The last news about coronavirus from Canada and around the world on Thursday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
7:20 am A Mississauga restaurant faces a hefty fine for allegedly violating Ontario’s COVID-19 rules.
The city’s enforcement report covering July 5-11 says a Mississauga restaurant was fined $ 880 for an alleged violation of COVID-19 orders.
A spokesperson for Mississauga Mayor’s office Bonnie Crombie said in an email that the restaurant in the Heartland area of the city was fined for allegedly allowing indoor dining, something that is currently not allowed under El Paso’s rules. Two from Ontario.
6:23 am: Barcelona and the surrounding northeast corner of Spain are closing once again to stop a rampant wave of the Delta variant of the coronavirus that is spreading among unvaccinated youth.
Regional authorities on Thursday expected a judge to give the green light to their request to reinstate the night curfew, his latest effort to tighten restrictions and discourage social gatherings where the virus is spreading.
The curfew would affect those towns with a population greater than 5,000 inhabitants that exceed the rate of 400 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days.
The most infectious delta strain is driving infections again in many countries, including Europe, where vaccination efforts are going well and public health systems are strong. But Catalonia doubles the Spanish average and is among the most affected areas in Europe with more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for 14 days. Only Cyprus is worse off in Europe, according to the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
6:20 am: Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported no new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.
There is currently only one active case in the region, and it is in Greater Sudbury.
The health unit has reported 2,172 cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic, 2,019 in Greater Sudbury, 113 in Sudbury district and 40 in Manitoulin district.
6:19 am: Public Health Sudbury and District’s new mobile vaccination clinic had a successful first trip Tuesday at two locations in Greater Sudbury.
The bus visited Cambrian Heights in the morning and made a stop on Kathleen Street near downtown Sudbury in the afternoon.
The health unit said it was able to vaccinate 124 people, including 24 people who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It is not too late to come see us for your first dose and we will be happy to answer any questions you have,” said Public Health.
The mobile clinic visited 720 Bruce Ave. in Greater Sudbury on Wednesday morning and the McClelland Arena on Copper Cliff in the afternoon.
6:17 am: The Quebec Health Minister asked the 700,000 Quebecers who have appointments after September 1 to receive the second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to advance their appointments via the Clic Sante website in a tweet on Monday afternoon.
“I invite Quebecers to advance their appointments through Clic Santé before that date,” said Dubé.
The minister added that a second dose of the vaccine can be given as early as four weeks after the first dose, and that the Pfizer and Moderna injections can be given interchangeably.
Dube has said Quebec public health officials are now targeting an 80 percent vaccination rate to avoid the more easily transmissible variants that are of concern.
Additionally, many retailers are celebrating the news that Quebec has removed restrictions on the number of shoppers in a store at a time.
However, the province said that retailers will have a responsibility to keep shoppers more than a meter away and that wearing masks remains mandatory.
Quebec Retail Council executive director Jean-Guy Cote said its members had been calling for an end to pandemic-related restrictions on the number of customers allowed in stores at the same time.
He said retailers are concerned that customers have decided to cut back on in-person purchases due to long lines outside their stores.
Thursday 6:15 am: Will COVID-19 vaccines work if I have a weak immune system?
Probably not as well as in healthy people, but vaccines should offer some protection.
That is why vaccines are still recommended for people with weakened immune systems from illness or certain medications. It’s also important that your family, friends, and caregivers get vaccinated, which will make them much less likely to spread the virus.
About 3% of American adults have weakened immune systems. They include people with HIV or AIDS, transplant recipients, some cancer patients, and people with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and lupus.
COVID-19 injections were not studied in large numbers of people with weak immune systems. But limited data and experience with flu and pneumonia vaccines suggest they won’t work as well as others. That means people with weakened immune systems should continue to take precautions, such as wearing masks and avoiding large crowds.
“It’s wise to take all the precautions you were taking before getting vaccinated,” said Dr. Ajit Limaye, a transplant expert at Washington Medical University in Seattle.
Read the news about the coronavirus on Wednesday.
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