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Canada COVID-19 live updates: With case counts stable, Dubé urges Quebecers to remain cautious

19:51  21 september  2021
19:51  21 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Christian Dubé wearing a suit and tie: Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé answers questions during press conference in Montreal Tuesday April 6, 2021. © Provided by The Gazette Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé answers questions during press conference in Montreal Tuesday April 6, 2021.

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12:15 a.m.

With case counts stable, Dubé urges Quebecers to remain cautious

Health Minister Christian Dubé spoke to reporters in Quebec City.

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He noted that the province’s daily case counts are stable.

“We should appreciate the fact that we seem to be on a plateau in recent days,” Dubé said

“But I’m asking Quebecers to remain cautious,” he added, noting that due to the nice weather people are still spending a lot of time outdoors, where the risk of infection is lower.

He said that on Thursday Quebec will announce a plan to deal with a labour shortage in the health sector.

Last week, Premier François Legault said the province is short about 4,300 nurses. He said the province plans to recruit nurses who have retired or left for the private sector.

Dubé said he is hoping Quebec can start vaccinating children under 12 in November.

Yesterday, Pfizer Canada said it plans to provide Health Canada with data showing its COVID-19 vaccine works for children in a bid to seek authorization “as early as possible.”

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11:35 a.m.

Update on Quebec’s vaccination campaign

11:35 a.m.

Updated charts: Quebec cases, deaths

11:05 a.m.

Quebec reports 587 cases, 9 deaths as hospitalizations drop

Quebec has recorded 587 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

That’s the lowest one-day case count in more than two weeks.

In addition, nine new deaths were reported.

Some other key statistics from Quebec’s latest COVID-19 update:

  • Montreal Island: 176 new cases, 2 deaths.
  • Net decrease in hospitalizations: 6, for a total of 274.
  • Net decrease in intensive care patients: 6, for a total of 86.
  • 9,576 additional vaccine doses were administered over the previous 24 hours.
  • 22,917 tests were conducted Sunday, the last day for which screening data is available.
  • Positivity rate: 2.5 per cent.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 404,291 cases and 11,335 deaths linked to COVID-19. A total of 386,572 people who have contracted the disease have since recovered.

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10:55 a.m.

U.N. chief grades world on vaccine rollout: ‘F in Ethics’

From the Reuters news agency:

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reprimanded the world on Tuesday for the inequitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, describing it as an “obscenity” and giving the globe an “F in Ethics.”

Addressing the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders in New York, Guterres said images from some parts of the world of expired and unused vaccines in the garbage told “the tale of our times” – with the majority of the wealthier world immunized while more than 90 per cent of Africa has not even received one dose.

“This is a moral indictment of the state of our world. It is an obscenity. We passed the science test. But we are getting an F in Ethics,” Guterres told the U.N. General Assembly.

World leaders returned to New York this year after a virtual event last year during the pandemic.

Out of 5.7 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines administered around the world, only 2 per cent have been in Africa. Guterres is pushing for a global plan to vaccinate 70 per cent of the world by the first half of next year.

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The secretary-general, who begins a second five-year term at the helm of the world body on Jan. 1, also warned of rising tensions between the world’s superpowers – China and the United States.

“I fear our world is creeping towards two different sets of economic, trade, financial and technology rules, two divergent approaches in the development of artificial intelligence – and ultimately two different military and geopolitical strategies,” he said.

“This is a recipe for trouble. It would be far less predictable than the Cold War,” Guterres said.

10:50 a.m.

Pandemic pummelled Quebec movie theatres, with 77% drop in attendance

Movie theatres were closed or under strict pandemic restrictions for much of last year.

That resulted in a significant drop in attendance.

Quebec cinemas welcomed 4.3 million people in 2020 – 14.4 million fewer than the previous year, a 77 per cent drop, the Institut de la statistique du Québec said in a report today.

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10:25 a.m.

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The killing on Saturday evening in the western town of Idar-Oberstein has hit the national headlines as it is one of the only such cases linked to COVID-19 restrictions.

Prosecutors have said that the petrol station cashier had asked a 49-year old man who wanted to buy beer to comply with the rules and put on a mask.

The customer refused and left but returned later wearing a mask which he pulled down when he approached the cashier who again referred to the rules.

“Then the perpetrator pulled a revolver and shot the cashier in the head from the front. The victim fell to the floor and was immediately dead,” prosecutor Kai Fuhrmann told reporters.

The suspect later gave himself up at a police station, saying the coronavirus measures were causing him stress, said Furhmann. He is being detained.

The killing took place a week before a federal election in which the far-right AfD has tried to woo voters with an anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine campaign. The party, on around 11% in polls, harbours many coronavirus deniers.

On Tuesday, politicians responded to messages circulating on social media from far-right groups and so-called ‘Querdenker’ (lateral thinkers) who deny the coronavirus which showed sympathy towards the killer.

“The hate and incitement coming from these people who can’t be taught divides our community and kills people. They have no place in our society,” tweeted Foreign Minister Heiko Maas who said Querdenker were celebrating the killing.

10 a.m.

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Doug Ford congratulated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on winning Monday’s election in an open letter before saying it was a contentious campaign.

Ford says it was a divisive election with candidates from all parties hotly debating pandemic policies.

Ontario’s premier says that “emotions have run high” over many issues, including vaccine certificates.

Ford says he knows many people are concerned about their civil liberties being impeded by the certificates that are set to be introduced Wednesday.

He says Ontarians must continue to do everything they can to protect the province’s hard-fought progress against the virus.

Starting Wednesday, certificates proving that a person has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be necessary to enter an Ontario gym, theatre, or to dine inside a restaurant.

9:30 a.m.

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9:15 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 epidemiological update .

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9:15 a.m.

A guide to Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccine passport

Quebec’s vaccine passport is mandatory for people 13 and older who want to access services and activities deemed non-essential by the provincial government, including bars, restaurants, gyms, festivals and sporting events.

Though the passport came into effect Sept. 1, no penalties will be issued for the first two weeks. Quebecers will be able to use a smartphone app to prove their vaccination status or simply carry their QR code on paper.

Quebecers can download the app from Apple’s App Store and Google Play .

We have published two guides to the passports – one looks at how to download and set up the app , and another answers key questions about the system, including how, when and why.

You can find more information on the Quebec government’s website – one page has details on how the system works, and another has a list of the places where a vaccine passport will be required .

graphical user interface, text, application, chat or text message:  The Quebec government’s VaxiCode app is shown on a phone in Montreal, Wednesday, August 25, 2021. © Graham Hughes The Quebec government’s VaxiCode app is shown on a phone in Montreal, Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
9:15 a.m.

A guide to 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.

Quebecers can also visit walk-in AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer vaccine clinics .

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.

9:15 a.m.

Here are the current pandemic restrictions in Montreal and Quebec

We are regularly updating our list of what services are open, closed or modified in Montreal and Quebec, including information on the curfew and other lockdown measures.

You can read it here.

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 .

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JOLIETTE, Que. — One year after Joyce Echaquan was mocked by staff as she lay dying in hospital, her family and community members called on Quebecers to honour her legacy by acknowledging systemic racism in health care and throughout society. Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw mother of seven, filmed herself on Facebook Live as a nurse and an orderly were heard making derogatory comments toward her at a hospital in Joliette, Que., northeast of Montreal, before she died on Sept. 28, 2020. On Tuesday, Echaquan’s family visited the hospital room where she died and later took part in a ceremony in her honour with Atikamekw community members, politicians and other guests.

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