesco here.

a woman wearing glasses:  Montreal public health director Mylène Drouin. © Provided by The Gazette Montreal public health director Mylène Drouin.
9 a.m.

Canada records additional 27 deaths

Quebec, with about 23 per cent of Canada’s population, has reported just over 50 per cent of the country’s cases over the past two weeks, according to to the Canada COVID-19 Situational Awareness Dashboard.

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8:45 a.m.

Montrealers can get tested at 19 clinics today

Montrealers can be screened at 19 test centres across the island.

You can check screening clinic wait times here .

8:30 a.m.

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