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Hamilton recorded two new COVID-19 deaths over the weekend as active case counts crept back above 400.

The city reported 79 new coronavirus cases and 431 active cases Sunday, up from 35 and 378 Saturday.

It marks the first time active cases have increased since Feb. 28.

One person in their 60s and one person in their 70s were reported to have died Saturday and Sunday, respectively. A total 287 people in Hamilton have died due to complications with COVID-19.

Presumed cases of fast-spreading coronavirus variants in the city crossed the 100-mark this weekend.

On Sunday, public health reported 106 presumed cases of the variants, which are more contagious and believed to cause more severe illness.

That’s up 18 from the 88 presumed cases reported Friday and nearly triple the 37 presumed cases reported Feb. 26.

All coronavirus cases in Ontario are screened for the variants that first appeared in the U.K., South Africa and Brazil. Cases that screen positive for a variant are then sent to a lab for confirmation. Nearly all of those cases end up being confirmed, according to Hamilton’s medical officer of health.

To date, Hamilton has had four confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 strain, which originated in the U.K.

The city’s active outbreak total is now at 28 after four outbreaks were declared and three were ended over the weekend.

The Meadows Long Term Care Home in Ancaster entered outbreak protocol Thursday after one staff member became infected with COVID-19.



One teacher and one student tested positive at Orchard Park Secondary School on Friday.

Three staff members at Red Hill Toyota at 2333 Barton St. E. were reported to be infected in an outbreak declared Saturday.

Outbreaks at I.H. Mission Service and Aug. 8 on Wilson Street were ended Saturday. An outbreak at Juravinski Hospital Unit M2 — where eight people were infected and two died since it was declared Feb. 19 — ended Sunday.

The new COVID cases reported over the weekend bring Hamilton’s pandemic total to 10,801. Ninety-two per cent of those — 9,909 — have recovered.

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COVID cases in Ontario could spike to 30,000 per day by June



TORONTO (Reuters) – New cases of COVID-19 in Canada‘s most populous province could rise more than six fold, topping 30,000 per day by early June if public health measures are weak and vaccination rates remain flat, a panel of experts advising the province of Ontario said on Friday.

Even if measures to control the virus are “moderate,” the number of patients in Ontario ICUs could reach 2,000 in May, up from 695 on Friday.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario told doctors last week they may soon have to decide who can and cannot receive intensive care.


(Reporting by Allison Martell; Editing by Chris Reese)

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Moderna sees shortfall in Britain COVID vaccine shipments, EU deliveries on track



ZURICH (Reuters) – U.S. drugmaker Moderna expects a shortfall in COVID-19 vaccine doses from its European supply chain hitting second-quarter delivery quantities for Britain and Canada, though European Union– and Swiss-bound shipments are on track, a spokesperson said.

The delays, first announced on Friday when Canada said Moderna would be delivering only about half the planned 1.2 million doses by the end of April, come as Switzerland’s Lonza ramps up three new production lines to make active ingredients for Moderna vaccine supplies outside of the United States.

“The trajectory of vaccine manufacturing ramp-up is not linear, and despite best efforts, there is a shortfall in previously estimated doses from the European supply chain,” Moderna said in a statement.

Lonza didn’t immediately return a phone call and email seeking comment on any issues in its production.


(Reporting by John Miller; editing by David Evans)

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Moderna says vaccines to Canada to be delayed due to Europe shortfall



(Reuters) -Moderna Inc said on Friday a shortfall in COVID-19 vaccine doses from its European supply chain will lead to a delay in deliveries to some countries including Canada.

The drugmaker would be delivering only 650,000 doses by April end as opposed to 1.2 million, Canada‘s Procurement Minister Anita Anand said in a statement.

She said one to two million doses of the 12.3 million doses scheduled for delivery by Moderna in the second quarter would be delayed until the third.

Moderna officials in Europe did not immediately comment on the reason for the delays or give the total number of countries that would be impacted.

“Vaccine manufacturing is a highly complex process and a number of elements, including human and material resources have factored into this volatility,” said Patricia Gauthier, an executive at Moderna Canada.

Canada has distributed a total of 2.82 million doses of the Moderna vaccine as of April 14 and 12.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in total.

Moderna has been aiming to deliver 700 million to 1 billion doses of the COVID-19 globally this year, including from plants in Europe and the United States.

Swiss contract drug manufacturer Lonza makes active ingredients for Moderna’s vaccine in Visp, but it was still ramping up three new production lines that once operational would be able to produce 300 million shots annually.

The current supply, demand and distribution landscape has led the drugmaker to make adjustments in the expected second-quarter deliveries, Gauthier said.

(Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru, Allison Martell in Toronto and John Miller in Zurich; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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