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Homelessness brings extra COVID-19 challenges to an already vulnerable population

Stay at home, self-isolate and limit your contacts: All common directives from public health officials during the pandemic, but they’re easier said than done for people experiencing homelessness.“This is a challenge at all times. Income is a major determinant of health,” chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said Thursday.Roussin says officials are looking at getting rapid testing for more vulnerable people, and they are expanding isolation centres for people who have nowhere to go if they are required to isolate.On Wednesday, Shared Health chief nursing officer Lanette Siragusa said a new 140-bed isolation facility was set to open at the end of the week. There is another 39-bed shelter that’s currently at capacity and another 40-bed shelter that’s also nearing capacity,...

Coronavirus: Are Manitobans crossing provincial borders to shop?

It’s not uncommon to see Manitoba licence plates in neighbouring communities outside the province, but those same licence plates appear to have some residents of those areas feeling uneasy as of late.Yorkton, Sask., for example, is popular shopping destination for Manitobans close to the border.Last weekend, after the Manitoba government restricted the sale of non-essential items at businesses allowed to remain open, some Yorkton residents argue they’ve seen an increase in the number of Manitoba plates in their parking lots.“There probably are more (Manitoba plates),” Yorkton Councillor Darcy Zaharia said.“If they can shop here for Christmas presents and they can’t shop in Manitoba because you’re only selling essentials, chances are we are getting more people here.” Story continues below a...

New measures aimed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in Saskatchewan now in place

New measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus are now in effect across Saskatchewan.As of 12:01 a.m. Friday, seating is limited to four people at a single table at all restaurants and licensed establishments. Tables must be two metres apart if there is a barrier between them and three metres apart if there is no barrier.Guest and reservation information must also be maintained by restaurants and establishments.The current curfew on liquor service remains in place. Last call is 10 p.m. and all alcohol must be consumed by 11 p.m.The province has also suspended all sports activities, including games and practices, in all amateur and recreational leagues for all age groups. Story continues below advertisement Athletes and dancers 18 years of age and younger can still practice, although ...

Coronavirus: 3 charged in connection with St. Thomas and Aylmer ‘Freedom Rallies’

Police across the region continue to crack down on the organizers of several so-called ‘Freedom Rallies.’Earlier this week, three London women were charged with violating COVID-19 public health restrictions after an anti-masking protest was held last weekend in Victoria Park.Police in St. Thomas and Aylmer announced Thursday that they have also laid charges in connection to similar events held in their communities.Two people in St. Thomas are facing charges after a rally on Nov. 14 drew about 200 people. Police did not specify the charges but said more information will be released in the coming days. Trending Stories A 43-year-old woman has been charged by Aylmer police with four counts under the Reopening Ontario Act, including two counts of hosting a public gathering that exceeds the num...

Will Canada lag behind on coronavirus vaccines? It’s complicated, experts say

Promising coronavirus vaccine developments have made headlines in recent weeks, prompting many Canadians to question when they’ll be able to get the jab that can help to bring life back to normal.And as other countries begin to claim they might provide some of their citizens with a vaccine next month, some politicians and pundits have started questioning whether Canada is slipping to the back of the line.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made comments on Tuesday that set off those concerns, as he noted that Canada doesn’t have the same capacity for domestic vaccine production that other countries have at their disposal.“The very first vaccines that roll off an assembly line in a given country are likely to be given to citizens of that particular country,” Justin Trudeau told reporters. “But sh...

Rick Zamperin’s Week 12 NFL Picks: Bills grab 8th win, Brady can’t keep up with Mahomes

Oof. Week 11 of the NFL season was a complete disaster in terms of my picks.I went a dreadful 7-7 straight up and a miserable 2-12 against the spread last week, correctly predicting that Washington and Pittsburgh would cover — and that’s it.This week, I’m going to shake things up and not over-think each game. Fingers crossed, here goes.Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills (-5.5) Buffalo is coming off a bye week while the 3-7 Chargers are travelling cross country. The Bills are the much better team and improve to 8-3. Buffalo 30-27Miami Dolphins at New York Jets ( 7) The 6-4 Dolphins are favoured by a touchdown over the 0-10 Jets. That’s a fairly big number considering Miami is coming off a loss in Denver in which they scored just 13 points and rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa was benched. Tua reb...

Canadians showing coronavirus fatigue, though most still support government measures: poll

A majority of Canadians say they still agree with prolonged shutdowns and restrictions to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a new poll — though almost half say they are getting tired of those same precautions.According to new polling from Ipsos, over seven out of 10 Canadians indicated support for a four-week shutdown of non-essential businesses in order to combat Canada’s growing numbers of new COVID-19 cases, while another 87 per cent say they intend to continue taking health precautions seriously until the spring.Ipsos CEO of Public Affairs Darrell Bricker said it isn’t surprising that they’ve seen a consistent majority of Canadians supporting stronger measures in order to get through the pandemic. Story continues below advertisement “I know that it seems like som...

Germany becomes 12th country to surpass 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases

The number of COVID-19 infections in Germany surpassed the one million mark and the daily death toll hit a record of 426, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Friday.The figures reflected the reality that Germany was at best keeping new infections stable, which Chancellor Angela Merkel has said would not suffice to ease restrictions and eliminate the risk of overwhelming hospitals.The number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 22,806 to 1,006,394, according to the RKI.That was 842 fewer new cases than a week ago. [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ] The reported death toll rose by 426 to 15,586, the tally showed. That number was at 260 a week ago, and at 49 on Nov. 2, the day the “lockdown lite” was launc...

South Korea says North Korea tried to hack its coronavirus vaccine developers

South Korea’s intelligence agency foiled North Korean attempts to hack into South Korean companies developing coronavirus vaccines, lawmakers said on Friday.Ha Tae-keung, a member of the parliamentary intelligence committee, said after being briefed by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) that the agency did not specify how many and which drugmakers were targeted but said there was no damage from the hacking attempts.The revelation came after Microsoft said early this month that hackers working for the Russian and North Korean governments have tried to break into the networks of seven pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers in Canada, France, India, South Korea and the United States.The closed-door briefings by the NIS, which shares intelligence and analysis with counterparts a...

South Korea scrambles to avoid hospital bed shortage amid new coronavirus surge

South Korea reported more than 500 new coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day on Friday, a level unseen in nearly nine months, as a third wave of infections spread nationwide, leaving authorities scrambling to provide more hospital beds.“The situation is extremely serious and acute, as all of the 17 metropolitan cities and provinces and especially all the 25 districts in Seoul are reporting new cases,” Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun told a meeting on COVID-19 responses.The daily tally of 569 came a day after the numbers hit the highest level since March 6, when South Korea was reeling from the first major COVID-19 outbreak outside China.Of the latest cases, 525 were domestically transmitted and more than 64% of those were from the Seoul metropolitan area, according to the Korea Di...

At least 5 dead after fire breaks out at Indian hospital treating COVID-19 patients

By Staff The Associated Press Posted November 26, 2020 11:24 pm NEW DELHI — A fire broke out early Friday in a privately-run hospital treating coronavirus patients in western India, killing at least five of them and injuring 28 others.Police officer K.N. Bhukan said fire engines restricted the blaze to one floor of the hospital and extinguished it within 30 minutes.The cause of the fire is being investigated.The Press Trust of India news agency said the fire started in the intensive care unit of Uday Shivanand Hospital that was treating 33 coronavirus patients. Trending Stories Some of the patients with fire burns were evacuated to another hospital in Rajkot, a city in western Gujarat state, nearly 1,100 kilometres ( 685 miles) southwest of New Delhi. Story continues below advertisement 1:...

U.K. to assess AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine as questions swirl over data

The British government said Friday it has formally asked the country’s medicines regulator to assess whether a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University should be authorized for use.The step comes amid questions about preliminary results from trials of the jab, after the company and the university acknowledged that the most encouraging part of their findings stemmed from a dosing error.U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he had asked the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to determine whether the vaccine “meets rigorous safety standards.”It’s the second vaccine candidate to reach the formal assessment stage in Britain, following a shot developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. A third vaccine from U.S. firm Moderna is not far behind....

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