- Quebec reported 1,744 new cases on Sunday and 50 more deaths.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 242,714 confirmed cases and 9,055 people have died. Here’s a guide to the numbers.
- There are 1,460 people in hospital (a decrease of 14), including 215 in intensive care (a decrease of 12).
- 10,783 doses of vaccine were administered on Friday. A total of 137,856 doses have been administered since Dec. 14.
- CBC Montreal is collecting stories from Quebecers who have recovered from COVID-19. If you would like to share your experience, please get in touch.
The good news for the world is Pfizer is expanding its European production line for the COVID-19 vaccine jointly developed with BioNTech.
Unfortunately that means short-term delays for countries currently on track to receive deliveries of the vaccine. For Quebec, that means 86,775 doses that were slated to arrive in the next three weeks will arrive in March instead.
Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé said the delay is forcing the province to revise its vaccination campaign calendar.
En raison de la ⬇️ de la capacité de production de Pfizer, 86 775 des 176 475 doses qui étaient prévues d’ici le 8 fév ne pourront être livrées. Nos équipes travaillent déjà à établir une nouvelle planification de distribution des doses. Détails à venir. <a href=”https://t.co/lNDBKwKPrT”>https://t.co/lNDBKwKPrT</a>
On Thursday, Quebec said it was delaying the delivery of the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for up to 90 days in an effort to protect as many Quebecers as possible with the first dose.
On Saturday, the north-end Montreal regional health authority offered a concrete illustration of what Dubé is talking about.
The CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal issued a public plea for patients to avoid Fleury Hospital’s emergency room and to restrict patient visits to the strict minimum “for the next few days in order to ease the pressure on the emergency department and clinical teams.”
The facility is dealing with three separate COVID-19 outbreaks.
Meanwhile, Quebec is advising anyone who has flu-like symptoms to go and get tested, as well as those who have been in contact with someone sick.
Earlier in the week, Dr. Arruda specified that there is capacity at testing sites and anyone thinking of going should do so.
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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- New or worsening cough.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose.
- Gastrointestinal issues (such as nausea, diarrhea).
If you think you may have COVID-19, the government asks that you call 1‑877‑644‑4545 to schedule an appointment at a screening clinic.
Quebec government reminders for preventing the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Wear a mask or face covering when physical distancing is not possible. Wearing a mask is mandatory in enclosed public spaces across the province.
- Stay at least two metres away from other people as much as possible.
- Self-isolate for 14 days after returning from a stay outside the country.
Why AMC, GameStop, and Virgin Galactic Were Falling Today – Motley Fool
Shares of AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC), GameStop (NYSE:GME), and Virgin Galactic (NYSE:SPCE) were all falling by mid-single-digit rates or more in morning trading Thursday even as the market indexes themselves were mostly flat as they digested the latest jump in jobless claims.
The shares of these so-called meme stocks typically aren’t tethered to business fundamentals or macroeconomic concerns, and today’s moves don’t seem tied to any specific company news either. Volatility is just how they do.
AMC was down 7%, GameStop was off 4%, and Virgin was declining 6.3%.
Investors who’ve bought into these stocks shouldn’t be wavering in their support. Although I think AMC is the weakest of the three, it does have the cash to survive for quite a while, so there will be plenty of time to panic-sell later on if the movie theater business just can’t recover from the pandemic and the launch of so many movie streaming services.
GameStop has a lot to prove with the online-oriented business model that it’s transitioning to, but there is a real chance it can do it. It has lots of cash, no debt, and a clearly defined goal of where it wants to go.
Virgin Galactic, for its part, is also a risky venture in that space tourism is not something that will be happening anytime soon. However, this week’s launch of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin into the under reaches of space, following the same sort of trip Virgin made a week ago, shows it could be a viable opportunity.
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Sask. reports 26 new COVID-19 cases are active cases continue to rise – CTV News
Saskatchewan reported 26 additional cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing active cases in the province up to 287 from Wednesday’s 276.
Fourteen of Thursday’s new cases were recorded in the Far North West, where active cases sit at 83.
Twenty more recoveries were added. There were no new deaths related to the virus reported.
The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases is 30 or 2.5 new cases per 100,000 people.
New cases were reported in the Far North West (14), Far North East (one), North West (two), North Central (one), Saskatoon (five), Regina (one) and South Central (one). One case is pending location details. One case was reassigned to the North West zone. Five cases, which were Saskatchewan residents tested out-of-province, were added to Regina (four) and the South East (one).
Fifty-nine Saskatchewan residents are being treated for COVID-19 in hospital, including 11 in the ICU.
Saskatchewan healthcare workers administered 7,286 more doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Seventy-four per cent of those over 12 have received their first dose and 60 per cent of those over 12 are fully vaccinated.
No new lineage results were reported for variant cases on Thursday. Of the 7,961 variant cases with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing 7,027 are Alpha (B.1.1.7), 505 are Delta (B.1.617.2), 419 are Gamma (P.1), and 10 are Beta (B.1.351).
Gold price holding $1800 an ounce as U.S. weekly jobless claims rise by 51K – Kitco NEWS
(Kitco News) – The gold market continues to hold important support above $1,800 an ounce but continues to see little movement to disappointing economic data as more Americans than expected apply for first-time unemployment.
For the third consecutive week, U.S. weekly jobless claims jumped more than expected. Thursday the U.S. Labor Department said that weekly jobless claims rose by 51,000 to 413,000, up from the previous week’s unrevised estimate of 368,000 claims.
According to consensus forecasts, economists were expecting to see a new pandemic low with 350,000 claims.
The latest employment data is not having much impact on the gold market. August gold futures last traded at $1,804 an ounce, relatively unchanged on the day.
The four-week moving average for new claims – often viewed as a more reliable measure of the labor market since it flattens week-to-week volatility – rose to 385,250 up by 750 claims from the previous week.
Continuing jobless claims, which represent the number of people already receiving benefits, were at 3.236 million during the week ending July 10 down by 29,000 from the previous week’s revised level.
“This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since March 21, 2020 when it was 3,094,000,” the report said.
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