70 and Older Can Book Their Second Shot Today – Full COVID-19 Update

70 and Older Can Book Their Second Shot Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontarians 70 and older, and anyone who got their first mRNA COVID-19 vaccine on or before April 18th, can now book their second shot through the province’s system. The expansion comes as Ontario nears a vaccination milestone: 10 million doses administered. More than a million Ontarians have now been fully vaccinated so far.

Ontario’s New Top Doctor Starts Transitioning In Today:

Ontario’s incoming chief medical officer of health starts his transition today. Doctor Kieran Moore will spend the next couple of weeks working with the current top public health physician, Dr. David Williams. Williams is set to retire later this month.

The NHL Has Been Granted a Travel Waiver From the Federal Government:

The federal government has approved a travel exemption for the final 2 rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs that would allow NHL teams to cross the Canada-US border without quarantining. But, players and club personnel will be subject to enhanced public health measures. Players and team personnel will cross the border using private planes and will be subject to pre and post-arrival testing in addition to daily COVID-19 tests. The players will have to live in a modified quarantine bubble and there will be no contact with the general public.

Air Canada Executives Return Their Bonuses:

Air Canada says its senior executives have volunteered to return their 2020 bonuses in response to what it calls public disappointment. The airline says the president and CEO, as well as executive vice-presidents of Air Canada, have volunteered to return their bonuses and share appreciation units. Former president and CEO Calin Rovinescu, who retired this past February, says he will also donate his share to the Air Canada Foundation. Not returning any bonuses are middle managers, whose bonuses made up over eight-million of the 10-million-dollar bonus program. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland had conveyed her displeasure over news of the 2020 pay packages handed to executives as the airline negotiated a $5.9-billion-dollar pandemic-related loan and bailout package.

Preparing for an In Person G7 Meeting This Week:

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use the G7 summit this week to urge world leaders to commit to vaccinating the global population by the end of 2022. Johnson is expected to stress the importance of a global vaccination drive when he meets with fellow world leaders on Friday in Cornwall, southwestern England. It will be the first face-to-face G7 summit since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

France Opening It’s Borders Again:

France is preparing to reopen its borders to vaccinated visitors, even as health authorities race to contain scattered cases of the more contagious delta virus variant. The country’s health minister says that France has multiple clusters of the variant that was first identified in India and believed to be fuelling a rise in infections in neighboring Britain. Overall, France is seeing a sustained drop in infections and severe illnesses, even after it started reopening schools, stores, and restaurants last month.

Quebec Numbers:

Quebec confirmed 179 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday — the lowest number of new daily cases reported since Sept. 7 — and no additional deaths linked to the disease. The Health Department says the number of hospitalizations declined by nine to 274, while the number of patients in intensive care dipped by three to 61. Authorities say 83,166 doses of vaccine were administered in the past 24 hours for a total of 6,096,312. Montreal reported the highest number of new cases in the province with 57. No other region in the province reported more than 20 new infections.

Manitoba Numbers:

Manitoba reported 221 new COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths yesterday. All three of the people who died were over 60, in the Winnipeg health region, and had the virus variant first detected in the United Kingdom. There are 346 provincial residents in hospital with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces. Thirty-seven Manitoba patients are in intensive care units outside the province, with 34 in Ontario, one in Saskatchewan and two in Alberta. Manitoba’s current five-day test-positivity rate is 12 per cent provincially and 13 per cent in Winnipeg.

Canada Numbers:

Canadian health officials reported nearly 1,400 new COVID-19 infections Sunday, and 13 deaths, only in Ontario and Manitoba. The average new case count is still trending downward with former hotspots Ontario and Quebec reporting the least amount of new infections since the fall. Ontario reported 663 new infections, Quebec had 179, Alberta logged 231, Manitoba had 221, and Saskatchewan 74. British Columbia didn’t report data on Sunday. Nova Scotia reported 12 new infections, Newfoundland and Labrador reported five, and there were three each in New Brunswick and Yukon.

Ontario Numbers:

Ontario has now logged a full week of COVID-19 daily new cases under 1,000. Yesterday there were 663 new cases. Hospitalization metrics continued to improve. There were 80 less in hospital, 6 less in the ICU and 18 less on a ventilator, in the 24-hour period. 1,222 more cases were marked as resolved. There were 10 new deaths.

Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:

Yesterday Waterloo Region Public Health announced 31 new COVID-19 cases. That’s down from 46 on Saturday. There has not been a new death reported in over a week. The number of active cases now sits at 332 with 19 hospitalized.

On Friday there were 12 new cases in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph. Only 15 people are hospitalized and active cases was down to 137. We should get updated numbers from the weekend around 10:30am.

Contains files from The Canadian Press

Photo Credit: Region of Peel Public Health

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