Hamilton reported 110 new COVID-19 cases on the weekend with 92 on Saturday and just 18 on Sunday.
The city’s active cases are now up from 290 on Friday to 342 on Sunday.
There were two more deaths reported on the weekend with the first involving a person aged in their 30s. The other death was an individual in their 70s.
Hamilton has now had 278 deaths and 10,112 total COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
The city recorded two new outbreaks on the weekend at two elementary schools, with one involving a daycare.
The outbreak at Cathy Wever elementary school involves two people at the full-day early learning and childcare portion run by the Umbrella Family and Child Centres of Hamilton.
St. Ann Catholic elementary near Barton Street East and Sherman Avenue North now has an outbreak involving two staff members.
The outbreak at the Salvation Army men’s homeless shelter on York Boulevard grew by over 20 cases on the weekend, moving from just three reported on Friday to 25 by Sunday.
There are now 42 total cases among seven different outbreaks at city shelters as of Sunday.
The city now has 21 outbreaks involving 228 total cases and 22 deaths. Twenty of the deceased are connected to just two seniors’ homes currently experiencing outbreaks — The Meadows and Macassa Lodge.
As of Friday, the city has administered 26,738 COVID-19 vaccine doses; 17,314 at the HHS fixed clinic and close to 9,424 through the mobile clinic.
Just over 16,000 health-care workers have received a shot while about 7,200 residents have received a dose.
Seniors over 80 living in retirement homes and other congregate settings will be the next to receive vaccines as part of public health’s strategy.
The St. Joe’s West 5th Campus hospital will become the site of the city’s second fixed COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The launch date for the appointment-only clinic offering shots for those eligible for the vaccines is March 1.
The clinic will have the capacity to administer 2,000 vaccines per day. Public health says the target date for vaccinations of the general public is likely sometime in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Hamilton remains in the red-control level of the province’s COVID-19 response framework as of Sunday.
Halton Region reports 42 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death
Halton region reported 42 new COVID-19 cases on the weekend with 19 on Saturday and 23 on Sunday.
Public health says active cases went down by 36 over two days, to 208 as of Feb. 21.
The region added another death on the weekend, the first at the outbreak at the Georgetown hospital, which has had eight cases since the outbreak began on Feb 13.
Halton has had 190 virus-related deaths and 9,223 total coronavirus cases since the pandemic started.
There were no new outbreaks reported, and one at a long-term care home was declared over on Friday. The outbreak at Wyndham Manor in Oakville lasted 27 days and involved three cases among one staffer and two other people associated with the home.
Halton currently has 22 open outbreaks in the community with eight tied to an LTCH or retirement home.
Public health has administered 23,934 COVID-19 vaccines as of Friday. Close to 8,000 doses have been given out by mobile teams and just under 16,000 from fixed clinics as of Feb. 21.
Halton is in the red-control level of the province’s COVID-19 response framework as of Sunday.
Niagara reports 41 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, three outbreaks over
Niagara reported 41 new coronavirus cases on the weekend, with 22 on Saturday and 19 on Sunday.
Active cases dropped by 14 over two days, with 270 reported on Sunday.
There were no new virus-related deaths on the weekend — the region’s total number of coronavirus-related deaths remains at 365.
There have been 8,469 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
Public health declared three outbreaks over on Friday at two nursing homes — Maple Park Lodge in Fort Erie and Extendicare Ltd. — as well as the Lookout Ridge Retirement Community.
Niagara has 17 total outbreaks, which include surges at 11 health-related facilities, including five in St. Catharines and two in Niagara Falls.
Public health administered another 111 COVID-19 vaccines on Sunday. Close to 9,000 doses have been given out in the region as of Feb. 21.
Niagara is in the grey-lockdown zone level of the province’s COVID-19 response framework as of Sunday.
Haldimand-Norfolk reports eight new COVID-19 cases on the weekend, over 1,300 vaccinated
The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit reported eight new COVID-19 cases on the weekend with two on Saturday and six on Sunday.
Active cases went up seven to 20 from Friday.
The region has had 1,402 total coronavirus cases and 39 virus-related deaths since the pandemic began.
The HNHU is now dealing with just one outbreak involving a single coronavirus case at the Grandview Lodge long-term care home.
The outbreak at the Delhi long-term care home was declared over on Friday. The home had one case over 16 days.
Public health says 3,592 doses of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines have now been administered, while about 1,335 people have completed their vaccinations with a second dose.
Haldimand-Norfolk moved into the orange-restrict level of the province’s COVID-19 response framework on Sunday.
Brant County reports 25 new COVID-19 cases on the weekend, over 1,600 vaccinated
The Brant County Health Unit reported 25 new COVID-19 cases on the weekend with 19 on Saturday and six on Sunday.
Active cases increased by 20 cases over two days from 27 on Friday to 47 by Sunday.
Public health is dealing with five coronavirus outbreaks, adding three more on the weekend at three schools in Brantford.
All of the schools — James Hillier, North Park Collegiate and St. Peter’s — are reporting three cases each among students.
More than 6,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the region with close to 2,400 people having completed their vaccinations as of Feb. 21.
The county has had 1,440 coronavirus cases and 12 virus-related deaths since the pandemic began last March.
The region is now in the orange-restrict level of the province’s COVID-19 response framework as of Sunday.
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Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 161.42 million, death toll at 3,488,751
More than 161.42 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 3,488,751 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open https://tmsnrt.rs/2FThSv7 in an external browser.
Eikon users can click for a case tracker.
The following table lists the top 50 countries by the number of reported cases. A complete list is available with the above links.
COUNTRIES AND TOTAL DEATHS CONFIRMED DEATHS PER
TERRITORIES CASES 10,000
United States 584,768 32,926,288 17.9
India 262,317 24,046,809 1.94
Brazil 430,417 15,433,989 20.55
France 107,423 5,848,154 16.04
Turkey 44,301 5,095,390 5.38
Russia 254,590 4,922,901 17.62
United Kingdom 127,668 4,446,824 19.21
Italy 123,927 4,146,722 20.51
Spain 79,339 3,604,799 16.95
Germany 85,903 3,579,871 10.36
Argentina 69,254 3,242,103 15.56
Colombia 79,760 3,067,879 16.06
Poland 71,311 2,849,014 18.78
Iran 76,433 2,732,152 9.34
Mexico 219,901 2,375,115 17.43
Ukraine 47,620 2,143,448 10.67
Peru 65,316 1,873,316 20.02
Indonesia 47,823 1,734,285 1.79
Czech Republic 29,857 1,651,178 28.09
South Africa 55,012 1,605,252 9.52
Netherlands 17,423 1,589,282 10.11
Canada 24,825 1,312,408 6.7
Chile 27,520 1,266,601 14.69
Iraq 15,910 1,134,859 4.14
Philippines 18,958 1,131,467 1.78
Romania 29,413 1,070,605 15.11
Sweden 14,275 1,037,126 14.03
Belgium 24,645 1,026,473 21.56
Pakistan 19,384 873,220 0.91
Portugal 16,999 841,379 16.53
Israel 6,379 839,076 7.18
Hungary 29,041 796,390 29.71
Bangladesh 12,102 779,535 0.75
Jordan 9,203 722,754 9.24
Serbia 6,646 705,185 9.52
Switzerland 10,179 679,510 11.96
Japan 11,396 673,821 0.9
Austria 10,455 635,780 11.83
United Arab Emirates 1,626 543,610 1.69
Lebanon 7,569 534,968 11.05
Morocco 9,091 514,670 2.52
Malaysia 1,822 462,190 0.58
Nepal 4,669 439,658 1.66
Saudi Arabia 7,134 431,432 2.12
Bulgaria 17,194 413,320 24.48
Ecuador 19,442 405,783 11.38
Slovakia 12,168 387,162 22.34
Greece 11,322 373,881 10.55
Belarus 2,681 373,351 2.83
Panama 6,288 369,455 15.05
Source: Reuters tally based on statements from health ministries and government officials
Generated at 10:00 GMT.
(Editing by David Clarke)
Canada plots course to fully vaccinated return to gatherings in fall
Canada on Friday said there would be a gradual return to a world with indoor sports and family gatherings as more people get vaccinated, but it did not go as far as the United States in telling people they could eventually ditch their masks.
Canada has administered one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to just over half its adult population, and the country may be over the worst of its current third wave of infections, Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said.
On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors and can avoid wearing them indoors in most places, guidance the agency said will allow life to begin to return to normal.
On Friday, Canada‘s public health agency offered guidelines to the 10 provinces, which are responsible for public health restrictions.
The agency says once 75% of Canadians have had a single dose and 20% are fully vaccinated, some restrictions can be relaxed to allow small, outdoor gatherings with family and friends, camping, and picnics.
Once 75% of those eligible are fully vaccinated in the fall, indoor sports and family gatherings can be allowed again.
“I think masks might be the last layer of that multi-layer protection that we’ll advise people to remove,” Tam told reporters, noting that in Canada colder temperatures meant people would start spending more time indoors in the fall.
“We are taking a bit of a different approach to the United States,” she added. While in most of Canada masks are not required outdoors, they are mandatory indoors.
Less than 4% of Canada‘s adult population has been fully vaccinated compared to more than 36% of Americans.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has promised that everyone who wants to can be fully vaccinated by September, this week spoke of a “one-dose summer” and a “two-dose fall” without explaining what that might look like.
(Reporting by Steve Scherer and David Ljunggren; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
Delayed 2nd Pfizer/BioNTech shot boosts antibodies in elderly; COVID-19 obesity risk higher for men
The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.
Delaying second Pfizer/BioNTech dose boosts antibodies in elderly
Delaying the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine beyond the originally recommended three-week gap used by the companies in clinical trials appears to induce a stronger antibody response in the elderly, UK researchers found. Shortly after the vaccine became available, UK health officials advised that the second dose should be given 12 weeks after the first to allow more people to get protected by a first dose early on. In a new paper seen by Reuters and expected to appear on medRxiv on Friday ahead of peer review, researchers found that among 175 people ages 80 to 99, those who got their second dose at 12 weeks had antibody responses that were 3.5 times higher than those who got it after three weeks. Antibodies are only one part of the immune system, and vaccines also generate T cells that fight infections. The peak T cell responses were higher in the group with a three-week interval between doses, and the authors cautioned against drawing conclusions on how protected individuals were based on which dosing schedule they received. (https://reut.rs/3wjPK9B)
Impact of obesity on COVID-19 risks may be greater in men
The known increased risk of severe COVID-19 and death linked to obesity may be even more pronounced for men than women, new data suggest. Researchers studied 3,530 hospitalized COVID-19 patients with an average age of 65, including 1,469 who were obese. In men, moderate obesity was associated with a significantly higher risk of developing severe disease, needing mechanical breathing assistance and dying from COVID-19. (The threshold for moderate obesity is a body mass index (BMI) of 35. In an 5-foot, five-inch tall (1.65 m) adult, that would correspond to a weight of 210 pounds (95 kg). In women, however, only a BMI of 40 or higher, indicating severe obesity, was linked with the increased risks. In a report published in European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, the researchers note that while obesity is known to be linked with body-wide inflammation, patients’ levels of inflammatory proteins did not appear to explain the association between obesity and severe illness. For now, they conclude, “particular attention should be paid” to protecting patients with obesity from the coronavirus, “with priority to vaccination access, remote work, telemedicine, and other measures given the higher risk of adverse outcomes once they are diagnosed with COVID-19.” (https://bit.ly/3eO6GiA)
COVID-19 testing rates low among symptomatic Americans
Sick Americans appear to be passing up opportunities to get tested for coronavirus and thus are likely unknowingly spreading the infection throughout their communities, new research shows. Among 37,000 adults across the United States who participated in a smartphone app survey between March and October 2020, nearly 2,700 reported at least one episode of fever and chills. But according to a report published in JAMA Network Open, only a small fraction reported receiving a COVID-19 test result within seven days of the onset of illness. At first, as tests became more accessible, the numbers improved. In early April 2020, less than 10% of survey participants reporting illness with fever received test results within a week. By late July, that proportion had increased to 24.1%. Throughout the summer and fall, as tests became easier to find, the number of sick participants who reported getting tested remained flat. By late October, only 26% reported receiving a test result within a week of febrile illness. “It’s shocking to me that when people have a fever they’re still not getting tested,” said coauthor Dr. Mark Pletcher of the University of California, San Francisco. “Tests are easy to come by. People might have coronavirus, might be spreading it to their friends and neighbors, and they’re not getting tested.” (https://bit.ly/2QUyMzf)
Open in an external browser for a Reuters graphic on vaccines in development.
(Reporting by Nancy Lapid, Alistair Smout and Ronnie Cohen; Editing by Bill Berkrot
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