COVID-19: Ontario reports 610 new cases, 54 in Ottawa; United States relaxes some travel restrictions


There have been a total of 580,194 cases in the province during the pandemic and 9,655 people have died.

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Ontario reported 610 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and two new deaths with 628 newly resolved cases.

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Public Health Ontario has reported 54 new cases in Ottawa. Ottawa Public Health releases its own data later in the day, which may differ from provincial statistics because the data is collected at different times of the day.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said via social media that of the 610 new cases of COVID-19, 458 cases were in people who were not fully vaccinated or have unknown vaccine status and 152 were in people who were fully vaccinated.

Across the province, 21,404,362 doses of the vaccine have been administered and nearly 85.1 percent of Ontarians aged 12 and older have one dose and almost 79.1 percent have two doses, Elliott said.

There have been 233 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and 177 people in intensive care due to the virus, although not all hospitals report their numbers on weekends, Elliott said.

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The province also reported six new cases in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, eight in Hastings Prince Edward Public Health and one in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health. No new cases have been reported by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and the Renfrew County and District Health Unit.

There have been a total of 580,194 cases in the province during the pandemic and 9,655 people have died.

The effective reproduction number – an estimate of the average number of people a person with COVID-19 will infect – was 0.99.

Ontario’s proof of vaccination system, which will limit access to a wide variety of non-essential settings to those who are fully vaccinated, goes into effect Wednesday.

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In a note to city council, Anthony Di Monte, general manager of the city’s emergency and protection services, outlined the rules for the measure – and how they will be enforced.

The province’s proof of vaccination system aims to reduce risk and encourage vaccination to protect hospital capacity and keep businesses open amid a fourth wave of COVID-19 driven by the Delta variant, he said. he declares. It focuses on high risk indoor public places where face coverings cannot always be worn.

As of Wednesday, Ontarians must be fully immunized – two doses plus 14 days – and provide proof of vaccination and photo ID, such as a driver’s license or health care to access places including :

  • interior areas of restaurants, bars and other catering establishments (but not take-out and delivery services);
  • indoor and outdoor spaces of catering establishments with facilities for dancing, excluding take-out and delivery;
  • indoor meeting and event spaces, including conference centers or convention centers;
  • indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including water parks and personal fitness trainers and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events;
  • casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments;
  • interior areas of concert halls, theaters and cinemas;
  • indoor areas of public baths, sex clubs and strip clubs;
  • areas covered with horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and similar sites;
  • locations for commercial film and television production with studio audiences.

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People who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical exemption may be allowed entry with written documentation from a doctor or registered nurse and photo identification. Children under 12, for whom vaccines have not yet been approved, are exempt.

Businesses and organizations cannot keep any information collected, so customers must produce the required documents on each visit.

“Anyone” can call 3-1-1 to report a business or organization that is not complying with regulations and providing inaccurate vaccination information is also an offense, Di Monte said.

“Additionally, businesses can refuse to serve any non-compliant customer and they can also choose to intrude on an unruly customer by notifying the Ottawa Police Service or their own private security contractor as needed,” he said. -he adds.

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“Anyone who is the victim of threatening, hostile or violent behavior in the performance of their obligations under this by-law must immediately notify the Ottawa Police Service via its non-emergency telephone line at 613-236-1222 or 9-1-1, if applicable.

The province said last week that by October 22, the vaccination receipt will be replaced with a QR code that can be stored in a mobile device, available through a free app.

If residents need their vaccination receipt but do not have a green photo health card, they can call the provincial vaccine reservation line at 1-833-943-3900 to obtain a copy of their receipt by email. Ottawa Public Health said in a tweet on Sunday.

With schools reopening, demand for COVID-19 testing has increased in Ottawa. The city responded over the weekend with a pop-up assessment center at the McNabb Recreation Center, which is again open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for walk-in people. Appointments must be made in other centers.

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Long lines were reported at some of the city’s test centers on Saturday, and McNabb was busy on Sunday.

Long queues stretched around the building, mostly of parents with children, at the COVID-19 testing clinic which opened at the McNabb Arena on September 19, 2021.
Long queues stretched around the building, mostly of parents with children, at the COVID-19 testing clinic which opened at the McNabb Arena on September 19, 2021. Photo by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia

QUEBEC COVID-19 UPDATES

Quebec has registered 679 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced Monday morning. One new death has been reported.

Since the start of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 403,704 cases and 11,326 deaths related to COVID-19. A total of 385,775 people who contracted the disease have since recovered.

The Canada-U.S. Border crossing is seen amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Lacolle, Que., April 17, 2020.
The Canada-U.S. Border crossing is seen amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Lacolle, Que., April 17, 2020. Photo by Christinne Muschi /Reuters

AMERICAN CORONAVIRUS NEWS

The United States will reopen to air passengers from China, India, Britain and many other European countries that received COVID-19 vaccines in early November, the White House said on Monday, revoking travel restrictions. stringent related to the pandemic that began early last year.

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The new rules do not yet apply to travelers crossing land borders with Mexico and Canada.

The White House plans to allow non-US citizen travelers from countries banned from entering the United States since early 2020 as it moves to the new requirements, the coronavirus response coordinator said. White House, Jeff Zients.

Travelers will need to show proof of vaccination to board planes bound for the United States and the new regime will also involve more stringent requirements for coronavirus testing and contact tracing, Zients said.

VACCINE STUDY

Pfizer and its partner BioNTech SE said their COVID-19 vaccine was safe and produced strong antibody responses in children aged 5 to 11 in a large-scale trial, results that could pave the way for immunization of elementary school children in a few months.

The companies said they plan to seek permission to use the vaccine in children of this age group in the United States, Europe and elsewhere as soon as possible.

-with files from Andrew Duffy, Bloomberg, Reuters and Postmedia

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