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Canada Coronavirus live updates: 1,055 new cases bring the total number of infections over 90,000

20:55  16 october  2020
20:55  16 october  2020 Source:   montrealgazette.com

The Latest: WHO: Worldwide record 350,000 new daily cases

  The Latest: WHO: Worldwide record 350,000 new daily cases GENEVA — The World Health Organization reports a worldwide record of 350,000 new daily coronavirus cases. The U.N. health agency says the confirmed daily high of 350,766 cases surpasses by nearly 12,000 a record set earlier this week. That tally includes more than 109,000 cases from Europe. British scientists reported the coronavirus outbreak is doubling every few weeks. French hospitals are running out of ICU beds. Spain declared a state of emergency in Madrid because of soaring cases. WHO’s emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan acknowledged the worldwide surges, saying “there are no new answers.

This post will be updated throughout the day Friday, Oct. 16.

a man standing in front of a crowd: A security guard stops a client from entering the Parc Ave. COVID-19 testing site as the line backs up on to the sidewalk in Montreal Oct. 15, 2020. © Provided by The Gazette A security guard stops a client from entering the Parc Ave. COVID-19 testing site as the line backs up on to the sidewalk in Montreal Oct. 15, 2020.

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Top updates

  • Two more McDonald’s forced to close
  • Quebec records 1,055 new cases, 14 deaths
  • COVID is no excuse to impose inhumane measures on the elderly: column
  • Rate of hospitalizations expected to stabilize in Quebec: report
  • Sweden’s COVID-19 experience offers important insights: Selley
  • Jewish General Hospital seeing new types of COVID-19 patients
12:45 p.m.

Canada averaging 20 deaths a day

Canada has been averaging roughly 20 deaths a day caused by COVID-19 over the last week, Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said during a press briefing also attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Friday.

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On average, 2,300 cases were reported daily, and 170 individuals were hospitalized. About 77,000 people are tested daily in the country, with 2.4 per cent testing positive.

Canada has registered a total of 9,699 deaths to date. It now has 20,500 active cases.

Dr. Tam strongly encouraged Canadians to get their flu shots, because contracting both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, or close to the same time, puts individuals at greater risk of severe illness. Getting the flu shot also “protects you and those around you, reducing the likelihood of you spreading the flu to others.,” she said.

It will also reduce the burden on Canada’s health care system, she said.

Trudeau encouraged Canadians to join the 4.5 million who have already downloaded the federal COVID Alert application on their smartphones. All provinces with the exception of British Columbia and Alberta now employ the app.

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“If you download the app and then come into contact with someone who then tests positive, the application will alert you,” Trudeau explained.

The prime minister also sent a direct message to the nation’s young people, saying he knew the restrictions imposed have been particularly hard on them. He thanked them for their sacrifice and asked them to persevere because the restrictions will continue.

“I will continue to ask a lot you because we know you’re capable of it,” he said.

12:05 p.m.

Two more Montreal-area McDonald’s forced to close

McDonald’s Canada on Friday announced it has temporarily shut down two Montreal-area restaurants after employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Friday’s announcement brings the total number of Montreal-area outlets shut down this week to four.

The two latest cases were recorded at the McDonald’s at 12090 Sherbrooke St. E. in Montreal and at 1400 Moody Blvd. in Terrebonne.

COVID-19: York region added to provincial 'hot zone' list; Ontario reports 712 new cases, 99 in Ottawa

  COVID-19: York region added to provincial 'hot zone' list; Ontario reports 712 new cases, 99 in Ottawa What you need to know, at a glance York Region added to ‘hot zone’ list with Toronto, Peel, Ottawa Ontario has 712 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted that 713 cases have been resolved over the latest 24-hour period Hot spots for the include Toronto with 213 cases, Peel with 135 and York Region with 62 new cases Ontario reported nine new deaths Friday. 261 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 67 are in ICU and 36 of them are on ventilators Elliott says there is no shortage of flu vaccine in the province Ottawa Public Health reported 99 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,800.

In both cases, employees reported on Thursday that they had tested positive.

See the full story here.

11:35 a.m.

For Montreal restaurants, a mixture of skepticism, uncertainty and hope

When Premier François Legault announced restaurants in red zones had to close their indoor dining rooms till at least Oct. 28, many hospitality owners and workers had that all-too-familiar sinking feeling.

Most of Montreal’s industry professionals doubt the reality of the fabled 28 days of closures. And they’re not entirely sure where that leaves them.

“First of all, I don’t believe it will be 28 days”, says Dyan Solomon, co-owner of Olive + Gourmando, Foxy and Un Po Di Più. “Already we’re terrified of January and February, challenging months in the best of days. We’re all carrying debt from being closed for months and we’re just chipping, chipping away at that.”

See our full report by Joanna Fox, here.

a man standing in front of a restaurant:  “COVID-19 is going to reshape the way people eat,” says Rob Clarke of the restaurant Mano Cornuto. Mano has expanded into a curated shop with take-away and ready-made items, plus a selection of wine that Clarke is curating. © Provided by The Gazette “COVID-19 is going to reshape the way people eat,” says Rob Clarke of the restaurant Mano Cornuto. Mano has expanded into a curated shop with take-away and ready-made items, plus a selection of wine that Clarke is curating.
11:15 a.m.

Quebec registers 1,055 new cases, 14 deaths

Quebec recorded 1,055 new cases of COVID-19 over a 24-hour period, bringing the total number of people infected in the province to 91,018.

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At the same time, the public health ministry reported 14 more people have been confirmed to have died from the disease. One of the deaths occurred in the last 24 hours, 11 happened in the last week, and an additional two deaths occurred before Oct. 9.

The number of deaths in the province that have been officially linked to COVID-19 now stands at 6,018.

The number of hospitalizations increased by 14, and now stands at 507.

Of those, 87 are in intensive care, an increase of 4.

On Wednesday, 29,028 tests were taken in Quebec.

More details to come.

11 a.m.

COVID is no excuse to impose inhumane measures on the elderly

Vivian Bercovici, the former Canadian ambassador to Israel who lives in Tel Aviv, starts her column in the National Post like this:

Dear Ontario Premier Doug Ford:

Isolation, depression, loneliness and desperation will kill my 92-year-old mother before COVID does.

I reside overseas and am nearing the end of a 10-week trip to Canada to visit my mom. She lives in a private long-term care (LTC) facility in Toronto. The initial lockdown in Ontario nearly finished her off. This second iteration surely will.

Read her full column here.

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10:55 a.m.

COVID-19 hospitalizations will rise in Montreal, but not as high as feared: study

Government epidemiologists are still projecting an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the greater Montreal region in the coming weeks, but less so than their previous forecast, according to the latest report by the Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS).

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Aaron Derfel has an overview of the report here.

10:45 a.m.

Remdesivir has very little effect on Covid-19 mortality, WHO finds

Remdesivir, one of the big treatment hopes for Covid-19 and recently taken by U.S. President Donald Trump, has very little effect on preventing deaths, according to a large and comprehensive trial run by the World Health Organization.

On Oct. 8, drug maker Gilead signed a contract for 500,000 doses of the drug with the European commission – which did not know the results – at a cost of $1.3 billion Canadian.

See the full story in The Guardian here.

10:35 a.m.

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10:30 a.m.
10:20 a.m.

Rate of hospitalizations expected to stabilize in Quebec: report

The number of hospitalizations for COVID-19, which saw a steady rise over the last weeks as cases multiplied, is expected to stabilize in Quebec, according to a new report by the provincial Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS).

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In the Montreal area, however, a slight increase is forecast, but less than the rise seen in previous weeks.

“If the rate of transmission remains constant, it is not likely that hospital capacity will be overwhelmed in the Montreal region,” the report states.

The report also found that the semi-lockdown measures enforced by the government appear to have had an impact in the number of transmissions and hospitalizations.

Overall, the Institute projects the province will have enough beds to cope with its influx of COVID-19 patients over the next four weeks.

The total number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the week of Oct. 5-11 dropped by 12 per cent compared to the previous week – 6,480 vs. 7,343, the INESSS wrote in its most recent weekly report, released Friday.

Among other findings:

  • Among the new cases that presented between Oct. 5-11, 351 were at an elevated risk for hospitalization
  • There was an increase in the number of cases among individuals age 70 years old and more
  • Compared to the four weeks before, the proportion of cases among those age 70 and over is on the rise, as are cases with individuals who have other chronic diseases or conditions.

More details on this report will be coming shortly.

9:40 a.m.

Sweden’s COVID-19 experience offers important insights: Selley

Europe’s second wave of COVID-19 cases has produced a commensurate uptick in a common side-effect: Yelling At Sweden Syndrome, columnist Chris Selley writes. “The Swedish COVID-19 response is a disaster. It shouldn’t be a model for the rest of the world,” a report in Time Magazine stated.

But many of Sweden’s failings outlined in the article will sound very familiar to Canadian ears.

In coping with the next waves of this virus, and preparing for the next ones, we absolutely should not conclude from Sweden that the most draconian and legally binding restrictions on everyday life are inherently the most effective or justified, Selley argues.

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  COVID-19: Ontario reports 821 new cases, 78 new cases in Ottawa Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked by reporters about the public health messaging on how to celebrate Halloween in pandemic hot spots like Ottawa and Toronto.

Read the full column here.

a man looking at the camera:  Anders Tegnell, the state epidemiologist of the Public Health Agency of Sweden. © Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency Anders Tegnell, the state epidemiologist of the Public Health Agency of Sweden.
9:45 a.m.

Jewish General Hospital seeing new types of COVID-19 patients

Most patients today who end up being hospitalized for COVID-19 at the Jewish General Hospital are not coming from long-term care centres as they were during the first wave in the pandemic but from their own homes, according to the latest data from the Côte-des-Neiges acute-care institution.

And also unlike the first wave, when most hospitalized patients were in their 80s, the Jewish General is now treating patients in their 50s and 60s in addition to the cohort of older individuals.

“There’s virtually no one coming from the nursing homes,” said Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, executive director of the west-central health authority in charge of the hospital.

See Aaron Derfel’s full story here.

a room filled with furniture and a mirror:  Out of 21 COVID-19 patients at the Jewish General Hospital on Thursday, only one has come from a long-term care centre. The others all came from their homes. © Provided by The Gazette Out of 21 COVID-19 patients at the Jewish General Hospital on Thursday, only one has come from a long-term care centre. The others all came from their homes.
9 a.m.

Canada records additional 35 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 the Canada COVID-19 Situational Awareness Dashboard.

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8:45 a.m.

Montrealers can get tested at 18 clinics today

Montrealers can be screened at 18 test centres across the island.

You can check screening clinic wait times here .

8:30 a.m.

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