The latest coronavirus news in Canada and around the world Monday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
6h10 : A third athlete from the Olympic Village in Tokyo has tested positive for COVID-19, with the Czech Republic team reporting the latest case on Monday.
Beach volleyball player Ondrej Perušic’s opening game in seven days is now in jeopardy after a PCR test confirmed his infection.
Perušic and his playing partner were due to start their Olympic program on July 26 against opponents from Latvia.
Czech team chief Martin Doktor said in a statement he would ask to postpone the game until the infected player is cleared to play.
Perušic, who said he had been vaccinated, is the second member of the Czech delegation to test positive in Tokyo after the case of a team official was reported on Saturday.
He is the third athlete who was staying in the village to test positive. Two South African footballers saw their COVID-19 cases announced on Sunday.
6h : Ontario colleges and universities can fully reopen this fall with no capacity limits for courses or physical distancing requirements for students, says a government rating obtained by the Star.
However, face masks will still be required indoors, the note said, adding that schools should also hold vaccination clinics and offer rapid, asymptomatic COVID-19 testing while continuing to promote good hygiene and maintain additional cleaning measures.
The missive, sent to institutions on Friday, is a first glimpse of what post-secondary life will look like in September and signals that the government is seeking a return to normalcy after more than a year of disruption due to the pandemic that has taken a end to almost all in-person classes, the cool week and extracurricular activities, as well as campus life.
And this comes from the fact that at least one college – Seneca, in Toronto – has decided that anyone wishing to learn on campus this fall should be vaccinated, and also that the Ford government is considering how to handle the return of in-person learning. for elementary and high school students – a much anticipated plan that should be announced in the coming weeks.
Learn more about Star’s Kristin Rushowy.
5h25 : Cork stoppers popped, rhythms erupted and dizzy revelers rushed to dance floors when nightclubs in England reopened on Monday as the country lifted most remaining restrictions after more than one year of lockdowns, mask warrants and other restrictions on freedom linked to the pandemic.
For clubbers and nightclub owners, the timing lived up to its media nickname, “Freedom Day.” But the big step forward on the lockdown has sparked nervousness from many Britons and concern from scientists, who say the UK is entering uncharted waters by opening up when infections do not abate but soar.
As of Monday, face masks are no longer legally required in England, and with social distancing rules removed, there is no limit to the number of people attending theatrical performances or major events.
For nightclubs, this is the first time they have been allowed to open in nearly 18 months, and from London to Liverpool, thousands of people have danced the night away on Freedom Day parties from midnight.
But as entertainment companies and ravers gloat, many more are deeply concerned about the UK government’s decision to remove restrictions at a time when COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly due to the highly infectious delta variant identified. for the first time in India. Cases topped 50,000 a day last week for the first time since January, although virus deaths have remained relatively low so far.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has cut back on freedom talks in recent weeks, urged the public to show “caution and respect for others and the risks the disease continues to present.”
4h50: Toyota will not broadcast any Olympic-themed advertising on Japanese television during the Tokyo Games, despite being one of the IOC’s main commercial sponsors.
The extraordinary decision from the country’s largest automaker underlines just how polarizing the Games have become in Japan as COVID-19 infections rise ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony.
“There are many issues with these Games that are proving difficult to understand,” Jun Nagata, Toyota’s communications director, told reporters on Monday.
Managing Director Akio Toyoda, grandson of the company’s founder, will not attend the opening ceremony. That’s despite about 200 athletes competing in the Olympics and Paralympics who are affiliated with Toyota, including swimmer Takeshi Kawamoto and softball player Miu Goto.
Nagata said the company will continue to support its athletes.
Being a corporate sponsor of the Olympics is usually all about using the games as a platform to improve the brand. But being tied to Games in the pandemic era can be seen by some as a potential marketing problem.
Toyota Motor Corp. signed up as a global Olympic sponsor in 2015, in an eight-year deal valued at nearly $ 1 billion, becoming the first automaker to join the marketing program of foreground of the IOC.
4h30 : The federal government expects to receive approximately 7.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week, as it adjusts its distribution strategy amid declining vaccination rates and substantial supply.
The new shipments will include approximately 3.1 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and four million doses of Moderna.
“Over the next few weeks, we will cross the symbolic threshold of 66 million doses, signaling that there are enough doses in Canada to immunize all currently eligible Canadians,” said the Brigadier-General. Krista Brodie said Thursday at a virtual press conference in Ottawa.
Brodie, who oversees the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across the country, said Canada is moving towards a “more nuanced” approach as the supply of doses is on the verge of exceeding demand.
More than two million doses of the vaccine are already on hold because provinces have said they cannot yet use them, she said.
This decision marks a change from the original strategy of sending doses nationwide as soon as possible after arrival.
“As we move from limited supply to sufficient supply, we are implementing a more nuanced approach to ensure vaccines are managed in a way that best meets Canada’s sustainable national needs, as well as maximizing options. to support global immunization efforts, ”said Brodie.
Provinces can withdraw more doses than the reserved amount when and if they need it.
Canada’s vaccination rate remains among the highest in the world, but is starting to slow as the pool of people seeking a first or second dose shrinks.
Canada has already announced plans to donate the remaining 17.7 million doses from expected shipments of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to the global vaccine sharing alliance COVAX.
These doses will be shipped to developing countries that are far from the level of immunization currently enjoyed by Canada. In Africa, about three percent of the population has now received at least one dose, and 1.4 percent are fully