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Six new COVID-19 cases reported in Ottawa on Sunday – CTV Edmonton

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OTTAWA —
On a day when Ontario marks a full week of new COVID-19 cases below 100 each day, Ottawa snapped another streak of double-digit increases.

Ontario health officials reported six new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Sunday. There were 79 new cases provincewide. 

No new cases were reported by any other health unit in eastern Ontario.

The news follows four days of double-digit increases in the total case count, an echo of the second half of July, when Ottawa saw between 13 and 43 new cases each day for more than two straight weeks.

Ottawa Public Health will have updated local figures at or around 12:30 p.m.

This is a breaking news story. CTV News Ottawa will bring you the latest as it develops.

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Montreal reports 229 new cases of COVID-19, one more death – CTV News Montreal

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MONTREAL —
Montreal public health reported 229 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in the city since the start of the pandemic to 32,292. 

One more person has died due to the disease in the city, for a total of 3,478. Quebec health officials announced that the death took place sometime between Sept. 18 and 23. Montreal’s data shows it was a person aged 80 and over. 

Montreal North remains the area most impacted by COVID-19, accounting for 2,808 of the city’s cases. Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension and Cote-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace are the runners up with 2,634 cases, 2,589 cases and 2,564 cases respectively. 

As of Friday, there are 26 long-term care homes and public retirement homes with at least one confirmed case of COVID-19. 

Montreal remains “orange” or at the “level 3 warning” stage on Quebec’s regional COVID-19 alert map

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Quebec health minister asks people to avoid gatherings for 28 days as COVID-19 cases surpass 70000 – CTV News Montreal

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MONTREAL —
Quebec’s health minister is insisting for Quebecers to avoid social gatherings for at least 28 days. 

Christian Dube made the announcement at a press conference on Friday after the province surpassed 70,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

“If we do this, I think that it’ll encourage people to understand that, yes, it’s an additional effort that we’re asking you to do, but there’s an end to it,” he said. “It’s for a month, it’s not permanent, we are asking you for one month of efforts to break this second wave.” 

In a news conference on Thursday, Dube specified he’s asking Quebecers to avoid dinners, barbecues, parties, and other such gatherings between people who aren’t part of the same bubble. The measure is an attempt to halt community transmission that public health says is the culprit of Quebec’s recent uptick in cases of COVID-19. 

“We’re saying make a small social effort now,” Dube said. “If we succeed, well, the curve — we will flatten it.” 

If members of the same bubble would like to dine together at a restaurant, they can do so, the government said. 

When pressed about whether restaurants and bars will close once regions begin entering the “red alert” level on the province’s COVID-19 map, public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda said it all depends on where the outbreaks in the province are coming from. If restaurants aren’t presenting a risk, they won’t have to close, Arruda said. 

Quebec health authorities reported 637 new cases of the disease on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 70,307 since the start of the pandemic. 

Friday’s update is the highest number of cases Quebec has reported over a 24-hour period since May 21, when it reported 718. 

Four more people have died in the province, for a total of 5,814. Officials say the deaths took place between Sept. 18 and 23. 

A significant portion of the cases have been recorded in the Montreal region (229, for a total of 32,292), while 132 cases have been recorded in Quebec City (3,483), 17 in the Eastern Townships (1,658), 38 in Chaudiere-Appalaches (1,098), 43 in Laval (6,831), 20 in Outaouais (1,230), 16 in the Laurentians (4,593) and 83 in Monteregie (10,281). 

Dube announced that the entire metropolitan region of Montreal and the MRC Riviere du Nord — including the Saint-Jerome area — are now in the “orange” alert level on the province’s regional COVID-19 alert map.

“The changes in the alert levels demonstrate the seriousness of the situation,” Dube said.

As of Friday, there are 199 people being treated for COVID-19 in Quebec hospitals, which is an increase of 15 from the number reported on Thursday. Of them, 33 people are receiving treatment in the intensive care ward, which is an increase of two over the past 24 hours. 

Quebec reported another 313 recoveries on Friday, bringing the total number of people who’ve recovered from the disease in the province to 60,256 — or 85.7 per cent of the cumulative cases. 

Quebec reported that it completed analyses of 36,060 samples on Sept. 23 (Quebec reports its daily testing figures from two days prior). Health Minister Christian Dube said on Friday that this testing update beat Quebec’s daily record. 

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Public health said last week that only one third of the people it attempted to reach for contact-tracing purposes answered the phone. Citizens were quick to point out that the calls come from a blocked number, which creates confusion and prevents people from calling back. Dube announced on Friday that calls from public health will now be labelled “Sante Publique.” 

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Quebec tops 70,000 coronavirus cases as province reports 637 new infections – Global News

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada has inked a deal to obtain up to 20 million doses of another coronavirus vaccine candidate.

The vaccine is being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

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It’s one of several potential vaccines that the government has signed deals to procure in the event they are successful.

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Agreements were previously reached with major pharmaceutical companies including Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax.

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“Canadians must have access to a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 as quickly as possible, no matter where it was developed,” Trudeau said during a press conference in Ottawa on Friday.






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Trudeau also announced that Canada is joining an international coalition on vaccine distribution.

Canada will contribute $440 million toward the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility, known as COVAX.

Canada is joining both parts of the initiative: one which secures access to millions of doses of vaccines for Canada, and the other which has wealthier nations pooling their funds to help lower and middle-income countries secure doses as well.

The deal will give Canada the option to buy up to 15 million doses, Trudeau said.

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Joining the program will allow Canada to help ensure the successful vaccine is distributed “quickly and fairly” around the world, according to the prime minister.

“This pandemic cannot be solved by any one country alone because to eliminate the virus anywhere, we need to eliminate it everywhere,” he said.

–With files from The Canadian Press

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