The latest coronavirus news in Canada and around the world Sunday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
15h57 : Due to an ongoing COVID-19 investigation, Toronto Public Health has recommended that students at Wilkinson Junior Public School in East York be temporarily excluded from in-person learning and activities starting Monday.
TPH also said they have notified close contacts and asked them to stay home and will continue to work with the community to monitor symptoms.
12h14 : Quebec is today reporting 1,256 new cases of COVID-19 and another death attributed to the virus.
The Department of Health says there are 819 active outbreaks in the province.
It also notes that 219 people are hospitalized, a decrease of six, including 59 people registered in intensive care, or a decrease of one patient.
The seven-day average for new cases is 1,144.
The Department of Health says 86% of residents five years and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
About 81 percent have two doses, and four percent have their third.
11h46 : Ontario is now reporting 1,184 new cases of COVID-19, but no additional deaths from the virus.
This is the third day in a row that the province has reported more than 1,000 new infections.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said 579 of the new cases are in people who are not fully vaccinated, while 69 cases are in people with unknown vaccination status.
There are at least 140 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and 164 people in intensive care units, but Elliott notes that not all hospitals report these numbers on weekends.
Provincial data shows that 84.6% of Ontarians aged five or older have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 80.6% are fully immune with two injections.
The data also shows that the vast majority of COVID-19 cases in Ontario have been identified as the Delta variant, although the province says there were 10 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant on Saturday.
However, the province notes that there may be delays in reporting confirmed variants depending on data entry by various local public health units.
10h34 : Ontario has registered 1,184 new cases of COVID-19, according to statistics published on the province’s COVID-19 website.
9h05 Senegal recorded its first case of the Omicron variant, becoming the third West African country to detect the new variant of the coronavirus after Nigeria and Ghana.
The announcement was made by the Institute for Health Research, Epidemiological Surveillance and Training (IRESSEF), which is one of the laboratories approved by Senegal for COVID-19 testing.
The case was detected Friday in “a 58-year-old man who arrived in Senegal on Monday, November 22, 2021 by plane from a country in the sub-region,” the institute said in a statement on Sunday. The man had been vaccinated in April with the AstraZeneca vaccine and in June with Pfizer.
According to the institute, the patient stayed in the capital, Dakar, in a hotel and participated in a demonstration that brought together nearly 300 people of several nationalities. The case was isolated and as of Sunday showed no symptoms, he said.
8:10 Hundreds of people marched through central Brussels on Sunday to protest the tightening of COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Belgian government to counter the latest peak in coronavirus cases.
Protesters came to protest against the measures announced on Friday, the third week in a row that the government has tightened its rules as the latest increase in cases puts a strain on the country’s health services, depriving people with other life-threatening illnesses as treatment cancer.
By shouting “Freedom! Freedom! And carrying banners saying “United for our freedom, our rights and our children”, people marched to the headquarters of the European Union. Some also carried signs criticizing the vaccines and against the obligation to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced on Friday that kindergartens and primary schools would close for the holiday season a week earlier, and children must now wear masks from the age of 6. Indoor events will only be permitted with a maximum of 200 people.
Previously, the government closed nightclubs and ordered bars and restaurants to close at 11 p.m. for three weeks. Speculation was rife that closing hours would be brought forward to 8 p.m., but the cabinet decided not to do so for now.
Sunday 7:30 am Virtual care has been a part of Dr. Jonathan Fitzsimon’s practice since he became a family physician in 2007.
Serving the rural community of Arnprior – 65 kilometers west of downtown Ottawa – Fitzsimon knew not everyone could take time off work or travel long distances to their office in person.
“For a long time, I used phone calls to let people know about results that maybe didn’t need special immediate action,” he said. It worked for his practice in particular, as Fitzsimon is paid a salary based on the number of patients he has, rather than having to bill Ontario for his services, where there are no billing codes. permanent staff for virtual care.
For physicians like Fitzsimon, virtual means of connecting with patients has always been part of the arsenal of a family physician in the 21st century. But as the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of virtual care in response to stay-at-home orders, many are asking: Are virtual ways to connect with our family physicians here to stay? If so, at what capacity? And will the standard of care always be met?
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Saturday 10:30 p.m. Brazil’s Supreme Court has ordered an investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro’s false comments linking COVID-19 vaccines to the development of AIDS.
The far-right leader made the allegations during his weekly address to the nation on October 21, according to Brazilian news portal G1.
“Official reports from the UK government suggest that fully vaccinated people (…) develop acquired immune deficiency syndrome much faster than expected,” Bolsonaro said on the show, which was later deleted from YouTube, Facebook and Instagram for violation of the rules.
The suggestion is false and there is no record of official UK reports
Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes on Friday tasked the country’s top prosecutor, Augusto Aras, to look into the case, following a Senate investigation into the pandemic known as CPI.
Saturday 7:17 am The UK is set to tighten entry requirements for foreign travelers, including those from the United States.
From Tuesday, all travelers aged 12 and over will be required to take a COVID-19 test before departure before boarding a flight to the UK, regardless of their vaccination status.
“We knew this winter would be tough, but the arrival of a new variant means we need to further strengthen our defenses,” UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Affairs Sajid Javid said on Saturday.
The country will accept lateral flow devices and PCR tests performed no more than 48 hours before departure. The temporary measure is expected to be reviewed on December 20.
Currently, unvaccinated US travelers must take a test three days before entering England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. These travelers must also self-isolate for 10 days and undergo additional PCR tests on the second and eighth days of their trip.
Saturday 6.30am Hamilton has confirmed a case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
On November 29, Hamilton Public Health said it was investigating two suspected cases of the variant in a pair who recently traveled to South Africa and tested positive for COVID-19.
The second case is still under investigation.
Public health says the two and their contacts continue to self-isolate. The city said it could not share more information on the cases due to confidentiality.