The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world on Saturday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
8h49: COVID has been Canada’s longest and darkest winter. Residents bubbled, cuddled and waited, believing that May would bring reliable sunshine and they could become patio animals again. They would get back to their six feet, just enough room for four chairs and a table with an umbrella, tip big, and help their favorite local bar get back on their feet – a patio stimulation package.
On a patio, they could eat, drink, talk and laugh to fight their way to an economic recovery, one pint, one burger at a time – the beginning of the end of the pandemic, a start that was again delayed.
“I think patios are a central part of any metropolis. They bring the city to life, ”says Sharat Ramamani, 26, a technical manager who lives in Cabbagetown and who, in the summer, spends one or two nights a week outdoors with friends.
“I think that’s the reason why you have so many people asking at least that the patios be opened again,” says Ramamani.
Whether or not the patios should be open now is a matter of debate among experts.
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8h47: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that fully vaccinated people – those who have passed the last required dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for two weeks – may
But on Capitol Hill, lawmakers must continue to wear masks on House floors, according to a note from the office of attending physician Dr Brian Monahan.
“The current mask requirement and other guidelines remain unchanged until all MPs and floor staff are fully immunized,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said in a note to her colleagues. democrats. “The return of the Capitol to the welcoming and safe place it has been obliges us not only to secure it physically, but also to protect it from the virus.”
Recent surveys suggest that around 1 in 4 House legislators are not fully immunized.
Lawmakers can remove their masks when in the House to make speeches, but must mask themselves after they are finished. They are, however, free to resume “pre-pandemic activities” elsewhere in the complex of offices and public spaces of the Maison.
8h45: Georgia’s 26 public universities and colleges are not currently planning to require students, faculty, or staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the fall, according to guidelines from the University System of Georgia.
In March, the university system of 340,000 students asked all campuses “to plan to resume normal activities for the fall semester of 2021.” Thursday’s advice says fully vaccinated people won’t have to socially distance themselves or wear masks, while unvaccinated people “are strongly encouraged to continue” to take social distances and wear face masks. interior.
Universities are supposed to make sure vaccines are available, but schools will not be “responsible for assessing current COVID-19 vaccination rates for their institution.”
The university system said it made the decisions in concert with the State Department of Public Health and that they are subject to change.
The Board of Regents insisted on at least some face-to-face instruction in the fall and spring semesters. These movements occurred despite resistance from some employees.
8h45: Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, says it won’t require shoppers or vaccinated workers to wear masks in its U.S. stores unless state or local laws say otherwise.
Vaccinated buyers can go without masks immediately, the company said. Vaccinated workers can stop wearing them on May 18. As an incentive, Walmart said it is offering workers $ 75 if they prove they have been vaccinated.
Walmart says it won’t ask buyers if they’ve been vaccinated. However, workers will have to tell the company if they have been vaccinated so that they no longer have a mask.
8h44: India’s two largest cities have reported a drop in daily infections, but the government warns the devastating outbreak is spreading to rural areas, where nearly two-thirds of India’s 1.4 billion people live .
India has reported 326,098 new confirmed cases and 3,890 deaths in the past 24 hours, although experts say both figures are undercount. The health ministry had reported 343,144 cases on Friday and 362,727 on Thursday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday warned people to take extra precautions as the virus was spreading rapidly in rural areas. He said the government was mobilizing all resources, including the military.
Reports indicate that villagers have rushed the sick to nearby towns for treatment because health care facilities are limited in the countryside.
The Indian capital reported less than 10,000 new cases per day for the first time in more than a month. It has registered 8,506 cases in the past 24 hours.
After peaking at 11,000 daily infections, Mumbai, the financial and entertainment capital of India, has reported less than 2,000.
8h44: As coronavirus infections decline in parts of the world and the summer holiday season tentatively begins, the Dutch government has relaxed travel restrictions for a group of popular holiday destinations.
Among the countries at low risk of infections that can be visited from Saturday are Portugal, Malta, Ireland, Thailand, Rwanda, the former Dutch colonies of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten and a large group of ‘Greek Islands.
They previously wore Code Orange, meaning the government advised not to go there unless it was urgently needed. The Greek mainland and Crete remain under code orange.
Destinations are now coded yellow, meaning Dutch travelers can visit without having to undergo a COVID-19 test and self-isolate on their return.
However, the Foreign Office stresses that travelers should always obey local rules and restrictions in the countries they visit, which may include showing a negative coronavirus test and self-isolation on arrival. .
8: 43 h: Britain is deploying military-backed public health officials to distribute door-to-door coronavirus tests in two towns in northern England to help contain a rapidly spreading variant that threatens plans to ease the lockdown.
Cases of a strain first identified in India more than doubled in a week. Government science advisers say the variant is likely more transmissible than the dominant strain from the UK, although it is not known to what extent.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that the variant “could seriously disrupt our progress”. He said the next step in the lockdown easing measures will take place as scheduled on Monday, but warned the variant could delay plans to lift all restrictions on June 21.
Labor Party lawmaker Yvette Cooper said the government had not banned visitors from arriving from India until April 23, a move that let in “several hundred new case variants.”
More than two-thirds of UK adults have received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 37% have had both doses. The government is closing the dose gap for people over 50 from 12 to 8 weeks in an effort to give them more protection.
8h41: Ontario golfers have pushed the province to reopen courses ordered to close while the province is on stay-at-home orders, but some observers believe access to outdoor recreation facilities serving a a larger population should be given equal priority.
Doctors and recreation facility administrators say Canadians should have access to affordable, inclusive and local ways to get out and exercise, as long as healthcare professionals deem it safe.
“Many of the people I care for live in dense apartment buildings, have small indoor spaces, and don’t have the luxury of a backyard,” said Dr Naheed Dosani, palliative care physician and activist. for health justice in Toronto.
“We really need to think about how to keep these people healthy, physically and mentally.”
Dr Dosani and others hope the province will make any reopening of recreational opportunities fair. Besides golf courses, basketball nets, skateparks and tennis courts were off limits for months.
Golfers and club operators say the sport is safe because it is possible to play golf while masked and physically removed, other provinces currently allow the sport and people do not travel to play.
“They are looking to play on their local golf course in their home community for the physical and mental health break the sport offers,” said Mike Kelly, CEO of the Ontario Golf Association, in may.
Several doctors have even given the green light to golf and many other forms of outdoor exercise because the risk of transmitting COVID-19 is low outdoors.
4 am: The latest COVID-19 immunization figures in Canada at 4 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 15, 2021.
In Canada, provinces report 494,638 new vaccines administered for a total of 17,734,225 doses administered. Nationwide, 1,370,327 people, or 3.6% of the population, have been fully immunized. The provinces administered doses at a rate of 46,793,043 per 100,000 people.
No new vaccine has been delivered to provinces and territories for a total of 20,355,204 doses delivered to date. The provinces and territories used 87.12% of their stock of available vaccine.
4 am: The last number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada at 4 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 15, 2021.
There are 1,318,399 confirmed cases in Canada (73,420 active, 1,220,110 resolved, 24,869 deaths). The total number of cases includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travelers.
There were 5,987 new cases on Friday. The rate of active cases is 193.18 per 100,000 people. In the past seven days, there have been a total of 45,233 new cases. The seven-day moving average of new cases is 6,462.
There were 44 new deaths reported on Friday. In the past seven days, 340 new deaths have been reported. The seven-day moving average of new reported deaths is 49. The seven-day moving average death rate is 0.13 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 65.44 per 100,000 people.
There were 33,260,624 tests performed.