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COVID-19: no improvement in Quebec – Inspired Traveler



The coronavirus shows no sign of running out of steam in the Capitale-Nationale, where it has caused the death of 669 people in total since the start of the crisis.

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The surge of recent days continued on Wednesday, with the region reporting 226 new cases of infection over a 24-hour period.

Small consolation, the death toll has increased at a rate a little slower than the day before. Six more people died from the infection.

The Capitale-Nationale ranks third among the regions of Quebec most affected by COVID-19 in proportion to their population, behind Laval and Montreal.

According to official data, 2,269 citizens are considered to be “active” carriers of the infection, the vast majority of them living in the immediate region of Quebec (2,109 active cases).

The situation seems better under control in Charlevoix (30 active cases).

In Quebec, the CHSLD Saint-Antoine, which however vaccinated the majority of its clientele two weeks ago, has a total of 64 residents currently affected by the virus, an increase of 13, which represents 31% of its population.

As reported The newspaper In its Wednesday edition, this situation in no way calls into question the efficacy or safety of Pfizer’s vaccine: the outbreak exploded before immunity had time to develop in newly vaccinated individuals.

Wednesday’s hike was expected due to a massive screening carried out Monday on the third and fourth floors of the building.

In Chaudière-Appalaches, the days go by and are also similar, but the epidemiological portrait is not going in the right direction.

Another 101 new cases were recorded on Sunday, as were three deaths.

The outbreak that is of most concern is that of the CHSLD Sainte-Hénédine, where 73% of residents contracted COVID-19 and two have died.

Nine new cases have been discovered in the last hours, for a total of 22 among the beneficiaries.

While vigilance is still required in Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean, where 55 new cases have been recorded and where there are more than 500 “active” carriers of the disease, the region is nevertheless still below. the national average for disease activity rate.

For their part, Bas-Saint-Laurent (12 new cases), the Côte-Nord (3 new cases) and Gaspésie – Îles-de-la-Madeleine (6 new cases) continue to enjoy a more enviable situation. , albeit fragile.

Regarding vaccination, it has jumped to 694 doses administered in the Capitale-Nationale, but it is in good shape in Chaudière-Appalaches and Saguenay.

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Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries



Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.

Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .


(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver



EBay will sell its South Korean business to retailer Shinsegae Group and e-commerce firm Naver for about 4 trillion won ($3.6 billion), local newspapers reported on Wednesday.

EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.

Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.

Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.

South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.

Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.

($1 = 1,117.7000 won)


(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum



Canada is set to begin a hotly anticipated auction of the mobile telecommunications bandwidth necessary for 5G rollout, one that was delayed more than a year by the pandemic.

The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.

Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.

Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.

The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.

The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.

Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.

In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.

Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.

Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.

In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.

Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.

The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.

($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)


(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)

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