Today’s Coronavirus News: Canadians Divided Over Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines; World Bank approves $ 12 billion to finance vaccines; UK plans new anti-coronavirus measures in northern England


The last coronavirus news from Canada and around the world on Wednesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

7 h 07 A new report on the mental health of Canadian workers suggests loneliness is worse for many people than fear of dying from COVID-19.

Morneau Shepell’s overall mental health index for September was down 10.2 points from its pre-2020 benchmark. The August reading was down 11.2 points from the index benchmark, while July was down 10.4 points.

While the financial impact of the pandemic and falling ill with COVID-19 were the most common concerns, people who identified loneliness as a concern had the lowest mental health score of minus 25.8.

This was even lower than the score of minus 17.7 for those who cited fear of dying from COVID-19 as a concern.

Morneau Shepell’s latest monthly report on his Mental Health Index is based on online responses collected from August 21 to 30, before the recent spike in COVID cases.

The professional body of the survey industry says that online surveys cannot be given a margin of error because they do not sample the population at random.

5h39: The World Bank has approved $ 12 billion in funding to help developing countries purchase and distribute coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatment, with the aim of supporting the immunization of one billion people.

The $ 12 billion ‘envelope’ is part of a larger World Bank Group program of up to $ 160 billion to help developing countries fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the bank said in a press release Tuesday evening.

The World Bank said its COVID-19 emergency response programs are already reaching 111 countries.

Citizens in developing countries must also have access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, he said.

“We are expanding and expanding our fast-track approach to dealing with the COVID emergency so that developing countries have equitable and equal access to vaccines,” the bank’s president David Malpass said in the statement.

“Access to safe and effective vaccines and to strengthened distribution systems is essential to alter the course of the pandemic and help countries facing catastrophic economic and fiscal impacts move towards resilient recovery,” he said. he declares.

The International Finance Corporation, the private sector lending arm of the World Bank, is investing in vaccine makers through a $ 4 billion global health platform, the statement said.

5 h 11: India has confirmed more than 63,000 new cases of the coronavirus, an increase of more than 8,000 from the previous day but still far fewer than it reported a month ago, when the virus was at its peak in the country .

The health ministry reported 63,509 new cases on Wednesday, bringing India’s total to more than 7.2 million, second in the world behind the United States. The ministry also reported 730 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 110,586. The country has seen more than 1,000 deaths a day last month.

According to the Ministry of Health, the average number of daily cases in India dropped to 72,576 last week, from 92,830 in the week of September 9 to 15, when the virus peaked. Over the past month, the country has seen a downward trend in cases from week to week.

5 h 05: Health officials are due to meet on Wednesday to discuss whether to add areas of northern England, including Manchester and Lancashire, at the most risky level, which means additional anti-coronavirus measures such as the closing of pubs could soon be imposed there. Only Liverpool were placed in the highest risk category when the plan was unveiled on Monday.

The talks come as the Northern Ireland regional government prepares to announce even tougher measures, including a two-week school shutdown. Northern Ireland has the highest infection rate among the UK’s four countries.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing criticism from all sides two days after announcing his three-tiered approach to controlling the virus.



A report released on Tuesday showed that government science advisers called for tougher measures, including a two to three week nationwide lockdown. The opposition Labor Party has called for this advice to be followed, while members of Johnson’s Conservative Party say the measures already in place go too far and hurt the economy.

5 am: A new poll suggests Canadians are turning against the idea that the government requires people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when it becomes available.

Only 39% of respondents to the poll by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies said a COVID-19 vaccine should be mandatory, while 54% said it should be voluntary.

This is a marked change from July, when 57% favored mandatory vaccinations and 43% felt they should be voluntary.

The new poll also suggested a greater general reluctance to get vaccinated when a vaccine becomes available, with 63% of respondents saying they would, down seven percentage points from July.

4 am: An outbreak of COVID-19 on an air-accessible reserve in Manitoba and an increase in infections among the province’s First Nations populations are worrying leaders.

“This is a wake-up call to all of us,” said Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas.

Manitoba’s First Nations people were largely spared from infections earlier this year during the first wave of COVID-19, as leaders imposed travel restrictions and restrictions.

But Dumas said the initial success “allowed a little apathy to seep in. “

There have been 179 cases of COVID-19 among First Nations people in Manitoba, most in recent weeks, according to the Manitoba First Nations COVID-19 Pandemic Response Coordination Team.

By the Thanksgiving weekend, there were 143 active cases among First Nations people in the province. Sixty of them were on reserves, more than half of all cases on reserves nationwide.

Tuesday 9:42 p.m. China says it has carried out more than 4.2 million tests in the northern port city of Qingdao, without any new cases of coronavirus being found among the nearly 2 million sets of results received.

The city has reported a total of 12 cases, six with symptoms and six without, since the new outbreak was first spotted over the weekend in a hospital.

China reported 27 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, including 13 new cases of local transmission and 14 cases brought from outside the country. Local cases included seven who had been transferred to confirmed asymptomatic. It was not immediately clear whether any of those cases involved reported cases in Qingdao.

China has reported a total of 4,634 deaths out of 85,611 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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