Quebec lifts more COVID-19 restrictions; Canada to receive more than 2.3 million doses of Pfizer vaccine this week – .

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Quebec lifts more COVID-19 restrictions; Canada to receive more than 2.3 million doses of Pfizer vaccine this week – .


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.

8h00: Alison Engel-Yan is concerned that her immunocompromised daughter may be in close contact with an unvaccinated nurse, but the mother of three is not sure, despite her best efforts.

This lack of transparency is the result of privacy legislation preventing Ontario families from knowing whether or not their healthcare workers are vaccinated against COVID-19, leading some to fear that the same people that are supposed to protect their health can be threatening. he.

When vaccines were first rolled out and health workers prioritized, Engel-Yan began asking home and school nurses who care for her 10-year-old daughter Gavi if they had. made appointments for the vaccines, expressing “genuine enthusiasm” at the prospect.

“You are so lucky… I’m jealous… we can’t wait to protect Gavi,” Engel-Yan told the nurses. Three confirmed they had scheduled injections, but the fourth expressed a desire to delay the vaccine whenever asked. The family could feel some hesitation. So they called the nurse’s agency, VHA Home HealthCare.

“We were told we were allowed to refuse service, but they won’t replace her and they won’t guarantee a vaccinated nurse,” Engel-Yan said. Management also asked the worried mother to stop questioning the nurse about her vaccination, so as not to put pressure on her.

For families like Engel-Yan’s, this is where privacy and public health collide. When healthcare workers enter their homes, families can be asked to tie up their pets or refrain from lighting scented candles or wearing perfume – to protect the workers. But for reasons of confidentiality, nursing agencies do not disclose whether a worker is vaccinated or not.

Read the full story of Star’s Maria Sarrouh and Olivia Bowden.

7h15 Quebec lifted other restrictions related to COVID-19 across the province on Sunday, including extending the closing hours of bars and restaurants and increasing assembly capacities.

The Department of Health announced the latest COVID-19 easing measures for early August, July 26.

Quebecers are now allowed to drink alcohol in bars and restaurants until 1 a.m., gaining an additional hour compared to previous restrictions set at midnight.

Indoor venues and stadiums can now accommodate 7,500 people, with a maximum of 500 per section, and outdoor festivals can accommodate up to 15,000 with pre-assigned seats.

The Montreal Alouettes football team were among the first in the sports community to respond with joy to the announcement last week, saying they were “extremely happy” and that it “would allow the team to host up to ‘to 15,000 spectators at Percival-Molson Memorial Stadium. .

7h00 : It might not be the futuristic nap, electric scooter, or traditional Silicon Valley ping-pong table, but many Canadian companies will offer a new edge to help recruit and retain workers in the world. post-pandemic economy.

Let them stay away!

The ability to work from home, at the cottage or at the beach, which workers have benefited from during COVID-19 shutdowns will be key to retaining and attracting the best talent in the future world of work, experts say.

“There is a shortage of highly skilled labor in a number of industries, and companies have to struggle hard to recruit and retain (the best employees),” says York University economist Maxim Voronov.

“And so, I would certainly expect this consideration of flexible working arrangements to be built into their efforts to (attract) the best people,” says Voronov, professor of organizational studies at the Schulich School of Business in York. .

Read the full story of Joseph Hall here.

6h40 : Salimullah, a Rohingya refugee, has lived in the Indian capital of New Delhi since 2013 when he fled the violence in Myanmar. Stateless and now homeless after a fire razed his camp, the 35-year-old lives in a tent with up to 10 other people at a time.

Before the pandemic, he ran a small business selling groceries in a shack. But it was shut down during India’s hard lockdown that lasted for months, and its savings were gone. He and his family survived on food donations, but he must return to work soon, despite the risk of contracting COVID-19 and infecting others.

Although some refugees in India have started to be vaccinated, no one in their camp has received a vaccine. Just over 7% of India’s population is fully vaccinated and vaccine shortages have hit the nation of nearly 1.4 billion people.

“The disease does not discriminate. If we are infected, the inhabitants will be too, ”said Salimullah.

6h : In the United States, evictions, which have mostly been on hiatus during the pandemic, are expected to intensify Monday after a federal moratorium expires as housing courts increasingly deal with cases and tenants are excluded from their accommodation.

Housing advocates fear that ending the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s moratorium could result in millions of people being evicted in the weeks to come. But most expect deposits to increase in the coming days rather than a wave of evictions.

The Biden administration announced Thursday that it would allow a nationwide ban to expire. He argued his hands were tied after the US Supreme Court signaled that the moratorium would only be extended until the end of the month.

House lawmakers on Friday attempted, but ultimately failed, to pass a bill to extend the moratorium, even by a few months. Some Democratic lawmakers had wanted it extended until the end of the year.

5h20 : Berlin police say a 49-year-old man has died after being arrested by officers during protests against the German government’s anti-coronavirus measures on Sunday.

Police said Monday morning that the man complained of tingling in his arm and chest as officers checked his ID card in the capital’s Mitte neighborhood, where thousands of protesters had gathered. gathered despite an official ban on demonstrations.

Officers provided first aid to the man until an ambulance arrived and took him to hospital, where he later died, police said.

A routine investigation has been opened into the man’s death.

Around 600 people were arrested during the protests, which saw explosions of violence as protesters defied orders to disperse and attempted to cross police lines.

5 am: The federal government expects to receive more than 2.3 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this week, as public health officials prepare for a potential fourth wave of infections.

Ottawa has already received more than 66 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, enough to fully immunize all eligible Canadians.

As of Tuesday, the federal government had 6.7 million COVID-19 vaccines in its national supply, an amount that provinces and territories can draw on if they need more doses.

The new COVID-19 vaccine shipments come as Canada’s top doctor warns the country could be heading for a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases if public health restrictions are lifted before vaccination rates resume.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Dr Theresa Tam said updated national modeling of the pandemic trajectory suggests that the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 could lead to a fourth wave of infections.

“The trajectory will depend on the continued increase in full immunization coverage and the timing, pace and extent of reopening,” Tam said.

“While some resurgence is expected as measures are relaxed, this updated model shows that if we maintain current levels of community-wide contact, we would expect a modest increase in cases. “

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