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The latest coronavirus news from Canada and the world on Sunday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

7h56 : In a recent week, a New Yorker got a free COVID-19 test in a jiffy, with results the next day, while a Coloradian had to fork out $ 50 for a test in two cities in her hometown after a frantic round of pharmacies. A Montanan drove an hour each way to take a test, wondering if this time it would take another five days to get results.

While COVID-19 tests are much easier to obtain than at the start of the pandemic, the ability to get a test – and timely results – can vary widely nationwide. A fragmented test system, complicated logistics, technician burnout and uncontrollable spikes in demand are contributing to this bumpy race.

“We’re still where we were 18 months ago,” said Rebecca Stanfel, the woman from Montana who had to wait five days for test results in Helena last month after being exposed to someone infected with the virus.

Unpredictable expectations can be a problem for those trying to plan a trip, return to school after quarantine – or even get life-saving monoclonal antibody treatment in the optimal window if they have COVID-19.

The White House said in early October that it plans to purchase $ 1 billion worth of rapid antigen tests to help improve access to hard-to-find over-the-counter kits. But people also face problems getting molecular tests, including benchmark PCR tests.

Public health laboratories are no longer crippled by supply bottlenecks on individual test components such as swabs or reagents, said Kelly Wroblewski, director of infectious disease programs for the Association of Public Health Laboratories. But they still carry a significant test load, which she now expected to shift more to commercial or hospital labs.

7h45 : It has been six months since Ontario prioritized pregnant people for COVID vaccines following warnings from health care providers who saw alarming numbers of pregnant patients arriving at hospital critically ill with the virus.

Since then, continuous efforts have been made to immunize this vulnerable population.

Pregnant people with COVID are at significantly higher risk of serious illness requiring hospitalization and intensive care. In Wave 3, some Ontario hospitals saw more pregnant women in intensive care units than in the previous two waves combined. And in recent weeks in Alberta, amid that province’s devastating fourth wave, intensive care units have reported an increase in the number of pregnant patients, some of whom have delivered sedated on a ventilator.

With data accumulated around the world so far showing no safety concerns for pregnant women receiving COVID vaccines, dozens of groups of doctors and health agencies continue to urge pregnant women to get vaccinated. .

Yet a worrying number is still unvaccinated.

Read more in Megan Ogilvie’s article, “The science is clear: Pregnant Ontarians should get the COVID vaccine. Why are so many people rejecting it? “

Sunday 7:43 am: Russia reports its highest daily number of new coronavirus infections, more than 70% more than a month ago as the country faces a sustained increase in cases.

The national coronavirus task force said on Sunday that 34,303 new infections had been recorded the day before, up from 20,174 reported on September 19.

The death toll of 999 was just below the record 1,002 deaths reported on Saturday.

Russian authorities have tried to speed up the pace of vaccinations with lotteries, bonuses and other incentives, but widespread vaccine skepticism and mixed signals from authorities have hampered efforts. The government said this week that around 43 million Russians, or about 29 percent of the country’s nearly 146 million people, are fully immunized.

Despite the growing toll, the Kremlin has ruled out a new nationwide lockdown like the one at the start of the pandemic that severely damaged the economy, eroding President Vladimir Putin’s popularity. Instead, he delegated the power to enforce the coronavirus restrictions to regional authorities.

Some of Russia’s 85 regions have restricted attendance at major public events and limited access to theaters, restaurants and other venues. However, daily life is largely business as usual in Moscow, St. Petersburg and many other Russian cities.

Read the coronavirus news from Saturday.


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