Groups representing thousands of health-care workers say their members need to be prioritized for full immunization from COVID-19 as they work with patients hospitalized with the virus. The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Canadian Union of Public Employees, and Service Employees International Union say they have asked the province to accelerate second doses for the workers. Health-care workers were amongst the initial groups to be prioritized for a first dose of the shot. But the province extended dosing intervals for COVID-19 shots from 21 days to four months due to supply shortages.
Doctors and nurses caring for #COVID patients in Canada are growing increasingly frustrated that many of them have yet to receive a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
| CTV News @cousins_ben @RNAO @CAEP_Docs @LizTV https://t.co/S8QakSd5kz
— Avis Favaro (@CTV_AvisFavaro) May 7, 2021
BC’s top health official says a woman is in stable condition in hospital after suffering a blood-clot reaction from AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Bonnie Henry says the woman called her doctor when she developed symptoms five or six days after being vaccinated. As Canada expects hundreds of thousands more doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in coming weeks, Henry insists it is safe and effective. Canada has had three deaths linked to the blood clots — two women in their 50s from Alberta and Quebec, and a person in their 60s from New Brunswick.
Toronto Moves to Shut Down More Schools:
All educational settings — not just schools — in Toronto are being ordered to limit in-person attendance starting Monday. Toronto Public Health has issued a new order it says is meant to supplement the provincially mandated school closures. It says the provincial order only applies to institutions designated as schools or private schools under the Education Act, and doesn’t bar kids from attending for purposes other than going to class. The agency says its new rule is aimed at education providers, so parents and kids can’t be charged with breaking it, though they’re encouraged to comply.
1/2: NEWS RELEASE: Toronto Public Health issues Section 22 Order to education providers limiting in-person attendances of school-aged children: https://t.co/eEAUiNiKZZ
— Toronto Public Health (@TOPublicHealth) May 6, 2021
More Vaccine Appointments Available in Toronto:
Toronto says it has added thousands more vaccination appointments for next week at two of its clinics. The city says more than 2,400 spots have been made available at the Malvern community centre between next Monday and Wednesday. The clinic was initially supposed to suspend its operations during that time so the centre could undergo infrastructure work, but the city says a solution has been found and the clinic can stay open. Another thousand have been added on Tuesday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
[ON] As of 5:20 ET this was the availability at #TeamToronto's mass vaccination sites. As a reminder, this changes quickly and may be out of date.
— Vaccine Hunters Canada (@VaxHuntersCan) May 6, 2021
COVID and the Housing Market:
Canada’s federal housing agency says the economy could rebound to pre-COVID-19 levels while moderating the pace of home sales by the end of 2023. But the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation says its forecast depends on broad immunity to COVID-19 being achieved this year. It predicts sales will be slowed by increasing mortgage rates and high prices. These predictions come as real estate markets like Toronto and Montreal are seeing the pace of sales slow.
More Charges Laid Against Travellers:
Two people are facing hefty fines after they allegedly presented altered COVID-19 test results before boarding flights to Toronto. International air travellers are required to obtain a negative result on a molecular COVID-19 test within 72 hours of a flight to Canada or they are to be refused boarding. Transport Canada says a passenger who presented a doctored test before flying from the Dominican Republic in February was fined $2,500. Another passenger who allegedly did the same thing and also made a false declaration to the airline before boarding a flight from the US in April has been fined $6,500.
Massive Losses at Cineplex:
Cineplex says it lost $89.7-million dollars in its latest quarter as a majority of its theatres remained closed or under strict operating conditions. Revenue totalled $41.4 million, down from $282.8 million in the first three months of 2020. The plunge came as theatre attendance totalled just 415,000 in the company’s most recent quarter, compared with 10.7-million people a year earlier. Cineplex reached a deal with its lenders earlier this year to further amend its credit agreement, and completed a sale and leaseback of its head office in Toronto in a bid to help its finances.
Olympic Athletes Are Getting Vaccinated:
The International Olympic Committee has received a major donation of COVID-19 vaccines for athletes and officials preparing for the Tokyo Olympics. Starting this month, vaccine developers Pfizer and BioNTech are giving doses to Olympic delegations. That will give them time to be fully vaccinated, with a second shot before arriving in Tokyo on July 23rd. This is the second deal for the IOC, which reached an agreement with China for its vaccines in March.
As part of the plans to ensure safe and secure @Tokyo2020, the IOC has signed an MoU with Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE to donate doses of the companies’ COVID-19 vaccine to Games participants from National Olympic and Paralympic Committees around the world.https://t.co/Ne3sLgM1se
— IOC MEDIA (@iocmedia) May 6, 2021
Nova Scotia Numbers Continue to Climb:
Nova Scotia announced another 182 cases of COVID-19 yesterday for a total of 1,309 active cases. Premier Iain Rankin says he’s grown frustrated with residents and visitors who aren’t taking the pandemic seriously. He’s warning he may impose even tougher travel restrictions to try to slow down his province’s COVID-19 outbreak. The province ordered the closure of schools, malls, gyms, bars, restaurants and most retail stores and closed its borders to all non-essential travel last week.
UK Alcoholism Was a Huge Issue During the Pandemic:
New British government figures show that alcohol-related deaths in England and Wales jumped by a fifth in 2020 to reach their highest level in two decades. The Office for National Statistics said there were 7,423 deaths attributed to a direct consequence of alcohol misuse last year. The rise began in March 2020, when the UK began its first COVID-19 lockdown.
There were nearly 8,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide Thursday and another 39 reported deaths. Among the country’s hotspots, Ontario topped the 3,000 mark for the first time in several days, logging more than 3,400 new cases. Alberta reported over 2,200 new infections, Nova Scotia hit another record high for daily infections with 182, while Manitoba logged 363 new cases for its highest daily number since the second wave in the winter. The only place in the country reporting no new cases yesterday was Yukon.
1/2 #COVID19 key concerns in Canada: elevated infection rates continue to impact lagging COVID-19 severity indicators, with persistently high numbers of severe illnesses having a prolonged and heavy strain on the health system/workforce. https://t.co/AfNCW1VcpG
— Dr. Theresa Tam (@CPHO_Canada) May 6, 2021
There were 3,424 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario yesterday and 26 more deaths linked to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says that 958 of those new cases were in Toronto, 900 in Peel Region, and 291 in York Region. All of the key hospital metrics looked promising. There were 111 less people in hospital, 5 less in the ICU and 20 less on a ventilator. 3,997 more cases were marked as resolved.
Ontario is reporting 3,424 cases of #COVID19 and over 54,100 tests completed. Locally, there are 958 new cases in Toronto, 900 in Peel, 291 in York Region, 175 in Durham and 155 in Hamilton.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) May 6, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
Waterloo Region Public Health confirmed 61 new cases yesterday and no new deaths. Public Health also confirmed the lab work on 139 cases that are now confirmed as the UK variant. Active cases increased by one to 502. Hospitalizations were down by three to 49.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health announced 50 new cases yesterday but no new deaths. Active cases increased by thirteen to 364. Hospitalizations increased by two to 36. ICU patients dropped to just 13.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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