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Canada Yukon easing restrictions but some will remain until more people vaccinated: minister

06:06  22 july  2021
06:06  22 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

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WHITEHORSE — Rising vaccination rates and low numbers of infections mean several COVID-19 restrictions are expected to be lifted next month, the Yukon government says.

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Acting chief medical health officer Dr. Catherine Elliott said starting Aug. 4, people returning to the territory will not be required to self-isolate.

People won't need to wear masks in indoor public places now that 79 per cent of residents are fully vaccinated and bars and restaurants will be allowed to return to full capacity without the need for physical distancing, she told a news conference Wednesday.

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While virtually all legal restrictions will be lifted, some guidance will remain . For example, the legal requirement to wear face coverings in some enclosed public places will be removed but Mr Javid said they were still "expected and recommended" in crowded indoor areas. Nightclubs will also be But nightclubs and other venues with large crowds will be encouraged to use Covid status certification - so-called domestic vaccine passports - "as a matter of social responsibility", the prime minister said. These would allow people to show they are double-jabbed, have had a negative test result or have

Ministers want to lift the most restrictive parts of the lockdown, including school and shop closures, within weeks. But senior Government sources say the only true 'exit strategy' is a vaccine or a cure. Scientists expect the restrictions to be phased out gradually. They say some will stay in place until there is a vaccine - which they expect to take 18 months - to prevent infection levels soaring again. Health Secretary Matt Hancock last night admitted the economic impact of the lockdown will cause deaths.

But the government has not eased restrictions on social gatherings, saying that's where the spread of COVID-19 continues to be the highest.

"This is not a recommendation to party," Elliott warned on Wednesday.

"In fact, some types of partying has contributed significantly to the case counts that we have seen. This is a call to responsibility."

Last week, the government recommended people with both vaccine doses could gather in groups of up to 20 indoors and 50 outdoors. Those who were unvaccinated were encouraged to stick with their "safe six'' because of significantly higher risk.

Masks will be recommended in specific settings like doctors' offices, hospitals and long-term care facilities, Elliott said. Businesses may also request that masks be worn, she added.

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Ministers are likely to announce that vaccinated people travelling to England from amber list countries will no longer have to quarantine from later this month, in a significant boost for the travel industry, it is understood. A date of 19 July to change the rules is among options that will be considered by the Covid operations committee It has been expected for several weeks that the rules would be changed to allow people who have received two Covid vaccine doses to avoid quarantine, with the exemption also applying to children. This would tally with other policies to ease restrictions on the fully- vaccinated .

Community Services Minister Richard Mostyn said the territory would lift its state of emergency next month if COVID-19 numbers continue to remain low and vaccination rates climb higher.


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"That will mean all the remaining restrictions introduced under the Civil Emergencies Measures Act will be lifted and we can truly begin to move on from this life-changing pandemic," he said.

The territory reported seven new cases of COVID-19, with six of them among people who were not vaccinated. A total of 534 cases have been reported, 465 of them since June 1. Six people have died since the start of the pandemic.

"And because so many unvaccinated Yukoners have become very ill, we're now seeing people overcome their reluctance to take the jab," Mostyn said.

About 59 per cent of people between the ages of 12 and 17 have received both doses of the vaccine, he said.

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Some people , including those pushing an anti- vaccine agenda online, have been misinterpreting figures showing that a large proportion of those dying with the Delta variant of coronavirus had been vaccinated . One conspiracy site even claimed vaccinated people were dying at higher rates than those who had not received the jab, which is untrue. And on 13 June, a Daily Mail headline claimed the proportion of those dying who had been fully vaccinated had "scared" Prime Minister Boris Johnson into delaying the 21 June easing of restrictions , describing it as a "blow".

Elliott said no cases of the Delta variant, first detected in India, have been reported in Yukon. Variants circulating in the territory are Alpha, first linked with the United Kingdom and Gamma, which originated in Brazil.

She is confident with the recommendations to lift restrictions, Elliot said.

"We've accounted for all the jurisdictions' current case activity and we've determined that the overall risk of COVID-19 coming into the territory at a rapid rate is very unlikely."

People have to learn to transition to a time of learning to live with COVID-19, she said.

"We'll need to keep our eyes on this disease for years to come," Elliott said.

"We must adjust and accept that our lives may be impacted ever so slightly, for months and possibly for years to come. Even so, we need to consider the implications if we don't make an active, active effort to move ahead."

— By Hina Alam in Vancouver.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 21, 2021.

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A look at COVID-19 reopening plans across the country .
As COVID-19 vaccination rates increase and case numbers drop across the country, the provinces and territories have begun releasing the reopening plans for businesses, events and recreational facilities. Most of the plans are based on each jurisdiction reaching vaccination targets at certain dates, while also keeping the number of cases and hospitalizations down. Here's a look at what reopening plans look like across the country: Newfoundland and Labrador: The province's reopening plan begins with a transition period during which some health restrictions, like limits on gatherings, will loosen.

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