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Sports COVID-19 live updates: Quebec reports 101 new cases, one more death

21:48  23 july  2021
21:48  23 july  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

When is the pandemic over? Globally, it’s hard to say. In Canada — soon

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a person holding a wine glass: A security guard helps a man disinfect his hands and change face masks before he enters the COVID-19 vaccination centre at the Bill Durnan Arena in Montreal. © Provided by The Gazette A security guard helps a man disinfect his hands and change face masks before he enters the COVID-19 vaccination centre at the Bill Durnan Arena in Montreal.

This is our live coverage of the coronavirus crisis for July 23, 2021. Questions or comments? Email: jfeith@postmedia.com

Top updates

  • More than 60 per cent of eligible Canadians now fully vaccinated: Tam
  • Montreal skateboarder headed to Olympics after competitor tests positive
  • Dubé urges young adults to get vaccinated, says vaccine passport is at stake
  • Quebec reports 101 new cases, one new death
  • European agency clears Moderna vaccine for children 12-17
  • Quebec may need more than 75% to get vaccinated, experts warn
  • Laval synagogues follow membership’s lead, will require proof of vaccination
  • Uncertainty over bosses’ back-to-work plans worries telecommuters: poll
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More than 60 per cent of eligible Canadians now fully vaccinated: Tam

More than 60 per cent of Canadians 12 and older are now fully vaccinated, Canada’s chief public health officer pointed out on Friday.

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In a tweet sharing the latest vaccination updates from across the country, Dr. Theresa Tam said in addition to the 60 per cent who are fully vaccinated, more than 80 per cent of eligible Canadians have received a first dose. In all, Canada has administered 46.7 million doses.

“We’re doing great with (vaccination) coverage but going for gold means getting more first and second doses into arms to protect” the more than 6.5 million Canadians who are eligible but haven’t yet been vaccinated, Tam said in another tweet.

In Quebec, 83 per cent of those 12 and older have received one dose, while 56 per cent are fully vaccinated.

12:30 p.m.

Montreal skateboarder headed to Olympics after competitor tests positive

Montreal skateboarder Annie Guglia is headed to Tokyo to serve as a substitute in case another competitor tests positive for COVID-19, CBC news reported Friday .

Guglia missed out on qualifying for the games at the world championships in June but has been called in as a substitute after Dutch skateboarder Candy Jacobs contracted the virus.

Guglia posted a photo from the Montreal airport on her Instagram Friday morning, saying she was heartbroken for Jacobs but looking forward to sharing “this incredible and historical moment with everyone.”

The Olympics, taking place among broader concerns about the pandemic , have already seen several athletes tests positive for the virus.

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12:00 p.m.

Dubé urges young adults to get vaccinated, says vaccine passport is at stake

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé is urging young people to get vaccinated, saying they could make the difference in whether or not the province needs to use a vaccine passport this fall.

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Quebec has set a goal of having 75 per cent of the 12 and older population fully vaccinated by September. If outbreaks continue by then, the province may require proof of vaccination to access non-essential services.

“Young people must make the difference if we want to avoid using the vaccine passport,” Dubé said in a tweet Friday morning. “The (Delta) variant is already present in Quebec.”

Dubé noted the percentage of Quebecers 12 and over having received both doses is climbing by about one per cent each day. It reached 57 per cent Friday.

In the last four weeks, 95 per cent of new cases have been detected among people who are either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. Among adults, people between the ages of 18 and 39 still have the lowest vaccination coverage in Quebec.

11:15 a.m.

European agency clears Moderna vaccine for children 12-17

The European Medicines Agency on Friday recommended authorizing Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 17, the first time the shot has been authorized for people under 18, the Associated Press reports .

The EU drug regulator said research in more than 3,700 children aged 12 to 17 showed that the Moderna vaccine — already given the OK for adults across Europe — produced a comparable antibody response.

In Quebec, authorities have so far only used the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 17. As of Thursday, roughly 79 per cent of the age group had received a first dose, and 17 per cent their second.

11:00 a.m.

Quebec reports 101 new cases, one new death

Quebec has recorded 101 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

That’s two more than yesterday.

In addition, one more death was recorded in the previous 24 hours.

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

  • Hospitalizations fell by four, to 67.
  • The number of people in intensive care remained unchanged: 21
  • 94,624 additional vaccine doses were administered over the previous 24 hours.
  • 14,917 tests were conducted on Wednesday, the last day for which screening data is available.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 376,530 cases and 11,239 deaths linked to COVID-19. A total of 364,539 people who have contracted the disease have since recovered.

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10:00 a.m.

Quebec may need more than 75% to get vaccinated, experts warn

Though Quebec’s goal of fully vaccinating 75 per cent of Quebecers 12 and older by September is laudable, public health experts say it could take much higher protection to keep the pandemic under control this fall.

Several experts who spoke with the Montreal Gazette this week were hesitant to pinpoint an exact percentage the province should aim for, but all agreed the goal should be to get the highest coverage possible.

“Because we’re a little bit at the mercy of what the virus is actually going to do, I don’t think you can put a pin on a chart and say, ‘OK, we’ve hit 75 per cent, we’re fine,’” said Dr. Brian Ward, professor of Infectious Diseases at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.

Read more here .

10:00 a.m.

Laval synagogues follow membership’s lead, will require proof of vaccination

While Quebec continues to work on its vaccine passport to ease public health guidelines for the fully vaccinated, some institutions are taking matters into their own hands.

Two synagogues in a shared building in Laval recently told their approximately 250 members only those who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be permitted to enter as of Saturday — a move management says has been met with positivity thus far.

“We had a general meeting with our membership, and most of the members said to us that they would not come to synagogue if they would have to sit beside people who are unvaccinated,” said Mike Andrati, president of Shaar Shalom.

Quebec records more than 130 new COVID-19 cases for second day in a row

  Quebec records more than 130 new COVID-19 cases for second day in a row Health officials say 56 per cent of all new daily infections are in the 20 to 39 age bracket. Quebec’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 11,240. Over 377,170 people have contracted the virus in the province and 365,018 of them have recovered.

Read reporter Katelyn Thomas’s story here .

10:00 a.m.

Uncertainty over bosses’ back-to-work plans worries telecommuters: poll

A lack of clarity from employers on back-to-the-office protocols as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes has left some workers worried by the prospect of heading back to their workplace.

And employees still in the dark over how a return to the office will play out think that lack of information signals an end to months of telecommuting, a possibility that leaves them even more concerned.

That worry manifested itself in an online survey of 3,000 Canadians conducted May 28-June 4  by LifeWorks, formerly known as Morneau Shepell.

Read more from La Presse Canadienne here .

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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.

Two private sites can also help you book appointments:

  • Vaccélérateur, an automated service that scans last-minute availabilities posted by Quebec’s Clic Santé vaccination site, alerts followers on Twitter as soon as appointments come up.
  • Vaxstat was created to help Quebecers find a nearby available slot.
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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.

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Here’s where Montrealers can get tested today

Montrealers can be screened at test centres across the island.

Coronavirus live updates: Quebec is phasing out business site vaccination clinics

  Coronavirus live updates: Quebec is phasing out business site vaccination clinics Updated throughout the day on Wednesday, Aug. 4. Questions/comments: kthomas@postmedia.com Top updates: Quebec will announce new COVID-19 measures in the coming days: Legault Quebec provides update on vaccine campaign, will be phasing out some clinics Montrealers are waiting too long to get COVID-19 tests, public health says WHO calls for moratorium on booster shots Capitale-Nationale reaches 75% vaccination rate Quebec reports 184 new cases, no deaths 4 p.m.

You can check screening clinic wait times here .

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Coronavirus live updates: Quebec is phasing out business site vaccination clinics .
Updated throughout the day on Wednesday, Aug. 4. Questions/comments: kthomas@postmedia.com Top updates: Quebec will announce new COVID-19 measures in the coming days: Legault Quebec provides update on vaccine campaign, will be phasing out some clinics Montrealers are waiting too long to get COVID-19 tests, public health says WHO calls for moratorium on booster shots Capitale-Nationale reaches 75% vaccination rate Quebec reports 184 new cases, no deaths 4 p.m.

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