Today’s Coronavirus News: Ontario Sets One-Day Vaccination Record; Ontario reports 346 new cases; Sydney, Australia enters two-week lockdown
The latest coronavirus news in Canada and around the world on Saturday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
10:54 am: Ontario reported that 256,260 vaccinations were administered as of Friday, a new one-day record. Almost a tenth of the province’s population received an injection in the past week, although second doses have become predominant – only 29,376 of Friday’s total were first injections.
10am: Ontario reported 346 new cases on Saturday, down slightly from last Saturday’s total of 355. There were 503 healings, 13 deaths, leaving the province’s total active cases down 170, to 2,729.
By the star Ed Tubb, the average of the seven is down slightly to 291 cases / day or 14.0 weekly cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Laboratories report 25,626 completed tests and a positivity rate of 1.1%.
Locally, according to a tweet from Health Minister Christine Elliott, there are 64 new cases in Toronto, 39 in Waterloo, 34 in Peel Region, 32 in Gray Bruce and 24 in the Porcupine Health Unit region.
9:14 am: In Australia, Greater Sydney has been quarantined for two weeks to fight an outbreak of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus, straining Australia’s so-called ‘COVID-zero’ strategy as vaccinations lag behind. other developed countries.
Residents can only go out for reasons such as food purchases, medical care or essential work and education that cannot be done from their own homes, the New State Premier said on Saturday. -South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian. The move follows the detection of a dozen new local infections and increased exposure of sites that make contact tracing difficult. The borders will apply until July 9.
New Zealand on Saturday announced it would halt non-quarantine travel from across Australia until June 29, earlier expanding the suspension of New South Wales. The decision will be reviewed on Monday.
New South Wales registered 29 new local cases within 24 hours until 8 p.m. on Friday, 17 of which were previously announced. Some 82 local infections have been detected since the discovery of the first case of the current cluster in Sydney, according to a statement.
Australia, a country of 26 million people, has reported less than 31,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, but more than 5% of the population is fully vaccinated.
7:15 am: The Public Health Agency of Canada has released new color-coded guidelines on what it is safe to do once you are fully immunized.
This means that you completed the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized in Canada at least 14 days ago – so two injections if you are taking a two-dose vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer BioNTech, AstraZeneca) or a single dose. from Johnson & Janssen Vaccine from Johnson.
If this applies to you, that means you can get together outdoors with a small group of other fully vaccinated people for things like a camping trip or a barbecue, without a mask or physical distancing.
You can also meet indoors with a small group of fully vaccinated people (for dinner or movie night). You can even give a hug.
Ashleigh Tuite, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, called the guidelines “very clear and sensible.”
Learn more about what health experts say you can safely do right now from Star’s May Warren and Jenna Moon.
6:45 am: The “Our Winning Shot” vaccination clinic, to be held Sunday at the Scotiabank Arena, sold out; 25,000 people have an appointment.
Canada’s previous one-day immunization record of 10,470 people, set in May, and North America’s record of 17,003, set by texas in april, should be broken.
The clinic will vaccinate people by appointment until 2 consecutive hours Sunday. Even though there are no more appointments, the city has said there could be openings if canceled, and it encourages people to check the provincial reservation system regularly. Those who cannot do so should call 1-833-943-3900 or cancel online. There will be no meeting. The majority of available shots will be Moderna, with Pfizer doses restricted to children 12 to 17 years old.
With more than 700 volunteers in attendance, the team estimates they will vaccinate up to 30 people per minute and that the lines will be short, provided people show up just before their scheduled appointment to avoid traffic jams. .
The 25,000 appointment holders will receive free rally towels to commemorate the day. Fifty tickets for a Leafs or Raptors game will be distributed.
Learn more about Ben Cohen from The Star.
6:00 am: Ontario youth aged 12 to 17 who live in designated hotspots for the Delta COVID-19 variant can book expedited appointments for the second dose of vaccine today.
Health units covering Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Peel, Porcupine, Simcoe-Muskoka, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and York are considered hot spots for the most communicable variant.
This demographic will have the option of re-booking their second doses starting at 8 a.m. today, through the provincial reservation portal, pharmacies or their local health unit.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the only vaccine currently authorized for use in young people in Canada.
Vaccines have been booked four months apart in Ontario, but the province is offering more people the option to shorten the interval as the vaccine supply increases.
Young people elsewhere in the province will keep their second dose appointments for now, but the province says it aims to speed up the doses for them before school returns in September.
5:30 am: Ontario will allow outdoor concerts, outdoor movie screens and performing arts performances starting next Wednesday as it takes the next step in its reopening plan.
Audience capacity will be capped at 25% of the outdoor space or seating area, with organizers being required to display maximum capacity restrictions visibly in the outdoor space. All tickets must be sold as reserved seats.
Other measures also allow musicians to perform in indoor concert halls for a limited number of reasons.
Live broadcasts are permitted after being banned by the province in April. However, the performances cannot accommodate any spectator.
Indoor venues can hold group rehearsals with some distancing and safety measures in place.
The film and television industry will also see its restrictions lowered. In particular, a cap of 50 artists on a set is removed, although studio audiences are still not allowed.
The second phase of the reopening was originally scheduled to begin on July 2, but the province moved forward with the two-day plan, saying COVID-19 vaccination targets have been met.
Indoor cinemas and public concerts will still not be allowed with capacity restrictions until the third stage.