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Ford wants more COVID-19 testing at Pearson Airport as hundreds of travellers test positive – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford wants anyone who lands at Toronto Pearson International Airport to take a COVID-19 test as more than 100 travellers tested positive for the disease after arriving into the country within a two-week time frame.

The premier made the comments at a news conference held Monday afternoon.

“I can’t stress this enough,” he said. “We have to test every person that comes in to Pearson, and any other land crossing. It’s absolutely critical. We need to put barriers up every which way we can.”

“Every time I look up in the sky I’m thinking how many cases are coming in. This has to stop.”

According to the federal government, at least 156 flights have landed in Canada between Jan. 10 and Jan. 23 that had passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in the country.

The majority of the flights landed in Toronto (76), Montreal (40), and Calgary (24).

There were also 70 domestic flights that had a passenger later test positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to non-essential travel since March, with the latest extension set to expire on Feb. 21. Travellers must show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their travel date, and must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently urged Canadians to cancel all non-essential trips abroad.

“No one should be taking a vacation right now. If you’ve got one planned, cancel it,” Trudeau said last week. “If you are thinking of traveling across the country for spring break – now is not the time.”

The Ontario government also announced a pilot program earlier this month offering voluntary COVID-19 testing for anyone landing at Pearson Airport. It’s not yet clear how many people have used the program.

Despite the regulations and the availability of testing, it appears that COVID-19-positive cases are still being traced back to travel, causing concern by local politicians trying to curb the spread of the disease.

On Monday, the mayors and chairs of the 11 largest municipal governments across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area released a statement calling for stricter travel measures.

“The federal government is urged to adopt increased quarantine enforcement mechanisms including technology which do not rely on local officials who are already hard pressed,” the news release said.

“In addition to the recently instituted three-day advance testing requirement for travellers arriving in Canada, the mayors and chairs urged the federal government to consider additional testing measures at the airports to detect the presence of viral variants.”

Ford renewed that same call for more COVID-19 testing and stricter regulations, adding that he will be going to Pearson Airport on Tuesday.

“Let’s make sure that we test every single person that comes into our country, rather than having 750 people flying into Pearson that are positive.”

“It just doesn’t make sense whatsoever.”

No further details were provided about the reason for the premier’s visit to Pearson Airport.

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COVID-19 Today: A look at the numbers for Newmarket, York Region, Ontario – NewmarketToday.ca

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Newmarket (reported Sunday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.)

  • 1,596 cases of COVID-19 
  • 2 more cases since Feb. 27
  • 33 (+1) variant cases
    • 2 (+0) B.1.1.7. U.K.; local transmission
    • 31 (+1) lineage not yet determined; 21 (+1) close contact, 5 (-1) local transmission, 5 workplace
  • 1,512 (+6) cases resolved (94%)
  • 47 (-3) active cases
  • 0 more deaths, totalling 37
  • 7 (+1) hospitalized, 1 (+0) in ICU
  • 5 (+0) institutional outbreaks
    • Outbreak #2 declared Feb. 26 at Amica Newmarket Retirement Home (1 health-care worker)
    • Outbreak #2 declared Feb. 22 at Eagle Terrace Long-term Care Home (4 staff)
    • Outbreak declared Feb. 19 at Inn From the Cold (1 resident, 1 staff)
    • Outbreak declared Feb. 3 at The Newmarket Residence (54 residents, 10 staff)
    • Outbreak #3 Jan. 4 at Southlake Regional Health Centre (27 patients, 16 health-care workers)
  • 3 (+0) school surveillances
    • Surveillance #2 declared Feb. 26 at Dr. J.M. Denison Secondary School (1 staff)
    • Surveillance declared Feb. 26 at Poplar Bank School (1 student)
    • Surveillance #2 declared Feb. 25 at Denne Public School (1 staff)
  • 1 (+0) child care outbreak
    • Outbreak declared Feb. 6 at Brightpath Newmarket (5 children, 5 staff)
  • 0 (-1) workplace outbreak
  • 37 (-2) new cases in last 7 days
  • 281 tests on Feb. 25, 5 positive (1.8% positivity) update N/A

The Nitty Gritty

  • 742 (+2) cases close contact, or 46%
  • 311 (+0) cases institutional outbreak, or 20%
  • 389 (+2) cases community transmission, or 24%
  • 11 (-1) cases under investigation, or 1%
  • 40 (+0) cases travel, or 3%
  • 91 (+0) cases workplace outbreak, or 6%
  • 395 (+1) cases age 19 to 34, 25%
  • 277 (+0) cases age 35 to 44, or 17%
  • 239 (+0) cases age 45 to 54, or 15%
  • 205 (+1) cases age 55 to 64, or 13%
  • 143 (+0) cases age 65 to 79, or 9%
  • 118 (+0) cases age 80+, or 8%
  • 103 (+0) cases age 4 to 13, or 7%
  • 79 (+1) cases age 14 to 18, or 5%
  • 37 (+0) cases age 0 to 3, or 2%

York Region (reported Sunday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.) at red control zone

  • 28,829 confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • 66 new cases since Feb. 27
  • 617 (+20) variant cases
    • 79 (+0) B.1.1.7 U.K.
    • 538 (+20) lineage not yet determined 
  • 27,509 (+104) cases resolved (95%)
  • 796 (-42) active cases
  • 0 more deaths, totalling 524
  • 137 (+5) cases are hospitalized, 25 (+1) patients in ICU 
  • 380 (+1) workplace outbreaks, 15 (+0) active, 3,120 (+1) cases 

Recovery Measures

Cases in schools, child care centres

  • 59 (+0) school outbreaks, 2 (+0) active
  • 409 (+5) school surveillances, 30 (+5) active
  • 59 (+0) child care outbreaks, 3 (+0) active
  • 1,161 (+8) total school and child care cases
  • 789 (+5) student/children cases
  • 372 (+3) staff cases

Institutional Outbreaks

  • 260 (+1) institutional outbreaks, 26 (+1) active
    • Outbreak #5 declared Feb. 27 at Revera Elginwood LTC, Richmond Hill (1 health-care worker)

Nitty Gritty

  • 14,838 (+106) cases, or 51%, close contact
  • 8,493 (+33)  cases, or 29%, community transmission
  • 3,051 (+2) cases, or 11%, institutional outbreak
  • 238 (-29) cases, or 1%, under investigation
  • 454 (+3) cases, or 2%, travel
  • 1,575 (+12) cases, or 5%, workplace outbreak
  • 7,484 (+14) cases age 19 to 34, or 26%
  • 4,908 (+7) cases age 45 to 54, or 17%
  • 4,356 (+14) cases age 55 to 64, or 15%
  • 4,020 (+7) cases ages 35 to 44, or 14%
  • 2,651 (+6) cases age 65 to 79, or 9%
  • 1,708 (+1) cases age 80+, or 6%
  • 1,742 (+10) cases age 4 to 13, or 6%
  • 1,451 (+3) cases age 14 to 18, or 5%
  • 509 (+0) cases age 0 to 3, or 2%

Around the region:

  • Vaughan 12,144 (+31) cases, 307 (-21) active
  • Markham 7,572 (+14) cases, 190 (-5) active
  • Richmond Hill 3,774 (+15) cases, 145 (+2) active
  • Newmarket 1,596 (+2) cases, 47 (-3) active
  • East Gwillimbury 617 (+0) cases, 29 (-1) active
  • Aurora 939 (+2) cases, 24 (-1) active
  • Georgina 672 (+1) cases, 21 (-6) active
  • Whitchurch-Stouffville 810 (+1) cases, 20 (-5) active
  • King 645 (+0) cases, 12 (-2) active

Ontario (reported at 10:30 a.m. on March 1, for Feb. 28)

  • 301,839 confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • 1,023 new cases since Feb. 27
  • 565 (+7) variant cases
    • 535 (+7) U.K. variant
    • 27 (+0) South African variant
    • 3 (+10 Brazilian variant
  • 6 more deaths, totalling 6,986
  • 284,283 resolved 94.2% of cases
  • 659 (+32) cases are hospitalized; 280 (-9) in ICU; 175 (-10) on ventilators (*about 10% of hospitals did not submit data)
  • 35,015 more tests completed, with 13,416 awaiting results
  • 2.3% positivity Feb. 25

Vaccines

  • 17,424 daily doses administered Feb. 28
  • 704,695 total doses
  • 263,214 completed (people fully vaccinated)

Cases in children, youth

  • 6,772 (+57) cases ages 4 to 8
  • 9,091 (+47) cases ages 9 to 13
  • 9,548 (+59) cases ages 14 to 17

Institutional Outbreaks

  • 1,275 (+1) outbreaks at long-term care homes, 91 (-5) active
  • 753 (+0) outbreaks at retirement homes, 57 (-4) active
  • 416 (+1) outbreaks at hospitals, 31 (-4) active
  • 3,865 (+1) long-term care resident deaths
  • 14,958 (+0) cases are long-term care residents

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35000 Eligible Residents Already Pre-Registered for COVID Vaccine, Two New Cases Identified in Eastern NL – VOCM

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There are two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province today.

Both are in the Eastern Health region and involve people under the age of 20 who are contacts of previous cases.

Eleven people are in hospital with the virus. There have been 27 new recoveries for a total of 236 active cases in Newfoundland and Labrador.

A previous case reported on February 22, has turned out to be a false positive.

Dr. Janice Fitzgerald says there has been great interest in preregistration for those 70 and older for the COVID vaccine. She says there’s been good uptake with over 35,000 people already pre-registered.

Those with access to the internet are encouraged to fill out the form online and help others who may need assistance. Or you may call 1-833-668-3930 or 709-273-3930 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

In the meantime, Fitzgerald is strongly discouraging people from non-essential travel in and out of the metro region while it remains in Alert Level 5. Visits to the cabin or a snowmobile run are not considered to be essential, she suggests.

NL Reviewing AstraZeneca Vaccine Following Health Canada Approval

(Vaccine illustration courtesy AstraZeneca.)

The province is still reviewing the evidence surrounding the AstraZeneca vaccine, which received Health Canada approval late last week.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald says the vaccine meets Health Canada’s standards for safety and efficacy and quality.

The vaccine is effective in preventing serious illness as a result of COVID-19 says Fitzgerald and they’re still reviewing the evidence to see where it will fit into the province’s strategy.

Premier Andrew Furey expressed optimism knowing that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is “not too far behind” in getting Health Canada approval.

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Global National: March 1 | AstraZeneca vaccine not recommended for Canadians over age 65 – Global News

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  1. Global National: March 1 | AstraZeneca vaccine not recommended for Canadians over age 65  Global News
  2. AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine ‘not recommended’ in people 65 and older: NACI  CTV News
  3. AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaxine not recommended for seniors in Canada  CP24 Toronto’s Breaking News
  4. Europe must get its act together with Covid vaccine rollout  Telegraph.co.uk
  5. Pfizer and AZ Covid jabs ‘highly effective’ in elderly: UK study  RFI
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