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Sports Coronavirus live updates: Facebook removes Quebec-based conspiracy pages: reports

21:00  07 october  2020
21:00  07 october  2020 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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Top updates

  • Facebook removes Quebec-based conspiracy pages: reports
  • Canada seeing upward trend in hospitalizations: Tam
  • 18 players, staff on Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team test positive
  • New cases dip back below 1,000 in Quebec but hospitalizations rise
  • Ontarians better at following health directives: Dubé
  • Montreal’s tourism industry broke records this summer, but not in a good way

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1:10 p.m.

Facebook removes Quebec-based conspiracy pages: reports

12:55 p.m.

Canada seeing upward trend in hospitalizations: Tam

From The Canadian Press:

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam today said the country’s average daily count of new COVID-19 cases hit 2,052 over the last seven days.

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That’s up 40 per cent over the previous week and is nearly 10 times the low it reached last July.

Tam said the Public Health Agency of Canada is seeing an upward trend in the number of COVID-19 patients being hospitalized, as well.

In a statement, Tam said the increasing number and variety of COVID-19 tests available in Canada is a good step, but she says testing cannot replace basic health measures like physical distancing and wearing face masks.

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11:35 a.m.

18 players, staff on Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team test positive

As least 18 players and personnel from the Armada de Blainville-Boisbriand hockey team have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League announced the results today, noting all of the team’s players and staff have now been screened.

Team activities are suspended indefinitely, with players and staff placed in isolation for 14 days, the league said.

“Despite very tight and rigorous health protocols, we knew that COVID-19 was a disease with a high risk of contagion and that it could eventually spread to some players and members of the staff of our teams,” league commissioner Gilles Courteau said in a statement.

He said “the league and its teams continue to closely follow public health directives.”

11:05 a.m.

New cases dip back below 1,000 in Quebec but hospitalizations rise

Quebec has recorded 900 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

That’s the first time in six days that the province has added fewer than 1,000 infections.

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Montreal added the most cases of any region: 269.

Seven new deaths were reported. One occurred over the past 24 hours, four between Sept. 30 and Oct. 5, and two others on unknown dates.

Twelve more people were hospitalized for a total of 409.

But five fewer Quebecers are in intensive care. The new total is 63.

On Monday, 24,399 people were tested. That’s the last day for which screening data is available.

This chart shows the seven-day trend:

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9:45 a.m.

Ontarians better at following health directives: Dubé

In an interview with Radio-Canada yesterday, Health Minister Christian Dubé was asked why Quebec’s infection rate is so much higher than Ontarians.

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Dubé said that’s in part because people in Ontario are following health directives more closely.

“They’re more disciplined than us?” Radio-Canada’s Patrice Roy asks in a follow up.

“It’s possible,” the health minister responds.

Quebec, population 8.5 million, reported 12,397 cases over the past two weeks.

Ontario, population 14.7 million, added 7,610.

The numbers are from the federal COVID-19 dashboard, updated at 7 p.m. yesterday.

9:40 a.m.

Montreal, Quebec to provide updates today

Mayor Valérie Plante and Dr. Mylène Drouin, the director of public health for Montreal, will hold a briefing today at 2 p.m.

At 3 p.m., it will be the turn of Premier François Legault, Health Minister Christian Dubé and Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s director of public health.

I’ll have live coverage – and a webcast feed – here.

9:35 a.m.

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9:30 a.m.

Quebec relaxes rules for visits to patients in palliative care

The Quebec government this morning announced the relaxation of some health directives regarding visits to people in palliative care amid the pandemic.

For example, when visiting someone in end-of-life care, the person’s spouse and children are authorized to visit, without restrictions as to the total number of people present.

Here’s the press release with more information.

9:25 a.m.

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  Coronavirus live updates: Facebook removes Quebec-based conspiracy pages: reports
9:20 a.m.

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Brott, who turns 70 in December, knows first-hand the horrors of COVID-19. Upon returning from a series of European concerts in mid-March, he got hit with the coronavirus and had the fight of his life while spending 32 days in an induced coma on a ventilator at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM). His prognosis was grim.

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9 a.m.

Montrealers can get tested at 19 test centres today

Montrealers can be screened at 19 clinics across the island.

You can check screening clinic wait times here .

8:45 a.m.

Quebec added more than 12,000 cases over two weeks

This was the situation across Canada as of last night, according to the Canada COVID-19 Situational Awareness Dashboard.

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8:30 a.m.

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