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Today’s coronavirus headlines include: At least 16,714 new cases reported in Ontario; 57 people fined by Montreal police during a demonstration against a curfew

Meanwhile, during the last two days, the province of Nova Scotia has reported record-breaking COVID-19 case counts and test positive rates.

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Discover the most recent information about coronaviruses in Canada and throughout the world. Throughout the day, this file will be updated. There may be lengthier versions of the stories on the web.

Australia’s PM Scott Morrison said the country’s health system can handle the fresh wave of coronavirus infections as Victoria reported a record number of new cases and hospitalizations soared in New South Wales, which has the second-highest number of cases.

Morrison gave two television interviews prior to the announcement of Monday’s numbers.

The state of Victoria recorded an all-time high of 8,577 new cases, surpassing the previous high of 7,442 on New Year’s Day.

There was a modest decrease in the number of cases in New South Wales, Australia’s most populated state, from 22,577 on Saturday to 20,794 on Monday. However, the number of patients in the hospital increased from 1,066 to 1,204 in a single day. In critical care, there were 95 patients, an increase of 12 from the previous day.

He claimed Australia’s health system had the capacity to handle the rise in cases caused by the spread of Omicron variant, which has a higher mortality rate.

This sickness is already being demonstrated to be less severe by around 75% than what we observed with delta, according to Morrison’s growing case count. According to the CDC, the rise in cases is a sign that we’re entering a new phase of the epidemic.

That doesn’t imply that it won’t place a strain on the healthcare system. Therefore, we’re working closely with the (state) premiers and chief ministers to ensure that those resources are available,” Morrison noted.

Canada’s health care system will be supported by the federal government, Morrison said. To avoid forcing healthcare professionals who may have been into touch with an active case to stay home and isolate themselves, the government of his country made a revision to the definition of “close contact” last week.

As Morrison said to 9 News, “We’re looking at making additional modifications on that this week” in order to get more personnel back into our hospitals and cope with the demand.

Lloyd Austin, the secretary of defence for the United States, claims he has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is currently quarantined at home with minor symptoms.

According to a statement released by Austin on Sunday night, he intends to participate in critical meetings and discussions via videoconference “to the extent practicable.”

As Austin stated, “I have notified my leadership team, as well as the President, of my positive test result. Every person I’ve came into touch with in the previous week has been traced and tested by my team.

According to Austin, the 68-year-old, he had had a booster shot in October.

As long as the vaccinations continue to be effective, they will be a necessity for military personnel. Everyone who is eligible for a booster shot should continue to have one, in my opinion. According to him, “this still hasn’t been resolved.”

Alejandro Mayorkas, the Homeland Security Secretary under President Joe Biden, tested positive for COVID-19 in October.

Due to an examination by Brazilian health officials that found 28 instances of COVID-19 on board the MSC Preziosa, passengers had to wait six hours to depart in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday.

People who live in Rio or the surrounding area who have tested positive can quarantine themselves at home, according to a statement from Rio’s health secretariat. There was no mention of who would foot the bill for those who had to stay in motels initially.

Anvisa, the federal health agency, gave the green light to MSC Preziosa to continue operations after the inspection. There were other guests awaiting departure to Bahia. Bzios, a Brazilian island, was the ship’s starting point.

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7:25 p.m.: The University Health Network hospitals in Toronto get 100 ill call-ins every day.

Over 150 workers at a London hospital have been diagnosed with the virus.

A total of 400 Hamilton Health Sciences employees have been placed in isolation as a precautionary measure following COVID-19 exposures.

Staff absenteeism during Omicron is pushing Ontario’s hospitals either contemplate cancelling scheduled medical treatments or calling sick employees back to work early, as they face a new sort of crisis.

Half of Quebec City’s primary hospital network’s procedures and medical appointments will be postponed starting Wednesday, according to a statement from the organisation.

The news from CHU de Québec-Université Laval comes at a time when the province is dealing with an increase in the number of persons hospitalised with COVID-19, with 1,231 people infected as of Sunday.

Ten of the reserved COVID-19 intensive care beds, according to the hospital network, were occupied as of today.

For the sake of patient care, Martin Beaumont, the hospital’s CEO, said just 27 of the hospital’s 48 surgery rooms are accessible this week.

At a news conference held on Sunday, he estimated that up to 10,000 medical visits may be postponed, freeing up about 50 nurses to work in the pandemic ward.

Since the pandemic’s fifth wave arrived, 783 health-care employees have been placed in quarantine, in addition to the 600 nurses who were already absent from the job before the outbreak.

According to the White House’s senior medical adviser on Sunday, as the COVID-19 omicron variant spreads across the United States, federal health officials are considering adding a negative test to the current five-day isolation limitations for asymptomatic Americans who contract the coronavirus.

Because of the strong “pushback” on its revised recommendations from last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now contemplating integrating the negative test as part of their guidelines, according to Dr Anthony Fauci.

The isolation period for patients infected with COVID-19 has been reduced from 10 days to five days under the Dec. 27 advice, assuming they are no longer experiencing symptoms or displaying a fever. After that, they must wear a mask for the next five days whenever they are in public.

In the last two days, the province of Prince Edward Island has seen 137 new cases of COVID-19, according to public health experts.

More than half of the 1,503 cases documented on the island since the outbreak in the spring of 2020 have come from the province, which now has an astounding 867 active cases.

Only 504 instances of CoV-19 had been discovered on the island as recently as Dec. 20, which means that the overall number of infections had nearly quadrupled in less than two weeks.

COVID-19 has sickened three people, and four more patients in the hospital have tested positive for it for various reasons, according to the authorities.

Testing clinics are now only available to persons with symptoms, close connections of recognised cases, and residents who have obtained a positive quick test result.

More than 18,000 Islanders have gotten a second dosage of the COVID-19 vaccination, according to officials.

Health authorities in Newfoundland and Labrador confirmed 466 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, setting a new record — although a narrow one.

At 442 new infections each day, this is the highest daily caseload ever recorded.

The current caseload indicates an infection rate of 89 diagnoses per 100,000 individuals, which may not appear high when compared to other Canadian provinces.

In comparison, the infection rate in Ontario is 115 diagnoses per 100,000 persons today with 16,714 new cases.

Out of 2,597 current COVID-19 cases in Newfoundland and Labrador, only one patient has been hospitalised.

After just a few days, the number of cases recorded by the Labrador health authority has risen from 80 to 429; Premier Andrew Furey tweeted that he would be heading to the region this week to provide deliver booster injections.

COVID-19 is causing health-care resources in rural communities throughout Canada to swell to the point of breaking point.

In just 10 days, Nunavut has verified a total of 196 instances of the sickness.

COVID-19 epidemic began approximately two years ago in the territory, and there have been more than one-fifth of the confirmed cases since then, according to Dr. Michael Patterson, the territory’s top public health officer.

COVID-19 arrived on Labrador’s northern shore last week, and officials are urging people to be careful and enforcing stringent travel restrictions.

An inability to receive confirmed test results promptly is increasing stress, according to Innu Nation Deputy Grand Chief Mary Ann Nui, in a Facebook post.

The fly-in only hamlet of Bearskin Lake First Nation in northern Ontario reports that more over a third of its 400 individuals have COVID-19, so the federal government dispatched a fast response team with nurses and a paramedic.

With a record number of patients and health care professionals becoming infected by COVID-19, Ontario hospitals are bearing the brunt of this epidemic.

Some hospital networks are claiming that hundreds of their employees have tested positive for the virus, are exhibiting symptoms, or have been placed in isolation following an encounter to the virus.

As the highly transmissible Omicron form drives case counts to historic highs across the province, at least a hundred staff absences per day have occurred, says Kevin Smith, president and CEO of Toronto’s University Health Network.

When asked about the shortage of healthcare personnel, Smith replied that they are in “high demand” everywhere because of the restricted number of workers who are available.

UHN’s five hospitals, including Toronto General, Toronto Western, and Princess Margaret, have seen more employees unable to work recently than in earlier waves of the illness.

Smith has noted a decrease in the number of severely sick patients being admitted to the hospital as a result of the large number of staff members who are unavailable. Although Public Health Ontario reported 16,714 new infections on Sunday and a record 18,445 cases on Saturday, stressing that both statistics are probably underestimates, this continues to be the situation today.

Currently, there are more than 100,000 active lawsuits pending in the province of Quebec.

It’s now 1:07 p.m. In light of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant across the United States, the White House’s top medical adviser said Sunday that federal health officials are considering adding a negative test to the five-day isolation restrictions currently in place for people with the coronavirus who show no symptoms.

Because of the strong “pushback” on its revised recommendations from last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now contemplating integrating the negative test as part of their guidelines, according to Dr Anthony Fauci.

The isolation period for patients infected with COVID-19 has been reduced from 10 days to five days under the Dec. 27 advice, assuming they are no longer experiencing symptoms or displaying a fever. After that, they must wear a mask for the next five days whenever they are in public.

Numerous medical specialists have now blasted the recommendations for failing to demand a negative antigen test before patients may be allowed to leave isolation.

That five-day span has raised some questions, Fauci said. “There has been some worry about why we don’t ask individuals to be tested.” What I’m thinking now is that testing may be a component of that. ” In the next days, the CDC is expected to provide further information on this topic.”

Over the past two days, health officials in Nova Scotia have reported record-breaking COVID-19 case counts and test-positive rates.

There were 709 new cases on Saturday, and 1,184 instances on Sunday, the first 24-hour period in which more than 1,000 illnesses were recorded by the provincial health authority.

According to a department press statement, a record-breaking 16% of recent tests had come up positive.

As a result of increased testing, residents who acquire positive results are urged to notify their closest friends and family members, according to a press statement.

Long-term care and health care institutions, as well as prisons, shelters, and other places where people gather, are among the places where public health officials believe contact tracing is a top priority.

As of Friday, 34 people have been hospitalised as a result of COVID-19, four of them were in critical condition.

A Twitter account belonging to US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has been permanently disabled due to allegedly posting false information on COVID-19.

According to CNN, Twitter announced in a statement that Taylor Greene had been “permanently suspended” for “multiple breaches of our COVID-19 disinformation policy.” Since our strike system for this policy allows for permanent account suspension for repeated infractions, we’ve made it plain that we would do so.”

As of Sunday, no previous tweets from the account could be viewed.

Greene, a Republican from Georgia, slammed Twitter’s move in a statement released on Sunday.

According to her, “Twitter is an enemy of America and cannot handle the truth.” “Fine, I’ll show America that we don’t need them and that it’s time to fight our adversaries. When people confess the truth, a Communist revolution cannot be effectively completed. In the end, social media platforms can’t stop the truth from spreading over the world. The truth will not be halted by Big Tech. The truth will not be stifled by the Communist Democrats. I’m with the people and the truth. “We shall prevail!”

As a result, Greene has been suspended from Twitter many times.

Another 16,714 COVID-19 instances were reported on Sunday, but Public Health Ontario warned that the total number of persons infected with the virus is likely far higher.

Because of recent regulatory changes that have made COVID-19 testing less available, the number of cases connected to the Omicron variation is believed to be underestimated.

Furthermore, the number of new virus-related deaths recorded by Public Health Ontario has risen to 16, the most since September.

Days after the province dramatically reduced who is eligible for government-funded COVID-19 testing, and a week after many gathered for Christmas celebrations, the most recent numbers have been released by the province.

COVID-19 numbers are generally released on a daily basis in the province; however, they aren’t released during public holidays and are scheduled to be released on Tuesday.

Today in Quebec, there have been 15,845 new COVID-19 cases and 13 more fatalities that have been related to the virus.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the illness was responsible for an additional 70 hospitalizations, bringing the total to 1,231.

There are now 162 patients in intensive care, a nine-person increase.

On Friday, 54,065 COVID-19 samples were evaluated by the Health Department and 30.9% of them came back positive.

As a result, most retail establishments will be closed on Sundays for the next three weeks.

Today most businesses in Ontario will be shut down save for a few pharmacy and convenience store locations and a few petrol stations.

At a demonstration against Quebec’s province-wide curfew on Saturday night, 57 individuals were fined and one was detained, according to Montreal police.

People gathered in downtown Montreal on New Year’s Eve to protest the reinstatement of a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m, which was in place from New Year’s Eve until the following morning.

Prior to the health-care system in Quebec being overburdened, Premier François Legault announced the move at a press conference in Montreal on December 30.

One individual was detained for assaulting a police officer, and 57 people were given citations for breaking the curfew, according to Montreal Police spokesperson Caroline Chèvrefils.

Adults caught loitering after curfew face fines ranging from $1,000 to $6,000, while minors 14 and older face a $500 penalty.

If you recall, a similar curfew was implemented in early January 2021 and was in force for more than five months.

 

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The number of cases in London’s largest hospital has nearly quadrupled since it was last documented about a week ago, when there were only nine.

There are now 152 people at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) who have tested positive for the virus. This is an increase from the 104 people who were found to be infected on Tuesday.

Carol Young-Ritchie, LHSC’s executive vice president and chief nursing officer in a statement Saturday, said “this equates to around one percent of our staff.” That the COVID-19 virus is being transmitted widely in our community is demonstrated by the high number of positive staff cases, according to the statement:

COVID-19 personnel counts should be updated again on Tuesday, according to previous predictions.

This scenario is continuously shifting, and we are striving to “strategically plan for the following weeks,” Young-Ritchie added.

Not much information was given out regarding the impending plans by officials.

There were 28 COVID-19 patients at LHSC on Friday, including nine adults who were being kept in critical condition. At Children’s Hospital, there were less than five patients being cared for. The paediatric ward was deserted.

There were 56 cases of COVID-19 infections among personnel at St. Joseph’s Health Care London Thursday, more than double the amount reported only four days earlier.

Hospital workers are becoming more infected with COVID at a time when Omicron, a new strain of the virus that is very infectious, is on the rise across Ontario and the London region, pushing daily case counts to record highs.

A year after the initial arrival of COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada, legal experts say employers and employees in the country’s most populous province are gaining a better image of when and what type of immunisation requirements may be enforced in the workplace, after recent judgements on the matter.

A clear-cut response on whether such regulations, which in certain circumstances result in the dismissal of non-compliant employees, may always be implemented is not what Ontarions should anticipate, according to the experts.

Michael Cleveland, a lawyer with the firm Miller Thomson, said that recent verdicts demonstrate that labour arbitrators are evaluating the circumstances of each workplace and policy when assessing whether the demands may be applied in a unionised context.

During a recent interview, he stated that “there isn’t going to be a single answer that suits everyone”.

A company’s individual circumstances as well as the surrounding conditions, such as whether or not there is a growing sense of community in the surrounding area, determine what is reasonable.

As a winter storm pushed eastward and carriers coped with personnel shortages caused by the fast spread of the omicron strain, travel delays continued in the United States early Sunday.

According to tracking service FlightAware.com, almost 1,900 flights into, out of, and within the United States were cancelled early Sunday morning, with more than 600 delays already in place.

That’s in addition to the more than 2,700 U.S. flights that were cancelled and more than 6,500 that were delayed on Saturday.

There have been at least 12,000 aircraft cancellations since Christmas Eve, according to reports from the Associated Press, as a result of high levels of Covid infections and accompanying staff absences in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people are trying to go back to their normal routines after the holidays.

It wasn’t long after the epidemic arrived in Toronto that our perceptions of the places we called home began to alter in an unexpected direction. People were moving out of downtown and into the suburbs. There was a “great exodus” of people from the suburbs to smaller cities in quest of greater room and lower costs.

Loss of employment and apprehensions about large crowds drove some people to leave. Others, however, recognised the chance to transform their lives in the midst of the solitude and uncertainty.

For Ana and Rob Stephenson, ages 48 and 49, the summer of 2020 presented an opportunity to forego the tedium of commuting and instead spend more time with their family and friends in their neighbourhood.

At the Star’s interview with Ana at the time, the couple and their 10-year-old daughter, Addison, were living full-time in their Haliburton cottage.

The day after COVID-19, Ana resumed working from home and Rob began looking for a new job so that they could relocate north of the city.

They began preparing their home for sale in anticipation of returning to Oakville in September.

The family’s route had swerved again when the Star contacted Ana more than a year later. Rob had a new job in the city, which meant that residing in Haliburton was no longer an option for the couple.

The Dec. 15 reopening of “Come From Away” at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre was a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event for those in attendance. After a 21-month break due to a pandemic, the popular Canadian musical returned to a sold-out house with a standing ovation before the actors could say a word.

Ali Momen, who portrayed Kevin J./Ali and other characters in the show, described the 15th as “the best event of my life onstage.”

In the face of continued cancellations, postponements, performance closures, and other COVID-related challenges, the reopening showcased the resiliency of the city’s damaged theatre business. Toronto’s performing arts business lost about $900 million in income in the first year of the epidemic.

The cast and crew had no idea that the show’s last performance would take place seven days later, on December 22, without their knowledge. Mirvish Productions had to cancel four concerts during the Christmas holiday because of an epidemic of COVID-19 among the business.

Dec. 28 was designated as the day for the manufacturing to resume. It was never the case.

7:15 a.m.: As of this Sunday, persons travelling from the United States who are unvaccinated will be required to self-isolate in France for ten days under the observation of local authorities.

In addition to confirmation of vaccination, travellers from the United States must present a negative COVID-19 test – a PCR or an antigen test – no older than 48 hours before flying to France.

Travelers from the United States who had not been immunised were formerly compelled to self-quarantine for seven days without supervision.

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With 19 more cases, the number of confirmed cases in France has now topped 200,000 for four straight days, thanks to the extremely infectious omicron strain.

Unvaccinated citizens in France are also being targeted by the government. Vaccinated citizens will only be allowed into restaurants, cinemas, theatres, museums, and sports stadiums if a bill is passed by parliament in the next two weeks.

People who have documentation of a negative test or recovery from COVID-19 are also eligible for France’s existing “health pass.”

As the number of COVID-19 cases increases across the country, it is becoming increasingly clear that even after receiving a full course of vaccination against the coronavirus, you can still become sick. This is especially true for the extremely contagious Omicron version.

While infection is still possible even among people who have received an additional dose of vaccine, how does a positive COVID-19 test effect those who have already received their last dose of vaccine?

Some time will have to pass, but how long depends on your own tastes, say specialists.

 

Seven o’clock: recipient of the prestigious “Ballon d’Or” Four PSG players have tested positive for the coronavirus before of Monday night’s French Cup match. One of those players is Lionel Messi.

On Saturday night, PSG confirmed that one of its employees had COVID-19. At the time, none of them were mentioned, but on Sunday, the club announced Messi, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico, and 19-year-old midfielder Nathan Bitumazala in a statement on the team’s medical news page.

In Vannes, a second-tier team, PSG is competing.

Monaco was due to play Quevilly-Rouen later Sunday in one of 13 games planned for the day as teams fought for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

On Saturday, Monaco said that seven players have COVID-19, although none of them displayed any indications of distress and are being isolated from their teammates.

Health care and other industries are feeling the effects of record-high COVID-19 infections, but the United Kingdom is doing everything it can to avert more lockdowns.

By preparing contingency plans, Boris Johnson’s government hopes to minimise the inconveniences caused by increased worker absences, according to the Financial Times.

According to the publication, private enterprises have been urged to evaluate the plans against a worst-case scenario of up to 25 percent in employee absenteeism.

The Times reported on Sunday that COVID-related absenteeism among hospital workers rose almost two-thirds between Dec. 26 and Dec. 31.

The situation is much worse in London, where half of the hospital’s nursing staff is sick, according to the article. COVID tests have also been difficult to get for health care workers.

More than 162,000 COVID-19 positive tests were performed in England on Saturday, over four times the daily level from early December, extending a streak of record highs linked to the highly infectious Omicron strain.

Previously: Several regions of Canada welcomed 2022 with record-setting COVID-19 case numbers following a peaceful New Year’s Eve subdued by stricter public health restrictions and worries of falling sick in the newest wave of the pandemic..

Each province’s daily COVID-19 numbers reached new highs, with Quebec, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador all surpassing prior records set just 24 hours earlier and extending streaks of fast infection development.

On New Year’s Day, health officials in Quebec recorded 17,122 new cases of COVID-19, the fifth day in a row that a record number of infections had been reported. There were also an additional 12 fatalities attributed to COVID-19, as well as an additional 98 individuals admitted to the hospital, for a total of 1,161 persons.

A new province-wide curfew was in effect in Quebec on New Year’s Eve. It became mandatory on Friday that everyone return home by 10 p.m. and remain there until 5 a.m.

Curfews have never been shown to be effective in slowing down the transmission of COVID-19, according to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

According to the director of basic freedoms and acting general counsel, Cara Zwibel, a curfew “is particularly problematic since it purports to enable police officers to stop and interrogate persons simply for being outdoors at specific times of day.” Racialized people and other vulnerable groups will bear the brunt of these police stops, according to this study.

Public health officials in Ontario, on the other hand, recorded an astounding 18,445 new cases on Saturday, eclipsing Friday’s record-breaking total of 16,713 new diagnoses. As a result, public health officials in Ontario are warning that the numbers released on Saturday are a “underestimate.” Ontario is one of many states that has modified its availability of polymerase chain reaction testing for COVID-19.

According to Public Health Ontario, 12 more Ontarians have died as a result of COVID-19 since last Friday, and 85 more individuals are currently hospitalised as a result. Not all hospitalizations were included in this data set.

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