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.
6h16 : At least 51 state and federal lawsuits have challenged the rules that governed life in Michigan during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating an unprecedented crush of litigation.
One lawsuit had the arguments that helped overturn Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s 188 pandemic decrees when the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that an emergency powers act of 1945 was unconstitutional.
But even this case remains active since it is appealed by the Whitmer administration. Ten more remain on hold as they seek to recoup the financial losses suffered in a now unconstitutional lockdown and overturn the state health department’s epidemic orders that replaced Whitmer’s orders after the ruling from the High Court.
Residents and businesses began suing Whitmer’s orders on April 1, 2020, and 21 were filed within seven weeks. Just before the Supreme Court ruling, the tally had risen to 31. Another 20 lawsuits were filed after the Oct. 2 ruling in opposition to the epidemic orders.
The suits came from ice rinks and gymnasiums, lawmakers and schools, protesters and restaurants, people wishing to visit their cabins and others wishing to drive a motorboat. A large piece was deposited by residents representing themselves, some manuscripts.
Of the 11 still awaiting a final decision, three relate to private schools, and one is a group of ice rinks and bowling alleys seeking repayment for the money they lost under Whitmer’s orders.
6h15 : While many businesses in this southwestern Montana “ghost town” lure tourists with its Wild West mining and vigilante past, a businessman has arrived offering a modern product: COVID-19 vaccines.
Kyle Austin, a traveling pharmacist, set up his mobile clinic in Virginia City on a recent Saturday, the last stop on his Montana vaccine deserts circuit.
“In any business, going to people is better than waiting for people to come to you,” said the 38-year-old pharmacist.
While many businesses have scaled back during the height of the pandemic, Austin saw COVID-19 as an opportunity. He opened his own store, Pharm406, in Billings – a nod to Montana’s only area code. Then, when the COVID-19 vaccine became available and thousands of people across Montana were stranded on waiting lists, it hit towns large and small in a school bus turned into a vaccination clinic, offering walk-in vaccines.
“When they started talking about the release of COVID-19, I was like, ‘Okay, we’re going to create a vaccine, there will be a high demand for it, and Montana doesn’t have a lot of it. access “,” he mentioned. “I hate to say it, but I literally took advantage of COVID-19-19 to open up and move on. “
Today, with demand dripping and the nation grappling with how to complete vaccine distribution, collecting stragglers is part of Austin’s business model as it rotates between cities. He sees it as a service to rural Montana that could also be profitable for him.
Wednesday 6:13 am: More than 100 Australian citizens left the Indonesian tourist island of Bali on Wednesday aboard a special repatriation flight organized by the Australian government.
Many Australians are stranded in Bali as flights from Indonesia to Australia have been restricted since the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia.
“This Qantas flight is assigned to the repatriation of Australian citizens who will take it to Darwin,” airport public relations manager Taufan Yudhistira said on Wednesday.
The plane flew empty from Sydney to Denpasar, the capital of Bali, and took off for Darwin on Wednesday afternoon with 186 people on board, including infants and crew, Yudhistira said.
Ian Young, a passenger, said he would return to Bali after seeing his family in Melbourne.
“I couldn’t see my family,” he said. “I’m just going to see my family and come back to Bali quickly. “
Australia’s Consulate General in Bali said the Australian government has worked in partnership with Indonesian authorities to arrange the flight of people whose planes have been canceled or whose transit options are no longer available.
He said Australia was continuing to explore ways to support Australians who wish to return home.
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