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Region reports 58 new COVID-19 cases, no new outbreaks –



Region of Waterloo Public Health reported 58 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday.

The latest update brought the total number of COVID-19 cases in the region up to 11,820 confirmed since last March – with 95 per cent considered resolved.

Active cases in the region have risen by 24 to 301.

21 people are receiving treatment for the virus in hospital, with seven in intensive care.

Here are some other updates from the Waterloo Region’s COVID dashboard:

  • No new outbreaks have been declared.
  • 376 cases have screened positive for variants of concern – 27 are the U.K. strain – lineage to the other 349 has not been determined
  • 11,270 resolved cases (95 per cent)
  • No new deaths were reported, leaving the local death toll at 24.

There are currently 16 active outbreaks in the region:

  • St. Mary’s General Hospital – 3 East Unit
  • St. John Catholic Elementary School (two cases)
  • Riverbend Place Retirement Residence – Third Floor (one staff case)
  • Manufacturing/industrial 31 (four cases)
  • St. Michael Catholic Elementary School (two cases)
  • Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (two cases)
  • Manufacturing/industrial 30 (six cases)
  • Court at Laurelwood Retirement Residence (two cases in residents)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University (three cases)
  • Vista Hills Public School (three cases)
  • Riverbend long-term care (one staff case)
  • St. Luke’s Place long-term care (one staff case)
  • University of Waterloo – (six cases)
  • Forest Heights Long-Term Care (four staff cases)
  • Cambridge Memorial Hospital – Rehabilitation Unit
  • Grand River Hospital – 5 South

Meantime, the province reported 2,448 cases Sunday.

The rest of the provincial COVID-19 totals are posted below:

  • 343,140 total cases
  • 917 people are in hospital – 366 are in intensive care – 217 are on a ventilator
  • 317,408 resolved cases
  • 7,327 deaths (19 new)
  • 50,200 tests completed Saturday – 12.42 million since January 15, 2020
  • 309,285 vaccinations have been completed

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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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