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Canada COVID-19: Ontario breaks daily record with 1,050 new cases; 28 new cases in Ottawa

20:25  03 november  2020
20:25  03 november  2020 Source:   ottawacitizen.com

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Ottawa Public Health has reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours ending at 2 p.m. Monday.

It was the lowest daily count of new cases in weeks.

OPH reported two new deaths and 51 people are hospitalized, four of them in ICU.

The health region now has 718 active cases.

There were two new outbreaks in care facilities, with 34 outbreaks now ongoing. There were no new outbreaks in schools or child care facilities, where there are now 19 ongoing outbreaks. Two new outbreaks were reported in community or workplace sites.

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OPH noted there were only 790 COVID-19 tests on Monday, and performed 2,254 laboratory tests.

Ontario

Ontario reported 1,050 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, its highest-ever daily tally of new infections.

Toronto registered 408 new cases, 212 in Peel, 86 in Halton, 76 in York Region, and 57 in Durham. It also logged another 14 COVID-19 deaths, bringing the province’s pandemic death toll to 3,166.

There are now 357 people hospitalized with the disease provincewide, including 73 in ICU and 47 on ventilators.

In the public health unit regions surrounding Ottawa, the COVID-19 case total rose by 11 in Eastern Ontario in the last day, by three in Renfrew County and District, and by one in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington.

Health officials said last week that the growth of COVID-19 in Ontario appeared to be slowing, and that the province was expected to settle into a range of 800 to 1,200 new daily cases for the next several weeks.

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Quebec

The number of new cases has fallen below 900 in Quebec for the first time in more than a week but deaths and hospitalizations are on the rise.

The province reported 871 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday morning.

Thirty-four new deaths were reported, including five over the past 24 hours. Of the rest, 25 occurred between Oct. 27 and Nov. 1 and four before Oct. 27.

A total of 526 people are in hospital with COVID-19. That’s a jump of 27 compared to the previous day.

Among those in hospital, 85 are in intensive care, an increase of four.

There were 31 new cases reported in the Outaouais region. The death toll was unchanged at 46.

Since the start of the pandemic, Quebec has recorded 108,889 cases and 6,317 deaths.

National

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that the rising COVID-19 levels in Europe are a “wakeup call” for Canadians and repeated cautions to limit personal contacts and to continue to practice social distancing and hand-washing.

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Canada tabled legislation Tuesday with new financial supports to help businesses during the pandemic — including a redrafted commercial rent subsidy program to replace the federal government’s much-criticized rent assistance benefit.

“The only way we are going to get through this crisis is by ensuring Canadians are supported — especially our essential, hard-working small business owners across Canada. This legislation is an important next step in delivering the emergency help they need,” Minister of Small Business Mary Ng said in a statement.

The new measures include the introduction of the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, CERS, which replaces the the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program. It also includes a new “lockdown support” to aid businesses ordered to close by a public health order. The legislation also extends the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy until June 2021.

The prime minister also said the federal government is working on making sure the country has enough influenza vaccine for everyone who wants a shot.

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He said officials are particularly trying to get more doses to Ontario, where demand for the vaccine has outstripped supply.

Public health officials have said as many people as possible should get flu shots this year, to reduce the risk of catching the flu and COVID-19 at the same time and so influenza cases don’t put needless strain on health facilities.

The difficulty getting enough flu vaccine and getting it into willing patients is seen as a practice round for distributing an eventual vaccine for COVID-19

Dr. Theresa Tam says Canada has about 30,000 active cases of COVID-19.

In a briefing in Ottawa, she says the average day in the past week has seen about 1,100 people in hospital with the illness, a sign that people are getting sicker.

Tam also made a pitch for Canadians to wear three-layer masks, with an internal filter layer, to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others.

She noted that the “science of masks” is evolving and could lead to more adjustments as the pandemic continues.

Tam said that Ottawa medical officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches “knows her municipality” better than others and, generally speaking, Tam said Etches’ recommendations on “learning to live with COVID-19” made sense.

But Tam said in such a scenario it was crucial that general COVID-19 measures, such as mask usage, physical distancing and hand cleanliness “needs to become a habit” for residents.

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-With files from Postmedia and The Canadian Press

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