COVID’s second spring


in Canada, Science

My winter thread is now behind the times, so this will be a new place to track COVID stories of interest and importance.

One I saw today is not encouraging: More young Canadians getting severe COVID-19, being hospitalized: experts

According to new modelling from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canada is on track to see a “strong resurgence” of COVID-19 cases across the country if these variants continue to spread and become more commonplace, and if public health measures remain at current levels.

The new long-range projections, released on Friday, show that the highest incidences of COVID-19 are currently being experienced in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and parts of Ontario, while the overall incidence rates are highest among young adults aged 20 to 39 and have declined among older Canadians.

Let’s all do what we can to combat complacency and sustain the public determination to keep acting protectively toward one another.

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. March 29, 2021 at 5:23 pm

B.C. implements sweeping restrictions on indoor dining, group fitness for 3-week ‘circuit breaker’ | CBC News

. March 29, 2021 at 5:23 pm

COVID: Sweeping new restrictions in place including in-person dining at B.C. bars and restaurants

. March 30, 2021 at 1:37 am

New data shows COVID-19 pandemic now ‘completely out of control’ in Ontario, key scientific adviser says

“Right now in Ontario, the pandemic is completely out of control,” Dr. Peter Juni, the table’s scientific director and a professor of medicine and epidemiology with the University of Toronto, said in an interview prior to the briefing note’s publication.

That stark assessment follows weeks of warnings from medical professionals in Ontario over rising case counts and fast-spreading variants. It comes the same day B.C. announced it will be implementing a three-week “circuit breaker”-style lockdown, with sweeping new restrictions on indoor dining in restaurants, group fitness and worship services.

Juni said for Ontario, there is now “no way out” of the dire scenario that’s set to unfold over the next few weeks without a widespread lockdown as well — coupled with other measures, including the province providing paid sick leave to essential workers, encouraging Ontarians to avoid movement between regions, and ensuring residents have access to lower-risk outdoor activities.

“There is no such thing as winning this race with just vaccinations,” Juni stressed. “That’s impossible.”

. March 30, 2021 at 3:13 am
. March 31, 2021 at 2:10 pm

Ford says ‘stay tuned’ for announcement tomorrow as COVID-19 ICU admissions hit new high | CBC News

. April 1, 2021 at 9:01 pm

Ontario government moves to activate 4-week, provincewide COVID-19 ’emergency brake’ |

. April 2, 2021 at 3:23 am

What you can and cannot do in Ontario’s provincewide shutdown | CTV News

COVID-19 shutdown: enhanced public health and workplace safety measures |

. April 3, 2021 at 9:53 pm

Essential workers worried Ontario’s latest COVID-19 ‘shutdown’ won’t protect them | CTV News

. April 4, 2021 at 7:32 am

Toronto pauses plans to clear encampments after COVID-19 outbreak declared at shelter hotel

. April 5, 2021 at 8:01 pm

Top doctors in Toronto, Peel and Ottawa call for provincewide stay-at-home order | CTV News

. April 9, 2021 at 1:00 pm
. April 9, 2021 at 1:01 pm

Before ordering jail time, Duval County Court Judge James Ruth said she was struck by the fact that Hunter’s testimony focused less on how she may have harmed the victim and more on how her actions affected her own family.

“Her children didn’t create this problem and her husband didn’t, and she talked about how it changed her world and she was getting nastygrams on Facebook and things of that nature and they can’t go to their country club or wherever,” Ruth said. “But I have yet to see any expression, or a significant expression on her regret about the impact it had on the victim in this case!”

. April 9, 2021 at 4:36 pm

COVID-19 Ontario: Province reports more than 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 for first time since second wave peak | CTV News

. April 11, 2021 at 5:57 pm

Germany struggles to curb ‘very, very serious’ third COVID wave | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

. April 11, 2021 at 6:05 pm

Ontario reports record-high 4,456 new COVID-19 cases Sunday

. April 11, 2021 at 9:08 pm

Ontario sets a single-day record for new COVID-19 cases
Ontario reported a record 4,456 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, fuelled by sharp rise in Toronto

. April 12, 2021 at 7:24 pm

Top official admits China’s COVID-19 vaccines have low efficacy

. April 12, 2021 at 7:26 pm

Ontario schools closing to in-person learning indefinitely as COVID-19 cases soar | CTV News

. April 12, 2021 at 9:55 pm

Third wave of COVID-19: B.C. adds 3,289 cases, 18 deaths over the weekend | CTV News

. April 14, 2021 at 12:30 am

US intelligence community warns of devastating long-term impact of coronavirus pandemic

. April 14, 2021 at 2:26 pm

About 10K vaccination appointments cancelled at two Ontario clinics due to lack of supply

. April 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
. April 16, 2021 at 12:58 pm

Sources with knowledge of the discussions said Ford and his ministers are debating the following proposals on top of the stay-at-home order and shutdown already in place:

Closing all non-essential retail, no curbside pickup or delivery.
Further restricting retail hours of operation.
Restricting curbside pickup (only permit non-essential retail to deliver).
Shutting down non-essential construction, warehouses and manufacturing not related to health, food or automotive.
Tightening capacity of indoor events like places of worship, weddings and funerals.
Increasing fines, increase policing powers.
Cabinet met late into the night Thursday. Sources said they talked about the option of a curfew but ultimately decided against it.

. April 16, 2021 at 2:29 pm
. April 16, 2021 at 2:38 pm

Ford to further close economy as Ontario modelling predicts more than 30,000 new COVID-19 cases a day in May

Amid alarming new projections of skyrocketing COVID-19 infections, Premier Doug Ford further closing down Ontario’s economy in hopes it’s not too late to prevent a health-care disaster.

. April 17, 2021 at 2:00 am

“We know in Ontario that the huge drivers right now of transmission are workplaces, particularly industrial workplaces, warehouses, Amazon distribution centres, post offices,” said Fisman.

“We know a lot of the folks who are getting sick are lower income or have poor job security, can’t stay home if they feel sick.”

. April 17, 2021 at 2:20 am

Ontario gives police sweeping powers as Covid crisis spirals out of control
New measures to enforce stay-at-home order with hospitals ‘bursting at the seams’ but civil liberties campaigners cry foul

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