The last news about coronavirus from Canada and around the world on Tuesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
5:51 am: The results of a new poll suggest that Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are Canadians’ best choice to lead the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
But Erin O’Toole’s conservatives are not far behind on the question of the party most competent to guide Canadians back to prosperity.
26 percent of respondents to the poll, conducted by Leger in collaboration with The Canadian Press, said that liberals were the best match to lead Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery.
Twenty-four percent named the Conservatives, 15 percent the New Democrats, and three percent the Greens.
Fifteen percent said none of the major parties was in the best position to lead a recovery, while 18 percent did not know who to choose.
The online survey of 2,007 Canadians, conducted August 13-15, cannot be assigned a margin of error because surveys conducted on the Internet are not considered truly random samples.
The survey was conducted ahead of Monday’s launch of the conservative platform, which promised billions of dollars in new spending to help revitalize an economy ravaged by the pandemic.
5:49 am: Despite lifting most of its COVID-19 restrictions, the Alberta Government has announced that public health measures that were scheduled to expire this week will remain in effect until September 27.
The restrictions that will remain in effect until the 27th are: Mandatory masking orders in public transportation, school buses, taxis, and carpooling;
Mandatory isolation for 10 days for those with COVID-19 symptoms or positive test results; and Testing for any symptomatic individual.
Alberta Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw said: “Since making my previous recommendations, I have been looking closely at local and international data, and two elements have emerged that have led me to recommend that we adjust our approach. and defer the changes originally scheduled for August 16 “
Dr. Hinshaw cited cases of Delta variants in children in the United States and an unexpected increase in hospitalizations as the main reasons for rejecting his restriction plans.
5:49 am: The Canadian Press learned that Ontario plans to introduce a set of policies that require employers in education and various healthcare settings to develop strict COVID-19 vaccination policies for their staff.
A senior government source with knowledge of the decision said the cabinet approved the plans on Monday night, and an announcement from the province’s GP is expected on Tuesday.
The source said that Dr. Kieran Moore’s directive covering hospitals, ambulance services and home care and community service providers will not make vaccination mandatory, but those who refuse vaccines will be regularly screened for the virus.
The policy will be similar to what already exists in the province’s nursing homes.
Healthcare facility staff will need to provide proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination or a medical reason for not being vaccinated.
Non-vaccinated individuals will need to complete an educational session on the COVID-19 vaccine and will be routinely tested for the virus before going to work.
5:48 am: The poorest region of mainland France has managed to dramatically accelerate its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in recent weeks, notably by opening pop-up walk-ins to reach people where they live and work.
The multicultural and working-class region of Seine-Saint-Denis, north of Paris, initially struggled to spread the word about vaccines to a population where many are immigrants who do not speak French or have no access to regular health care.
But offering vaccines in a highly visible and easily accessible location seems to be working.
5:47 am: With the increase in coronavirus cases in Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp announced plans Monday to spend more than $ 125 million to add staff and increase capacity at hospitals.
Kemp does not require state workers to be vaccinated, nor does it require people to wear masks in public spaces, indoors or in schools to help stop the spread of the virus.
The governor’s announcement came after the Georgia Department of Public Health reported more than 14,000 coronavirus cases over the weekend and as hospitalization rates continued to rise. Georgia averages more than 5,700 new cases a day, its highest level since February, and hospitalizations have risen to more than 4,400 a day, according to data from the New York Times.
Kemp said the funding would provide 1,500 employees to hospitals at a time when medical centers across the state are understaffed. The money will also help establish 450 new beds for COVID-19 patients in nine regional hospitals. Additionally, Kemp announced that state employees will be off on September 3, the Friday before Labor Day weekend, in an effort to encourage them to get vaccinated.
5:46 am: The Biden administration has decided that most Americans should receive a coronavirus booster shot eight months after receiving their second injection, and could begin offering third injections in mid-to-late September, according to familiar administration officials. with discussions.
Officials plan to announce the administration’s decision starting this week. His goal is to let Americans who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines now know that they will need additional protection against the Delta variant that is causing an increase in the number of cases across the country. The new policy will depend on the authorization of additional vaccines from the Food and Drug Administration.
Officials said they expect recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was licensed as a one-dose regimen, will also require an additional dose. But they are awaiting the results of that company’s two-dose clinical trial, which is expected later this month.
The first boosters are likely to go to nursing home residents and healthcare workers, followed by other seniors who were at the front of the line when vaccines began late last year. Officials plan to give people the same vaccine they originally received.
5:45 am: Germany’s permanent independent vaccination commission recommends that children ages 12 to 17 be immunized against the coronavirus, it said in a statement on Monday, giving parents long-awaited medical judgment in favor of vaccinating their teens just as schools reopen.
Shortly after the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were approved for children 12 and older, the same commission recommended in June that only children at medical risk should receive the vaccine, saying it was not yet clear whether the benefits outweighed the risk. .
The commission cited new data from the United States, where children ages 12 to 15 began getting vaccinated in mid-May after becoming eligible, as a factor in its latest recommendation.
5:45 am: Hong Kong will add 15 more countries, including the United States, France and Spain, to its list of high-risk countries, meaning that even vaccinated Hong Kong residents will face a 21-day hotel quarantine upon entering Chinese territory.
Australia also upgraded to low-risk medium risk, extending the required quarantine from seven to 14 days. The changes, which will take effect from midnight Friday, are designed to protect against the Delta variant of the virus, the government said in a statement Monday.
Tuesday 5:44 am: As the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads beyond Sydney into the surrounding state of New South Wales, concern is mounting about the potential impact on vulnerable and unvaccinated Australian Aboriginals.
The Australian government had made Aborigines a priority group for vaccination due to the lack of health care services in the remote areas where many of them live. But as of Sunday, only 15% of Indigenous Australians over the age of 16 had been fully vaccinated, compared to 26% of people across Australia.
Low rates among Aboriginal Australians are particularly concerning in western New South Wales, which closed on Saturday. Most of the 98 coronavirus cases in the area are among indigenous peoples, Scott McLachlan, executive director of health services for the region, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Four of the cases have been found in the town of Walgett, where nearly half of the 6,000 residents are Aboriginal. There is a high prevalence of chronic health conditions among that population, and indigenous officials and leaders fear that a broader outbreak could overwhelm local health care.
Read Monday’s coronavirus news.
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