The latest coronavirus news in Canada and around the world Thursday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
9h20 New cases of the coronavirus reached 1,308 in Tokyo on Thursday, a six-month high, amid fears of a possible dramatic increase that could flood hospitals during the Olympics which begin in eight days.
Tokyo is under a fourth state of emergency, which began on Monday and is forcing restaurants and bars to close early and not to serve alcohol during the Olympics, which begin on July 23.
Thursday’s tally is the highest since 1,485 were recorded on Jan.21, when Japan was under an earlier state of emergency, and also represents a jump from Wednesday’s 1,149.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike noted that the largest increase in severe cases and hospitalizations was among people in their 50s and under who are largely unvaccinated. She expressed concern about the impact on the medical system as infections are propelled by the more contagious delta strain of the virus.
“We need to stay alert,” Koike said, urging people to minimize exits and stick to basic anti-infective measures “to overcome this very difficult situation”.
8h30 Gabor Lukacs, air passenger rights advocate in Canada, goes one step further in his efforts to secure accountability and transparency from the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA).
On Tuesday, the Federal Court of Appeal granted Lukacs the right to pursue its previously rejected claim regarding the 2017 tarmac delays suffered by Air Transat passengers at the Ottawa airport.
On July 31, 2017, two Air Transat flights were diverted to the Ottawa airport and were delayed there on the tarmac for several hours.. Passengers complained about the high temperatures inside the plane, the lack of food and drink and the illness of some passengers.
Read the full story of Star’s Rosa Saba
7h50 The United States is shipping more than 3.2 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines.
The White House told The Associated Press that single-injection vaccines will begin arriving in the Philippines later this week through COVAX, the international program coordinating vaccine sharing with low- and middle-income countries.
It is one of the largest shipments in the United States’ expanding vaccine diplomacy campaign, with the country now sharing around 50 million doses with the world. More than 30 million doses are awaiting shipment to other countries, pending regulatory and logistical authorizations.
The United States will also purchase 500 million doses of Pfizer to share globally over the next year, with the first doses delivered in August.
7h40 When TO Live theaters shut down in the spring of 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Matt Farrell was already considering how to make them safer once they someday reopen.
“There wasn’t a lot of the hype around ventilation, it was mostly focused on hand sanitizer, saying, wipe down your groceries and that sort of thing,” recalls the vice president of ventilation. operations of the municipal agency, which oversees the Saint-Laurent Center. for the arts, Meridian Arts Center and Meridian Hall.
“It started very slowly, and it started to get stronger and stronger. “
As the province moves into Stage 3 of the reopening on Friday, allowing for the opening of public spaces such as restaurants, bars, gyms and theaters, Ontarians prepare to move inside and share air with strangers for the first time in many months.
Read the full story of Star’s May Warren
7h30 A mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Mississauga will close at the end of the month as the Region of Peel celebrates the delivery of nearly two million doses to residents.
On July 14, Peel Public Health announced that changes would be made to the vaccination schedule, as 55% of people 18 and older received their second dose.
The International Center clinic will close on July 26, but all other clinics will continue to operate with some adjustments based on community needs.
7:20h00 Mississauga restaurant faces a hefty fine for allegedly breaking Ontario’s COVID-19 rules.
The city’s enforcement report covering July 5-11 indicates that a Mississauga restaurant has been fined $ 880 for an alleged violation of COVID-19 orders.
A spokesperson for the Mississauga mayor’s office, Bonnie Crombie, said in an email that the restaurant in the city’s Heartland neighborhood was fined for allegedly allowing dining inside, which is not currently not permitted under Ontario Stage Two rules.
6h23 : Barcelona and the northeast corner of Spain that surrounds it are closing again to stem an uncontrolled wave of the Delta variant of the coronavirus that is unleashed among unvaccinated young people.
Regional authorities were waiting on Thursday for a judge to give the green light to their request to reinstate a nighttime curfew, their latest effort to tighten restrictions and discourage social gatherings where the virus is spreading.
The curfew order would affect cities with more than 5,000 inhabitants which exceed the rate of 400 infections per 100,000 inhabitants over 14 days.
The more infectious delta strain is re-emerging infections in many countries, even in Europe where vaccination efforts are going well and public health systems are strong. But Catalonia doubles the Spanish average and is one of the hardest hit areas in Europe with more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over 14 days. Only Cyprus is worse off in Europe, according to the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
6h20 : Sudbury & Districts Public Health reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.
There is currently only one active case in the area, and it is located in Greater Sudbury.
The health unit has reported 2,172 cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic, including 2,019 in Greater Sudbury, 113 in the Sudbury District and 40 in the Manitoulin District.
6h19 : The new Sudbury & District Public Health mobile vaccination clinic had a successful first round on Tuesday at two locations in Greater Sudbury.
The bus visited Cambrian Heights in the morning and stopped on Kathleen Street near downtown Sudbury in the afternoon.
The health unit said it was able to vaccinate 124 people, including 24 people who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It is not too late to come see us for your first dose and we would be happy to answer any of your questions,” Public Health said.
The mobile clinic visited 720 Bruce Avenue in Greater Sudbury on Wednesday morning and McClelland Arena in Copper Cliff in the afternoon.
6h17 : The Quebec Minister of Health called on the 700,000 Quebecers who have appointments after September 1 for the second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to increase their appointments via the Clic Santé site in a tweet on Monday afternoon .
“I invite Quebecers to bring their appointment forward via Clic Santé before this date,” said Dubé.
The minister added that a second dose of the vaccine can be given as early as four weeks after the first dose, and that the Pfizer and Moderna injections can be taken interchangeably.
Dube said Quebec public health officials are now targeting an 80% vaccination rate to ward off the more easily transmitted variants that are of concern.
In addition, many retailers are delighted with the news that Quebec has lifted restrictions on the number of shoppers in one store at a time.
The province said, however, that retailers would be responsible for keeping shoppers more than three feet apart and that masks remain mandatory.
Quebec Retail Council Director General Jean-Guy Côté said its members had called for an end to pandemic-related restrictions on the number of customers allowed in stores at any given time.
He said retailers were concerned that customers had decided to cut back on in-person purchases due to long lines outside their stores.
Thursday 6:15 am: Will COVID-19 vaccines work if I have a weak immune system?
Probably not as good as in healthy people, but injections should offer some protection.
This is why vaccinations are always recommended for people whose immune systems are weakened by illness or certain medications. It is also important that your family, friends and caregivers get vaccinated, which will make them much less likely to transmit the virus.
About 3% of American adults have a weakened immune system. Among them are people living with HIV or AIDS, transplant recipients, some cancer patients, and people with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and lupus.
COVID-19 injections have not been studied in large numbers of people with weakened immune systems. But limited data and experience with flu and pneumonia vaccines suggests they won’t work as well as others. This means that people with weakened immune systems should continue to take precautions like wearing masks and avoiding large crowds.
“It’s safe to use whatever precautions you used before getting vaccinated,” said Dr. Ajit Limaye, a transplant expert at the University of Washington Medicine in Seattle.
Read Wednesday’s coronavirus news.