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Canada COVID-19: Ontario reports 1,009 new cases; PM confirms Canada to receive vaccines after drugmakers' home countries

20:10  24 november  2020
20:10  24 november  2020 Source:   ottawacitizen.com

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Ontario reported 1,009 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 14 new deaths on Tuesday. That brings the total number of cases in the province to 106,510 since January, while the overall death toll rose to 3,519.

However, there was some confusion over the actual number of cases.

On its website, Ontario Public Health said: “Due to technical issues, instead of cases up until 12:00 p.m. on November 22, yesterday’s report contained cases reported in (the province’s database) up until 8:30 p.m. on November 22, resulting in an overestimate of the daily counts yesterday, and an underestimate of the daily counts today.”

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Toronto and Peel remain the hardest-hit areas in the province, reporting 497 and 175 new cases, respectively.

Ottawa saw an increase of 19 new cases, according to Ontario Health.

Ottawa Public Health will release its own statistics, which can differ from the Ontario numbers, later Tuesday. OPH said Tuesday their data was not affected by the provincial glitch.

Outside of Ottawa, there were four new cases reported Tuesday in Eastern Ontario, including two by Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and one each by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.

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As of Monday afternoon, there were 534 people hospitalized in Ontario with COVID-19, including 159 in intensive care.

Local

Ottawa Public Health reported 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the city’s overall case count since January to 8,212.

There are currently 323 active cases. Additionally, OPH reported one new death related to COVID-19, bringing the city’s total to 367.

There are 30 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Ottawa, two of them in intensive care.

There remain 28 ongoing outbreaks, including 19 at healthcare facilities, six in childcare institutions or schools, and three in the community.

The OPH said Tuesday their data was not affected by the provincial glitch.

National

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said that Canada’s lack of production facilities to manufacture a vaccine for COVID-19 means the country may not receive a vaccine as soon as other countries.

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Ontario reported 606 new cases of COVID - 19 Monday, the largest single-day increase since the outbreak began in late January. "We have so far avoided the worst case scenario we were dreading, we avoided the devastation that we faced in other countries ." He went on to caution however that the

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“Canada no longer has any domestic production capacity for vaccines. We used to have it, decades ago, but we no longer have it.

“Countries like the United States, Germany and the U.K. do have domestic pharmaceutical facilities, which is why they’re obviously going to prioritize helping their citizens first.”

To that end, he said, Canada has signed numerous agreements with producers to assure there will be millions of vaccines available, while investing in domestic production so the country isn’t similarly caught short in future.

“We know that without a vaccine we don’t get through this pandemic,” Trudeau added, noting that “it is premature to start circling dates on a calendar or saying that this vaccine is going to arrive in this amount on this day in this community, because there is still a lot of work to do between now and then.”

At a later briefing, Dr. Theresa Tam said wrestling COVID-19 back under control depends heavily on individual Canadians restricting their activities.

Canada’s chief public health officer says the country is facing outbreaks in places that didn’t have them during the first wave of the pandemic in the spring.

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And after the current second wave hit younger adults first, more and more cases are being reported in older, more vulnerable people.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says on an average day in the past week, more than 2,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 and 70 people died.

Tam says we know more now about the virus that causes the illness, and especially how it spreads, but Canadians have to put that knowledge to use by running only essential errands and restricting their social interactions to their own households.

Quebec

New cases in Quebec are on the decline but deaths are mounting. And after dropping for two days, the number of hospitalizations rose again.

Quebec recorded 1,124 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government Monday, 40 fewer than Monday’s report.

There were 64 new cases reported in the Outaouais and five new deaths, bringing the totals to 3,399 cases and 76 deaths since the pandemic began.

Forty-five new deaths were reported, including nine over the past 24 hours. Of the rest, 34 occurred between Nov. 17 and 22, and two before Nov. 17.

It was the largest number of deaths announced in one day since mid-June.

Twenty-one more people are in hospital with COVID-19, for a total of 655.

Among those in hospital, 96 are in intensive care, two fewer than the previous day.

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Province

Almost two-thirds of university students, and fully three-quarters of faculty and academic librarians, believe that online learning has had a negative impact on the quality of education delivered, according to poll results released Tuesday.

The poll, commissioned by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, included 2,700 respondents,.

“As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the scramble to move courses online, we have lost that human connection and educational quality has suffered,” said association president Rahul Sapra.

The survey further indicated that financial security, care demands and work-life balance are all significant stressors for both groups.

Kayla Weiler, Ontario representative of the Canadian Federation of Student, says that the quality and affordability of education has been a concern of students since the beginning of the pandemic. “These results further indicate that universities and the Ontario government must take action to improve learning and working conditions.”

Meanwhile, a group of more than 40 Ontario physicians, engineers and other professionals is urging the province to update its COVID-19 guidelines to better address the importance of ventilation.

“With winter approaching, our activities are moving indoors and it is therefore imperative that public institutions, workplaces and individuals understand the risk of aerosol transmission as well as the actions that can be taken to combat it,” the group noted in a letter sent Tuesday to Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Christine Elliott, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams and Public Health Ontario vice-president Dr. Brian Schwartz.

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Among the recommendations the group seeks

  • Promoting strategies to reduce the risk of transmission in homes and businesses, including indoor mask-wearing even when distanced, routinely opening windows, regular HVAC maintenance, and turning on vented range hoods and bathroom exhaust fans;
  • Mandate and fund ventilation assessments and upgrades at such essential public institutions as schools and long-term care homes
  • Promote portable air filtration units; and
  • Engage engineers and other ventilation specialists to develop ventilation standards for indoor institutions and integrate these standards into the reopening guidelines for businesses where there is a higher risk of aerosol transmission, including restaurants, bars and gyms.

“Experts warn that future respiratory viral pandemics are likely,” the letter adds. “Investing in ventilation and indoor air quality now will save lives and prevent economic hardship in the future.”

-With files from The Canadian Press

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