COVID-19 Live Updates: Coronavirus News in Calgary for December 18

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In a morning update, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada will receive approximately 500,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine in January, and said we could still get 168,000 doses of Moderna vaccine before the end of the month, pending Health Canada approval.

He also spoke about the letters some have received regarding possible CERB errors requiring reimbursement.

Trudeau said more than a million CERB payments were returned by people who obtained them unfairly, but he also told people not to worry about CERB payments being clawed back, especially over Christmas.

“I don’t want this to be an additional stressor that’s already like no other,” Trudeau said. “Be reassured, any error in good faith will not be sanctioned, will not be prosecuted.”


Over 400 cases of COVID-19 in Amazon warehouses in Ontario

One of Amazon’s “distribution centers” in Brampton, Ontario. Factories, food processing facilities and distribution centers fueling the surge in online retailing have generally been allowed to remain open during COVID-19 lockdowns in Ontario. Photo de Peter J. Thompson / National Post

Amazon’s distribution facilities around Canada’s largest airport have recorded more than 400 cases of COVID-19, a source said on Thursday, as concern mounts over the spread of the virus in industrial workplaces subject with few government restrictions.

Many municipalities in Ontario are now facing drastic closures in an attempt to curb the second wave of the pandemic, by banning most in-person shopping and restaurants. Similar rules have also been imposed in many other provinces.

But they tend not to affect the factories, food processing facilities, and distribution centers fueling the boom in online retailing, which are generally viewed as core industries.

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