Ontario’s borders with Quebec and Manitoba reopen on Wednesday; COVID-19 death toll in US exceeds 600,000 – –

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Ontario’s borders with Quebec and Manitoba reopen on Wednesday; COVID-19 death toll in US exceeds 600,000 – –


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

6h15 : Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that 70% of adults in New York City have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, a threshold he said the state would celebrate by relaxing many of its rules remaining social distancing and shooting fireworks.

“What does 70% mean? It means we can now come back to life as we know it, ”Cuomo told an invitation-only crowd at Manhattan’s World Trade Center.

As of now, he said, the state is lifting rules that required many types of businesses to follow cleaning protocols or take people’s temperatures or screen them for recent symptoms of COVID- 19.

Movie theaters will no longer have to leave empty seats between customers. Restaurants will no longer be required to host parties at least 2 meters (6 feet) away. Stores will not have to limit the number of customers they admit. New York had previously allowed companies to stop enforcing social distancing and masking rules for vaccinated customers.

Some rules will remain: New Yorkers, for now, will continue to be required to wear masks in schools, subways, major sports arenas, homeless shelters, hospitals, retirement homes, prisons and more. prisons. Unvaccinated New Yorkers will still be subject to a mask warrant when indoors in public places.

Cuomo, a Democrat, said there would be fireworks in the state Tuesday night to celebrate and honor essential workers.

6h10 : Ontario’s borders with Quebec and Manitoba reopen completely today.

A provincial order restricting interprovincial travel between these provinces expired at midnight.

The regulation was introduced in April as Ontario battled a third wave of COVID-19.

It applied to land and sea borders.

Travel between regions was limited to essential reasons such as health care, custody or compassionate grounds such as attending a funeral.

It also allowed law enforcement to arrest and question people about the reasons for their entry into Ontario.

6h : The chorus for a clear plan on how to reopen Canada’s borders to international travelers intensified on Tuesday as Canada neared a milestone in vaccination.

With nearly 75 percent of eligible Canadians having a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Western Premiers demanded that the Trudeau government come up with a clear, “science-based” plan with dates and exactly what to do. What fully vaccinated Canadian and foreign travelers should expect in terms of vaccine trials, trials or quarantine requirements.

“Come Thursday, we expect the federal government to have a plan and then we’ll work to build consensus around it,” BC Premier John Horgan said ahead of a scheduled meeting. prime ministers.

“We need to have a focused approach in this regard. “

Yet even though the federal government has touted reaching the nearly 75% vaccination threshold with a first dose, and expects 20% to be fully vaccinated in the coming weeks, it warned that the variant Highly contagious Delta could extend some COVID-19 restrictions and require a slower phased approach to borders.

Read more from Tonda MacCharles from Star.

5h55 : Ontario stepped up vaccination efforts on Monday, speeding up second-dose eligibility for spe residents in sensitive areas of the province. While many are anxious to receive their second injection faster, confusion over eligibility and wait times, as well as limitations in vaccine supply, have left some feeling frustrated.

The 60,000 new second-dose immunization appointments created for clinics in Toronto on Monday morning were booked within hours, leaving many people unsure of when they can finally be fully immunized. Nearly 100,000 vaccine appointments across Ontario have been booked through the provincial portal Monday at noon, according to the Department of Health.

“We know that appointments in some public health units (PHU) were booked quickly and we continue to work with PHUs to put more appointments online,” said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health. Health in a statement to The Star, adding that appointments could still be available through other channels, such as pharmacies and pop-up clinics.

“We ask everyone to be patient as more appointments are posted by public health units. “

Here’s a list from Star’s Irelyne Lavery and Ben Cohen on everything you need to know about accelerated second doses and when you should be eligible.

5h40 : The death toll in the United States from COVID-19 has topped 600,000, even as the vaccination campaign reduced daily cases and deaths and lifted the country out of gloom.

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The number of lives lost has been recorded by Johns Hopkins University. The number of lives lost is greater than the population of Baltimore or Milwaukee. This is roughly equal to the number of Americans who died from cancer in 2019.

The milestone came the same day California and New York City lifted most of their remaining restrictions, joining other states in leading the way, step by step, for what could be a fun, close-to-the-summer summer. normal for many Americans.

With the vaccine arriving in mid-December, daily COVID-19 deaths in the United States have dropped to an average of around 340, from a high of over 3,400 in mid-January. Cases are around 14,000 per day on average, compared to a quarter of a million per day in winter.

The actual death toll in the United States and around the world is believed to be significantly higher.

More than 50% of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while more than 40% are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But demand for vaccines in the United States has dropped significantly, leaving many places with excess doses and casting doubt on whether the country will meet Biden’s target of having 70 percent of American adults vaccinated. at least partially by July 4. at just under 65 percent.

17h30 : As COVID cases drop across the rest of Ontario, the remote Northeastern Kashechewan First Nation has seen a worrying increase in disease.

As of Tuesday, there were 232 active cases in the community of 1,800 along the James Bay coast. The majority are children under the age of 18, including at least one baby, Chef Leo told The Star on Friday.

“They are very scared,” he said of members of his community.

Many people, including children, are at risk because they have lung problems from black mold, he said. It is a chronic problem in homes, which are also overcrowded, making it easier for the virus to spread.

Learn more about May Warren from The Star.

04h05 : The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada at 4 a.m. ET on Wednesday, June 16, 2021:

In Canada, the provinces report 446,839 new vaccines administered for a total of 29,901,453 doses administered. Nationally, 5,239,384 people, or 14% of the population, have been fully immunized. The provinces administered doses at a rate of 78,897.159 per 100,000.

There have been 1,618,010 new vaccines delivered to provinces and territories for a total of 33,050,274 doses delivered to date. The provinces and territories used 90.47% of their available vaccine supply.

4 am: The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada at 4 a.m. ET on Wednesday, June 16, 2021:

There are 1,404,093 confirmed cases in Canada.

Canada: 1,404,093 confirmed cases (14,923 active, 1,363,198 resolved, 25,972 deaths). * Total number of cases includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travelers.

There were 809 new cases on Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 39.27 per 100,000 people. In the past seven days, there have been a total of 8,683 new cases. The seven-day moving average of new cases is 1,240.

There were 30 new deaths reported on Tuesday. In the past seven days, a total of 181 new deaths have been reported. The seven-day moving average of new reported deaths is 26. The seven-day moving average death rate is 0.07 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 68.34 per 100,000 people.

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