Hospital Protests Planned For Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Hospital Protests Planned For Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory are condemning protests scheduled to take place outside hospitals today. There’s one set for Toronto General, while others are due to happen in London, Ottawa and Sudbury. The protesters are rallying against public health measures meant to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as lockdowns and vaccine passports. Tory says police are aware of the protest plans, and will make sure no health-care workers are harmed and all patients can access the hospital.

Cases In Children Are Rising In America:

The US government’s top infectious disease expert says cases of COVID-19 in children under 17 are on the rise. Doctor Anthony Fauci says where vaccination rates continue to be low, hospitals are seeing more children in need of care. Fauci adds that with clinical trials in children 11 and younger underway, vaccines will likely be available by fall for kids as young as five or six.

The Vaccine Card Goes Into Effect Today In BC:

BC’s COVID-19 vaccine card system is coming into effect today, but a group of community organizations says it has already failed to make accommodations for people who face legitimate barriers to obtaining proof of vaccination. They say the plan restricts access for people who can’t get their shot for medical reasons while failing to provide a workaround for people without government ID. An anti-poverty advocate says carrying around a smartphone or a piece of paper displaying proof of immunization is just not going to work out for many people who are homeless.

Arrests Made At An Anti-Vaccine Protest In Hamilton:

Hamilton Police say two people are facing charges under the Reopening Ontario Act following an anti-vaccine protest in Hamilton on Friday. Investigators say a man was arrested for allegedly failing to comply with a release order, and a woman was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Both are accused of organizing the event, which was larger than what was allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Part Of PEI Closes Schools Already:

In-person classes at an elementary school in Charlottetown have been shut down for the upcoming week following an outbreak of COVID-19. Seventeen other schools in the area surrounding the PEI capital have also had their classes cancelled for at least three days to allow for investigation and contact tracing. The province’s chief medical officer of health says 10 of the last 11 cases on the Island have involved people under the age of 19.

Ontario Numbers:

Ontario reported 784 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday along with six new deaths linked to the virus — though two of them occurred more than a month ago Health Minister Christine Elliott says 602 of the most recently reported infections are among people who are either unvaccinated against COVID-19 or whose immunization status is unknown. Meanwhile, Quebec reported 757 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday and no additional deaths attributed to the virus.

Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:

Waterloo Region Public Health reported 28 new cases yesterday and one new death from COVID-19. Active cases were up by 14 to a total of 199. There are 11 people hospitalized. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health still does not report numbers on weekends.

Contains files from The Canadian Press

Photo Credit: Credit Valley Hospital

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