No new confirmed cases of COVID-19 are being reported by the Brant County Health Unit for the second consecutive day.
The number of active cases, those that considered infectious, dropped on Friday to 16, a decrease of three from the day before.
No one with an active case of the virus is in hospital.
There have been 225 lab-confirmed cases in Brantford-Brant since the pandemic began, with 204 of them considered resolved.
There are five local deaths associated with the virus.
An outbreak declared on Oct. 15 at Hardy Terrace Long-term Care Home in Mount Pleasant, where one staff member tested positive for the coronavirus continues.
Of the confirmed local cases, 175 people are from Brantford and 50 from Brant County.
In the majority of cases (54 per cent), the virus was contracted through close contact with an infected person, followed by 22 per cent contracted through community spread. Fourteen per cent of cases are associated with an outbreak and 10 per cent through travel. The means of transmission in 0.4 per cent of cases is pending.
Those between the ages of 20 and 39 account for 39 per cent of cases, followed by 31 per cent aged 40 to 59, 15 per cent aged 60 to 79, 11 per cent under age 20 and four per cent aged 80 and over.
There had been 31,993 COVID-19 tests conducted as of Friday morning at the Brant Community Healthcare System’s assessment centre.
The latest posted numbers from Six Nations of the Grand River indicate there are 26 active cases of COVID-19 on the territory. The total number of confirmed Six Nations cases is 74 since the start of the the pandemic, with 48 of them considered resolved. One Six Nations resident has died of COVID-19.
One of Toronto FC’s biggest stars isn’t thinking about whether or not he’ll be named the league’s most valuable player this season. After all, while some other nominees are still fighting for Major League Soccer’s top prize, Alejandro Pozuelo and his teammates are already back home. “For me, the MVP, it’s not important,” the 29-year-old Spaniard said on a video call Friday. “I feel no good when we lose in the first round (of the playoffs).”Toronto appeared poised for a long playoff run after finishing the regular-season campaign with a 13-5-5 record, second best in the league. But the club’s year came to an abrupt end Tuesday when it lost 1-0 in overtime to expansion side Nashville SC in East Hartford, Conn.Three days later, the result is still “bitter,” and the players feel some guilt because they know they could have gone further, said goalkeeper Quentin Westberg. “It stays and it sticks and it’s going to be hard to wash off,” he said.The disappointing finish punctuated a long, hard season that saw Toronto’s players and staff face unprecedented challenges, from injuries and a condensed schedule to months spent on the road and games in empty stadiums. The uncertainty of 2020 has been difficult for everyone, said midfielder Jonathan Osorio, including professional athletes who saw seasons come to a screeching halt in March as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in North America. “You’re dealing with a lot of things that happen so quickly but so slowly at the same time,” he said. “It was tough.”TFC played just one game in front of fans at BMO Field before the hiatus. When play resumed, it was in a bubble near Orlando, Fla., with the MLS is Back tournament, followed by an all-Canadian nine-game series in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Then, in mid-September, border restrictions forced all three Canadian clubs to move south. TFC set up a temporary home in East Hartford.“You had to have a lot of patience this year, I think. It was tough,” Osorio said. “It was tough to get your body ready for games and then stop for long periods of times and then start again so quickly. An overall tough year for everybody.” A wave of injuries also impacted Toronto. Star striker Jozy Altidore and veteran defender Justin Morrow both missed time, and captain Michael Bradley was twice sidelined, first by an ankle injury and then by a knee sprain. Going through surgery, rehab and training was difficult, Bradley said.“It’s a frustrating year from a personal standpoint,” said the 33-year-old midfielder. “It was a crazy year. That’s not meant in any way to be an excuse. It’s just reality.”Pozuelo revealed Friday that he, too, had dealt with a leg injury through the final two or three weeks of the season. He did not detail the nature of the injury but said he and the club kept it quiet because he wanted to continue playing. “This is no excuse,” he said. “I play a lot of games because I want to play. And I feel good (to) play.”Pozuelo saw action in all 23 of Toronto’s regular-season games, and was on the field for the full 120 minutes of Tuesday’s playoff loss.He led TFC in scoring with nine goals and 10 assists, and was tied with two other players for most assists in MLS through the regular season. The MLS pandemic-condensed schedule, which saw most teams play two games a week, was hard on the athletes’ bodies, Pozuelo said.“In football, I learned that we cannot play every three or four days because we kill the players,” he said. “It’s difficult. It’s difficult to play every two, three, four days.”Now that the season has ended, Bradley is looking forward to training consistently and pushing himself physically. He said the off-season will be the first time all year that he’s been able to work out for more than four or five weeks in a row. “I feel good. I feel strong,” he said. The prospect of an indefinite off-season kept TFC centre back Omar Gonzalez up Thursday night. It’s hard to know how to prepare when you don’t know when you’ll play your next game, he explained. “We have to be ready to fight for another trophy at the beginning of the year, whenever it comes,” he said. “So we have to be ready. I want to be ready for my teammates, for my team.” After everything the club went through in 2020, being ousted from the playoffs in the first round hurts, Gonzalez said, particularly because TFC is a club that sets its standards high. But he hopes the season of adversity will hold some lessons moving forward. “It’s definitely a year that we’ll look back on and take a lot from,” Gonzalez said. “Because I think we have a lot of strong people on this team. And I think there’ll be a lot of growth from this year.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2020.Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press
On of the best Black Friday headphones deals we’ve seen so far is still available – for now, anyway. Right now, you can get the Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Earbuds at their lowest ever price in the US and the UK, but you’ll need to act fast as they’re likely to sell out quickly.
Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds: $229 $168 at Best Buy Save over $61 on the best wireless earbuds of 2020 at Best Buy, which is the lowest price we’ve seen so far for the Sony WF-1000XM3. Featuring industry-leading noise cancellation, brilliant sound, and a fantastic battery life, the Sony WF-1000XM3 have consistently ranked as TechRadar’s favorite pair of wireless earbuds. View Deal
Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds: £220 £149 at Amazon In the UK you can save over £70 on the premium wireless earbuds at Amazon. With excellent active noise cancellation, unbeatable sound quality, and a long-lasting battery, the Sony WF-1000XM3 are a great purchase this Black Friday. View Deal
The Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds are quite simply some of the best earbuds you can buy right now and a perennial favorite here at TechRadar.
Rated highly in both our review and buying guides, they’re a great option for those who want an understated, sleek, feature-packed set of noise-cancelling earbuds that still manage to come in at a reasonable price. While the noise-cancelling might not reach the lofty levels of excellence featured on their Sony WH-1000XM4 over-ear cousins, they still square up to anything offered from the likes of Apple and Bose – and with great battery life to boot.
Prefer over-ear headphones? In the US, you can also get the brilliant Sony WH-1000XM3 for $214.99, saving you $135 – and there’s even a Sony WH-1000XM4 deal to snap up if you want the newest model, with Amazon slashing the price from $349.99 to $278.
There are cheap Sony headphones available too, which means there’s a Black Friday headphones deal out there for every budget – you can find all the best deals below, kicking off with the US. If you’re in the UK, scroll down to find the best Sony headphones deals in your area.
More Sony headphone deals (US)
Sony WH-1000XM4:$349.99 $278 at Amazon Amazon has dropped the price of TechRadar’s top-rated headphones by $72. That’s $20 lower than the Lightning deal found during Prime Day 2020, but you’ll need to be quick if you want to grab the noise-cancelling cans at this price. You may find cheaper headphones on Black Friday, but you won’t find any better than the WH-1000XM4.View Deal
Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones: $349.99 $214.99 at Focus Camera Give your ears a treat with Sony’s excellent, top-of-the-line wireless and noise-cancelling cans, while also saving yourself loads of cash in the process thanks to this top early Black Friday deal from Amazon. View Deal
Sony WI-C310 Wireless Earbuds: $39.99 $18 at Amazon Save over 50% on these Sony wireless earbuds, which come with 15 hours of battery life, inbuilt microphones for making calls, and 9mm drivers for crisp, clear sound.View Deal
Sony WH-XB900N noise-cancelling headphones: $248 $123 at Amazon This is an incredible 50% discount on these bassy headphones from Sony, which come with 30 hours of battery life, intuitive touch controls, and active noise cancellation.
Sony WH-XB700 EXTRA BASS Wireless Headphones: $129.99 $78 at Amazon Looking for something a little cheaper? These Sony cans don’t come with noise cancellation, but they do boast a 30-hour battery life, a compact on-ear design, and built-in Alexa.View Deal
Sony WF-XB700 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds: $129.99 $68 at Amazon Need some cheap wireless earbuds? Check out this fantastic deal from Amazon, which cuts the price of the Sony WF-XB700 by over $61. These sweat / water-resistant buds come with a nine-hour battery life and support for Google Assistant and Alexa.View Deal
More Sony headphone deals (UK)
Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones: £330 £219 at Amazon This isn’t the lowest deal we’ve ever seen, but with over £100 off the original RRP, Amazon is giving you the chance to pick up Sony’s excellent, top-of-the-line wireless and noise-cancelling cans for a fraction of the price. View Deal
Sony WF-XB700 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds: £129 £59 at Currys Need some cheap wireless earbuds? Check out this fantastic deal from Currys, which cuts the price of the Sony WF-XB700 by £70. These sweat / water-resistant buds come with a nine-hour battery life and support for Google Assistant and Alexa.View Deal
Sony WH-CH510 wireless headphones: £50 £29.99 at Amazon If you’re just after a super cheap pair of over-ear headphones, these Sony cans should do just the trick – and they cost even less than usual right now. There’s a £20 price drop on the WH-CH510 headphones right now – with an impressive 35 hours of battery under the hood, quick charge, a mic for quick hands free calls, and even voice assistant compatibility. View Deal
Sony WH-XB900N noise-cancelling headphones: £230 £119.99 at John Lewis With up to 30 hours of battery life, intuitive touch controls and digital noise cancellation, you’re picking up a pretty sophisticated set of headphones for a great price here. The WHXB900Ns are more geared towards bass heads, so if you’re after that thumping low range you’ll be particularly at home here. View Deal
Not in the US or UK? We’ve rounded up the best Sony headphone deals in your region below:
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