•   
  •   
  •   

Canada COVID-19 live updates: With situation improving, Quebec loosens restrictions in some regions

20:50  04 may  2021
20:50  04 may  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

COVID protocol-related absences: 04/25

  COVID protocol-related absences: 04/25 Each day, the NHL will publicly release the list of players that are unavailable to their respective teams due to being in COVID-19 Protocol. Here is today’s list: Calgary – Josh Leivo Colorado – Joonas Donskoi, Mikko Rantanen New Jersey – P.K.Calgary – Josh Leivo

François Legault, Christian Dubé are posing for a picture: Quebec Premier François Legault speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at the legislature in Quebec City, as Health Minister Christian Dubé looks on. © Provided by The Gazette Quebec Premier François Legault speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at the legislature in Quebec City, as Health Minister Christian Dubé looks on.

Updated throughout the day on Tuesday, May 4. Questions/comments: ariga@postmedia.com

Top updates

  • With situation improving, Quebec loosens restrictions in some regions
  • Moderna vaccine shipment will arrive a week early, Trudeau says
  • Canadian pharmacists ‘disappointed,’ worried NACI advice will stoke vaccine hesitancy
  • Quebec reports 797 new cases, 16 deaths as hospitalizations rise
  • 10,000 vaccination appointments remain for people age 55-59, Dubé says
  • Video: ‘Relieved’ Montrealers enjoy extra 90 minutes outside as curfew moves back to 9:30 p.m.
  • Montreal’s first drive-through vaccination site to open at Trudeau airport
  • Opinion: Forget ID — what if you needed a vaccine passport to get into a bar?
  • NACI advice on ‘preferred vaccines’ for COVID-19 sparks confusion, anger
  • Canadians should wait for Pfizer or Moderna vaccine if they can, federal advisory committee says
  • Everything you need to know about getting COVID-19 vaccinations in Quebec
  • Sign up for our free nightly coronavirus newsletter
1:15 p.m.

With situation improving, Quebec loosens restrictions in some regions

With the pandemic situation improving, Quebec is loosening restrictions in several parts of the province, Premier François Legault told a press conference this afternoon.

COVID protocol-related absences: 04/27/21

  COVID protocol-related absences: 04/27/21 Each day, the NHL will publicly release the list of players that are unavailable to their respective teams due to being in COVID-19 Protocol. Here is today’s list: Anaheim – Adam Henrique Calgary – Josh Leivo Montreal – TBA New Jersey – P.K.Anaheim – Adam Henrique

In the Quebec City region, including Lévis, Bellechasse and Montmagny-L’Islet, as of Monday, May 10:

  • High school students will return to classrooms.
  • Non-essential stores can reopen.
  • The curfew will go back to 9:30 p.m.

Also on Monday:

  • The Abitibi-Témiscamingue region will move from Orange to the less severe Yellow alert level.
  • In the Outaouais, elementary schools will reopen.

The situation is not stable everywhere, however.

That’s why the government must impose new restrictions in some areas, Legault said.

For example, as of midnight, non-essential businesses must close in the Granit regional municipality in the Eastern Townships. The curfew in that area will begin at 8 p.m., and high school students will move to remote learning.

COVID-19 live updates: Quebec reports 919 cases, 5 deaths as hospitalizations continue to fall

  COVID-19 live updates: Quebec reports 919 cases, 5 deaths as hospitalizations continue to fall Updated throughout the day on Friday, May 7. Questions/comments: ariga@postmedia.com Top updates COVID-19 rapid tests going to more businesses Quebec reports 919 cases, 5 deaths as hospitalizations continue to fall Sleepaway camps given green light in Quebec, but they say they need financial aid ‘Escape variant’ may be behind deadly second wave in India 86% of Quebecers say they have been vaccinated or plan to get the shot: poll Quebec must prioritize mental health of adolescents, pediatricians say Province administers record 102,700 vaccine doses Some Montreal teens say they’re apprehensive about getting vaccinated Judge approves settlement in Herron class-action suit

Health Minister Christian Dubé

12:10 p.m.

Moderna vaccine shipment will arrive a week early, Trudeau says

Canada is receiving a shipment of Moderna vaccine a week earlier than expected.

At a briefing today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is picking up its next shipment of Moderna vaccine tonight in Europe.

By tomorrow morning, one million Moderna doses will be on the ground in Canada.

Trudeau also said that this week, just like every week in May, Canada is receiving two million doses from Pfizer-BioNTech alone.

11:30 a.m.

Trudeau says he is glad he got AstraZeneca, vaccines are only way out of pandemic

From The Canadian Press:

COVID-19 live updates: Quebec reports 1,094 new cases, 12 more deaths

  COVID-19 live updates: Quebec reports 1,094 new cases, 12 more deaths This post will be updated throughout the day on Wednesday, April 28. Questions/comments: rbruemmer@postmedia.com Top updates Quebec reports 1,094 new cases, 12 more deaths COVID-19 outbreak strikes vaccinated ER staff at St. Mary’s Hospital Quebec shows encouraging signs on outbreaks, transmission Pregnant Quebecers can register for vaccination Quebec wants ‘maximum’ number of students to return to campus this fall Analysis: Give Quebecers an incentive to get vaccinated, expert says COVID-19 puts brakes on Montreal’s Grand Prix: reports Woman’s AstraZeneca-related death in Quebec is first in Canada Allison Hanes: Longing for our turn in the vaccination line Where

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the only way Canada brings the pandemic to a close is for everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible, amid a flurry of fear and frustration over new advice from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

“On a personal level, I am extremely pleased that I got the AstraZeneca vaccine a number of weeks ago,” he said.

“It was extremely important to me to be able to protect my loved ones, to protect my family and to do my part, to ensure that all Canadians get through this as quickly as possible. And that’s the reality. We all want to get through this pandemic as quickly as possible. And that means all of us getting vaccinated as quickly as possible.”

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said she understands that people may be frustrated or angry about changing advice but she said things change as science changes. She said there are different risk-benefit conclusions based on individual and community situations.

“But again, I’ll reiterate from our chief medical officers that the AstraZeneca vaccine deployed in the middle of a third wave has saved lives and prevented serious illnesses,” she said.

COVID-19 live updates: Curfew going back to 9:30 p.m. in Montreal and Laval as of Monday

  COVID-19 live updates: Curfew going back to 9:30 p.m. in Montreal and Laval as of Monday This post will be updated throughout the day on Tuesday, April 27. Questions/comments: rbruemmer@postmedia.com Top updates Trudeau says military on its way to Ontario Quebec records 899 new cases, 14 more deaths Coroner’s inquest: With many employees sick, CHSLD Laflèche faced tough choices ‘Hopeful signs’ Ontario’s latest COVID-19 wave may be peaking Montrealers mobilize to help India A financial time bomb hangs over Montreal’s municipal election Where to get tested in Montreal 1:15 p.m. Curfew going back to 9:30 p.m.

Some of the debate may not matter much. Canada is supposed to get up to 36 million doses of the mRNA vaccines in the next two months —24.2 million Pfizer and between 10 million and 12 million from Moderna.

Comparatively, Procurement Minister Anita Anand said Tuesday there are only deliveries of about 1.6 million doses of AstraZeneca expected, though negotiations to get additional doses from a U.S. supply of that vaccine are ongoing.

There are no shipments of J&J even tentatively scheduled.

11:25 a.m.

Canadian pharmacists ‘disappointed,’ worried NACI advice will stoke vaccine hesitancy

The Canadian Pharmacists Association says advice from a national panel on vaccines is unhelpful and likely to make it harder to get enough people in the country vaccinated to end the pandemic, The Canadian Press reports.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization set off a firestorm of fear and anger Monday after saying mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are “preferred” because viral-vector vaccines from Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson carry a remote risk of blood clots.

NACI, a panel of physicians and other vaccine experts, provided non-binding advice to provinces that the viral-vector vaccines should only be used on people over the age of 30, who are at higher risk of getting COVID-19.

How Montreal, not long ago the epicentre of the pandemic in Canada, avoided a disastrous 3rd wave

  How Montreal, not long ago the epicentre of the pandemic in Canada, avoided a disastrous 3rd wave Several of Quebec's regions saw a spike in cases earlier this month, putting strain on the health-care system and leading to tighter restrictions, but the province’s largest city has so far escaped the worst of the third wave. Here's a look at why.She knew it was only a matter of time before they arrived in the city, which had already struggled through two brutal, deadly waves of COVID-19.

Phil Emberley, a veteran pharmacist and acting director of professional affairs for the national pharmacists’ group, says he is “disappointed” with NACI’s statements and is worried the advice will make more Canadians hesitate to get vaccinated.

He says when you weigh the risks that come with COVID-19 against the risks of any of the vaccines Canada has authorized, preventing the virus is always the better choice.

Emberley says he got the AstraZeneca vaccine himself three weeks ago and has no regrets or concerns that he should have held out for a different vaccine.

11:10 a.m.

Updated charts: Quebec cases, deaths

11:10 a.m.

Update on Quebec’s vaccination campaign

11:05 a.m.

Quebec reports 797 new cases, 16 deaths as hospitalizations rise

Quebec has recorded 797 new cases of COVID-19, helping lower the province’s seven-day rolling average to its lowest level since March.

Montreal reported 190 new cases – the fewest since late October.

For the third consecutive day, the net number of people in the hospital increased.

In addition, 16 new deaths were reported, including three over the previous 24 hours.

Among the other deaths, 12 occurred between April 27 and May 2, and 1 occurred before April 27.

One death previously attributed to the pandemic has been removed from the death toll after further tests revealed it was not related to COVID-19.

Some other key statistics from Quebec’s latest COVID-19 update, published this morning:

  • Montreal Island: 190 new cases, 3 deaths.
  • 6 more people are in hospital. Total hospitalizations: 594.
  • 4 more people are in intensive care. Total in ICU: 155.
  • 52,141 additional vaccine doses were administered, bringing the total to 3,308,542.
  • 25,133 tests were conducted on Sunday, the last day for which screening data is available.
  • Positivity rate: 3.4 per cent.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 353,475 cases and 10,959 deaths linked to COVID-19. A total of 333,624 people who have contracted the disease have since recovered.

COVID-19 live updates: Quebec records 1,042 new cases, 10 more deaths

  COVID-19 live updates: Quebec records 1,042 new cases, 10 more deaths This post will be updated throughout the day on Thursday, April 29. Questions/comments: rbruemmer@postmedia.com Top updates Vancouver man gets jail time, $5,000 fine for party Quebec records 1,042 new cases, 10 more deaths Majority of Canadians experiencing pandemic weight swings Brownstein: CHOM team croons about sunny days ahead Air Transat secures $700 million in government funding CHSLD residents projected to get second dose by May 8 Hudson Bay office tower counting on return of people downtown Where to get tested in Montreal 12:05 p.m.

10:50 a.m.

Gaspé bans camping, cars from beaches after last year’s pandemic pandemonium

A year after Gaspé was swamped with tourists who ignored local regulations aimed at protecting the environment, the municipality has banned campers and cars from its beaches this summer.

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic saw the small and picturesque municipality invaded by tourists whose numbers exceeded the capacity of local campgrounds and hotels. Many of them dumped their garbage outdoors and parked their cars on beaches or in fragile environmental areas where vegetation protects the area from erosion.

Read our full story.

10:20 a.m.

10,000 vaccination appointments remain for people age 55-59, Dubé says

10 a.m.

Video: ‘Relieved’ Montrealers enjoy extra 90 minutes outside as curfew moves back to 9:30 p.m.

9:50 a.m.

Montreal’s first drive-through vaccination site to open at Trudeau airport

Quebec’s first drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site will soon open in the parking lot of Montreal’s Trudeau airport.

Read our full story, by Jesse Feith.

9:45 a.m.

Opinion: Forget ID — what if you needed a vaccine passport to get into a bar?

“With mass vaccination of the general population finally under way in Quebec, it seems increasingly apparent our brave new post-pandemic world will come with a fresh set of rules and social norms. This includes the possibility of having to show proof of immunity to COVID-19 — either from having recovered from the virus or having been vaccinated.”

#ICYMI: Drive-thru jabs, chat group probe, DiMonte leaving CHOM, more

  #ICYMI: Drive-thru jabs, chat group probe, DiMonte leaving CHOM, more Canada will receive a shipment of one million Moderna vaccine doses Wednesday — a week earlier than expected, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. Canada is also expecting 2 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech per week in May, Andy Riga reports in our daily live blog, a compendium of pandemic news that includes a vaccination guide. Read it here . In Montreal news Drive-thru vaccinations Quebec’s first drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site will soon open in the parking lot of Montreal’s Trudeau airport. The site is expected to start operating May 17 and should be able to vaccinate up to 4,000 people a day. Appointments will be necessary. Read the full report .

Read the latest column by Allison Hanes.

9:45 a.m.

Will Montreal ever achieve herd immunity in the pandemic?

There is a growing realization among experts that countries around the world may not secure herd immunity in the short term, and that people may have to live with COVID-19 for years to come.

Read our full story, by Aaron Derfel.

9:30 a.m.

NACI advice on ‘preferred vaccines’ for COVID-19 sparks confusion, anger

From The Canadian Press:

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is coming under fire after contradicting the advice Canadians have been receiving for weeks to take the first vaccine against COVID-19 that they’re offered.

NACI said Monday that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are “preferred” and that Canadians should weigh the risks of waiting for one of them before deciding whether to take a more immediate jab of either of the other two approved for use in Canada.

The Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines have been linked to a new and extremely rare blood-clotting syndrome.

Because of that, Dr. Shelly Deeks, vice-chair of the committee, said someone working from home in a province where there is not much disease might want to wait for a shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

But she said it would be a very different risk-benefit analysis for someone working in a manufacturing plant without personal protective equipment in a province where COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire.

NACI’s advice appears to contradict Health Canada’s long-standing recommendation that the best vaccine is the first one available.

Some doctors took to social media to denounce NACI’s latest advice, warning that the committee is sowing confusion and exacerbating vaccine hesitancy.

“It pains me to say this but it’s past time to take NACI’s recommendations with a grain of salt,” emergency physician Dr. Brian Goldman said on Twitter.

“For the good of your health, DO NOT be choosy when it comes to #covidvaccines. Take the first one you’re offered.”

People who got inoculated with AstraZeneca also took to social media to express anger that they’d been hoodwinked into getting a second-rate vaccine while others questioned whether they should cancel planned first jabs of that vaccine or refuse a second dose of it.

One Twitter user noted acidly that NACI’s advice boils down to “people who are most at risk should settle for a vaccine with the most risk because they are most at risk.”

NACI chair, Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh, only made matters worse in trying to explain the committee’s advice during an interview Monday on CTV’s Power Play.

“If for instance my sister got the AstraZeneca vaccine and died of a thrombosis when I know it could have been prevented and that she is not in a high risk area, I’m not sure I could live with it,” she said.

9:15 a.m.

Canadians should wait for Pfizer or Moderna vaccine if they can, federal advisory committee says

The federal government’s vaccine advisory committee is recommending people who can wait for an mRNA vaccine, like Pfizer or Moderna, hold out for it, once again contradicting the long-standing advice to Canadians to get the first shot they’re offered.

Read our full story.

9:15 a.m.

Everything you need to know about getting COVID-19 vaccinations in Quebec

Local health authorities have set up mass vaccination sites across Montreal.

You can book appointments via the Clic Santé website or by phone at 1-877-644-4545.

Here are the nuts and bolts of getting vaccinated , by Katherine Wilton. Her guide includes the age groups targeted, how to book appointments, and addresses of vaccination centres.

Wondering if the vaccines are safe? Once vaccinated, can you disregard public health measures? Is vaccination mandatory? Read our FAQ, by Jason Magder.

9:15 a.m.

Here’s where Montrealers can get tested today

Montrealers can be screened at test centres across the island.

You can check screening clinic wait times here .

8:45 a.m.

The situation across Canada

Here’s the rate of case growth per 100,000 people over the past seven days, via the federal government’s latest epidemiology update .

  COVID-19 live updates: With situation improving, Quebec loosens restrictions in some regions
8:30 a.m.

Sign up for our free nightly coronavirus newsletter

Stay informed with our daily email newsletter focused on local coronavirus coverage and other essential news, delivered directly to your email inbox by 7 p.m. on weekdays.

You can sign up here .

ariga@postmedia.com

Read my previous live blogs here.

Related

#ICYMI: Drive-thru jabs, chat group probe, DiMonte leaving CHOM, more .
Canada will receive a shipment of one million Moderna vaccine doses Wednesday — a week earlier than expected, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. Canada is also expecting 2 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech per week in May, Andy Riga reports in our daily live blog, a compendium of pandemic news that includes a vaccination guide. Read it here . In Montreal news Drive-thru vaccinations Quebec’s first drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site will soon open in the parking lot of Montreal’s Trudeau airport. The site is expected to start operating May 17 and should be able to vaccinate up to 4,000 people a day. Appointments will be necessary. Read the full report .

usr: 5
This is interesting!