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Fauci says 100M coronavirus vaccinations in 100 days ‘absolutely a doable thing’

President-elect Joe Biden’s goal of delivering 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the first 100 days of his presidency “is absolutely a doable thing,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Sunday.Fauci, speaking on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” said two new vaccines under development by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson could “very soon” be presented to U.S. regulators for approval, which would increase the pace of vaccinations. “We’re weeks away, not months away, for sure,” he said.He said more vaccinations – coupled with mask-wearing and avoiding crowds – would be the best way for the United States to tackle a new, more infectious strain of the coronavirus. Story continues below advertisement “If we can get the overwhelming...

Quebec reports 50 more COVID-19 deaths, partial tally of 1,744 cases

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted January 17, 2021 12:38 pm Updated January 17, 2021 12:41 pm Quebec is reporting 50 new deaths due to COVID-19 today as well as a preliminary total of 1,744 new cases.But the province says a delay in transmitting data from Quebec’s labs means the number of cases is incomplete and will be adjusted in a future update.Hospitalizations declined for the third straight day, down 14 to 1,460.There were also 12 fewer people in intensive care, for a total of 215.READ MORE: Prime minister pleads with Canadians not to travel abroad, people do it anywayWhile the number of new cases recorded in Quebec has declined slightly over the past week, Health Minister Christian Dubé said on Twitter that it’s too soon to describe the movement as a trend. Story continues below adv...

B.C. tourism operators warn inter-provincial travel ban could ‘cripple’ sector

British Columbia’s tourism industry is warning that a proposal to ban non-essential travel between provinces could prove devastating to a sector that’s already on life support.Premier John Horgan said Thursday that the province is seeking legal advice on the measure, with an eye to curbing transmission of COVID-19.The Tourism Association of B.C. says it has commissioned its own legal opinion, which argues that any such ban would likely be unconstitutional. 2:05The delicate issue of a travel ban and its impacts on Whistler The delicate issue of a travel ban and its impacts on Whistler “The Supreme Court of Canada has held that Canadians’ mobility rights are among the most cherished rights of citizenship that are fundamental to nationhood,” the group said in a media release. Story continues ...

New Brunswick to provide COVID-19 update on Sunday

New Brunswick health officials are expected to provide a provincial update on the coronavirus on Sunday.Chief medical officer of health Dr. Jennifer Russell will be joined by Premier Blaine Higgs at 2:30 p.m. AT.The briefing will be live-streamed on the Global News website.New Brunswick reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and said 267 cases of the virus were active in the province.As of Saturday, the province had confirmed 911 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and 631 have recovered. There have been 12 deaths, and three patients were hospitalized on Saturday. Story continues below advertisement “We are at a critical point in this outbreak,” Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, said in a Saturday press release. Trending Stories Earlier this week,...

The U.K. has vaccinated more people than it has confirmed COVID-19 cases

The number of people who have received their first vaccine dose to protect against the novel coronavirus in the United Kingdom has eclipsed the number of those who have contracted COVID-19, according to the U.K. government.Statistics published on the government’s website say as of Saturday, a total of 3,857,266 people have received coronavirus vaccines.By Saturday, the U.K. had seen a total of 3,357,361 cases of the virus since the pandemic began.The news comes as the government announced plans to offer a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to every adult by September as the nation’s health care system battles the worst crisis in it’s 72-year history. Story continues below advertisement Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Sunday that the government will soon begin a trial of round the clock inj...

Ontario reports more than 3,400 new coronavirus cases, 69 deaths

Ontario reported 3,422 new cases of the novel coronavirus Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 237,786.“Locally, there are 1,035 new cases in Toronto, 585 in Peel, 254 in Windsor-Essex County, 246 in York Region and 186 in Niagara,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.A total of 203,484 COVID-19 cases are considered resolved.Sixty-nine more deaths were also reported Sunday, bringing the provincial death toll to 5,409.Nearly 60,200 additional tests were completed. Ontario has now completed a total of 8,925,446 tests and 30,103 remain under investigation.The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 5.2 per cent, which is up from Saturday’s report, when it was 4.9 per cent, and down from last Sunday’s when it was 6.2 per cent. Story continue...

COMMENTARY: The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed spectator sports forever

In recent years, some sports facilities have been called “white elephants.” The term dates back to ancient Asia when a king would gift a white elephant to a subordinate he was dissatisfied with because the associated costs of keeping a white elephant significantly outweigh its value.Today’s white elephants include sports facilities that have experienced substantial construction cost overruns, are underused or present a financial burden to taxpayers. White elephants are so common that sport facility legacies could possibly be the least promising benefit of hosting a major sport event.However, the term has generally not been applied to sport facilities that professional sport teams call home. The pandemic has further exaggerated these white elephant characteristics of just about all large sp...

Exercise may be the cure for ‘Blue Monday,’ experts say

This workweek will kick off with what’s fabled to be the most depressing day of the year, during one of the darkest eras in recent history.Experts say Blue Monday may be a little more than a marketing gimmick, but the pseudo-scientific concept speaks to the real struggles weighing on Canadians between the doldrums of winter and the pandemic’s second wave.But the national CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association says one of the best salves for this contagion-fuelled seasonal slump is as simple as getting up on your own two feet.“Our physical well-being really impacts our mental well-being,” Margaret Eaton said. “There is a very well documented connection showing that increasing your physical activity definitely impacts your mood.” Story continues below advertisement There’s no evidence...

Long-term care home staff struggle to isolate dementia patients amid coronavirus: experts

Staff in long-term care homes across Canada are struggling to isolate elderly residents with dementia during COVID-19 outbreaks, accelerating the deadly spread of the virus, experts say.These vulnerable residents have a tendency to wander as well as a need for social connection and physical touch, leading them to enter other patients’ rooms or common areas where they could contract or transmit the virus, say doctors and advocates.“It’s a significant problem in the time of COVID-19 and long-term care,” said Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, a national seniors advocacy group.“It’s also quite inhumane to be locking people up in their rooms. Older people with dementia in long-term care are not prisoners,” she added. “The good news is there are some things we can do to help support infection ...

‘Precarious work is a health hazard’: When staying home isn’t an option

Stay home.This has been one of the driving messages we’ve heard throughout the pandemic to combat the spread of COVID-19.Last week, the Ontario government’s stay-at-home order came into effect and the province entered its second state of emergency.“By doing the right thing and staying home, you can stay safe and save lives,” Premier Doug Ford said at a press conference at Queen’s Park.READ MORE: Coronavirus: Ontario government’s stay-at-home order now in effect It seems simple enough, but experts say when you take into account the hundreds of thousands of essential workers in health-care, transportation and other industries, staying home may not be an option.Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti, an infectious disease physician based in Mississauga, Ont., says the “stay at home” messaging overlooks the re...

3 people arrested and charged after anti-lockdown protests in Toronto

Toronto police have arrested and charged three people including two organizers of an anti-lockdown demonstration in Toronto on Saturday afternoon.Const. Caroline de Kloet told Global News police dispersed crowds at two large gatherings.The two demonstrations were located at Nathan Philips Square and Yonge Dundas Square.One officer was allegedly assaulted by a demonstrator.The Ontario government declared a state of emergency on January 12, making this the second since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.A stay-at-home order was also issued for at least 28 days. Story continues below advertisement Ahead of the protest, Toronto Police tweeted “The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a public health issue: it is a public safety issue, The emergency orders are clear; gatherings of more than give peopl...

Protestors demonstrate against Quebec’s curfew, argue it creates a ‘climate of fear’

A group of protestors braved a snowstorm on Saturday to gather in east-end Montreal to denounce the province’s COVID-19 curfew, which has been in place for a week.Activists argued that the the public health measure which is enforced by police officers has a “symbolic effect” but only actually serves to create  a climate of fear across Quebec.The protest took place in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough and was organized by a group called “No police solution to the health crisis.”Montreal police were present at the protest and asked that everyone present wear masks and respect the physical distancing guidelines. People participate in a demonstration opposing a curfew imposed by the Quebec government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes Organizers said in a statement the provincewide curf...

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