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Tesla to begin delivering China-built Model 3 cars next week – TechCrunch



Tesla will start making the first deliveries of its Shanghai-built Model 3 sedans on Monday, Bloomberg reports. The cars are rolling off the assembly line at the new Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory, which is operational but which will also be expanding in future thanks to a fresh $1.4 billion injection in local funding reported earlier this week.

The Shanghai gigafactory’s construction only began earlier this year, and its turnaround time in terms of construction and actually producing vehicles is impressive. The Model 3 vehicles built in China will provide a price break vs. imported vehicles, since cars made in-country enjoy exemption from a 10% tax applied to imported cars. Tesla Model 3s build in China will also get a government purchase incentive of as much as $3,600 per car, which should drive even higher sales.

Tesla’s Shanghai factory is its first manufacturing facility outside of the country, though there’s also a gigafactory in the works in Germany just outside of Berlin, and Tesla has teased plans for at least a fifth gigafactory with a location to be revealed later.

Tesla’s production capacity in Shanghai probably isn’t ver high-volume to begin with, although the company has said previously it was targeting a production rate of around 1,000 cars per week by year’s end, with potential to ramp up to around 3,000 cars per week. Tax breaks and incentives have helped demand for the Model 3 in China grow significantly in 2019, so any progress on production in-country is bound to help lift global vehicle sales.

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COVID-19 in Ottawa: Fast Facts for Jan. 17, 2021 – CTV News Ottawa



Good morning. Here is the latest news on COVID-19 and its impact on Ottawa.

Fast Facts:

  • Ottawa is continuing to see a rise in the number of people currently sick with COVID-19.
  • Ontario has extended its emergency orders for another month as cases surge across the province.
  • A new survey suggests seven out of 10 Canadians support barring unvaccinated people from businesses.

COVID-19 by the numbers in Ottawa (Ottawa Public Health data):

  • New cases: 136 new cases on Saturday
  • Total COVID-19 cases: 12,163
  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 88.9
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa: 4.1 per cent (Jan. 8 – Jan. 14
  • Reproduction Number: 1.01 (seven day average)


Who should get a test?

Ottawa Public Health says there are five reasons to seek testing for COVID-19:

  • You are showing COVID-19 symptoms. OR
  • You have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by Ottawa Public Health or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app. OR
  • You are a resident or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by Ottawa Public Health. OR
  • You are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care OR
  • You have traveled to the UK, or have come into contact with someone who recently traveled to the UK, please go get tested immediately (even if you have no symptoms).

Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa:

There are several sites for COVID-19 testing in Ottawa. To book an appointment, visit

The Brewer Ottawa Hospital/CHEO Assessment Centre

Open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Drive-thru assessment centre at National Arts Centre: Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Moodie Care and Testing Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Heron Care and Testing Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ray Friel Care and Testing Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The COVID-19 Assessment Centre at McNabb Community Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Classic Symptoms: fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath

Other symptoms: sore throat, difficulty swallow, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pneumonia, new or unexplained runny nose or nasal congestion

Less common symptoms: unexplained fatigue, muscle aches, headache, delirium, chills, red/inflamed eyes, croup

The number of people in Ottawa with current active cases of COVID-19 is continuing its meteoric rise, as it reached another record-high watermark on Saturday.

Ottawa Public Health says there are 1,286 people in the city with known active cases, surpassing Friday’s record high of 1,261. 

Four more people were admitted to local hospitals with COVID-19 complications, for a total of 40, a quarter of whom are in intensive care. The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 has nearly quadrupled since Jan. 1, when there were 11 people hospitalized with COVID-19.

The weekly trend of new cases per 100,000 residents fell slightly in Saturday’s report to below 90, however the testing positivity rate remains above 4 per cent.

OPH reported 136 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths, and 111 new recoveries on Saturday.

The provincial government has extended nearly all emergency orders under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) for an additional 30 days.

The government made the announcement on Saturday morning, saying the extension of most orders under the ROA will help to “preserve our health care capacity and protect Ontarians until everyone can be vaccinated.”

The orders under the ROA, which must be renewed every 30 days, have been extended until Feb. 19.

Orders under the ROA include the province’s ability to implement rules on public gatherings, business closures and managing outbreaks in hospitals or long-term care homes.

Stay-at-home order

A new Nanos survey suggests that more than seven in 10 Canadians support or somewhat support barring those who don’t have proof of vaccination from businesses where people are in close contact.

The survey, conducted by Nanos Research in December 2020 and commissioned by CTV News, asked more than 1,000 Canadians 18 years of age and older if they would support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or oppose businesses (like airlines or movie theatres, where people are in close contact) having the right to bar a customer who does not have proof of vaccination.

Forty-five per cent of Canadians surveyed said they support the idea, 27 per cent said they somewhat support it, eight per cent said they somewhat oppose the idea, 16 per cent said they oppose it, and four per cent said they were unsure.

However, it’s unclear whether any formal proof of vaccination will be made widely available, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he opposes the idea of a ‘vaccine passport’ in Canada.

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Some N.S. restaurants adopt 'high-tech' contact tracing –



Some restaurants in Nova Scotia are adopting a new system of contact tracing after 10 months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Collecting contact information at restaurants became mandatory in Nova Scotia in late November, meaning restaurants have had to write down the names and phone numbers of everyone who has visited as a way to trace possible exposures.

Now, there’s a better alternative to pen and paper, according to the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia.

“It’s definitely the high-tech version, for sure,” Gordon Stewart, the executive director of RANS, told CBC’s Mainstreet on Friday.

Gordon Stewart, the executive director of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia, says this new system allows restaurants to provide more accurate information to the Department of Health, which can start contact tracing immediately. (CBC)

“It’s very simple, it’s fast, it’s in a secure database — the restaurants don’t have to worry about managing the data or holding on to it or releasing the data. The Department of Public Health people have direct access to the database.”

SimplyCast, a communication platform company based in Dartmouth, N.S., developed software that allows restaurants to collect information from customers through a single text message.

Restaurants that sign up for the system will be provided a keyword that patrons will use to submit their name and phone number into a database.

When they enter a participating restaurant, patrons will be asked to send the keyword via text message. They will then receive a confirmation code to show to the host before they can enter.

“This actually logs their visit in a report that can be exported as needed for the specific time stamp,” said Alissa MacDougall, the content manager for SimplyCast.

Restaurants and bars in the Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County recently reopened to dine-in service after more than a month of restrictions brought on by multiple COVID-19 exposures.

Now, all restaurants in the province may open for dine-in service but must close by 11 p.m.

MacDougall said anyone who doesn’t have a mobile device will still be able to submit their information online using a computer or tablet provided by the restaurant.

Mainstreet NS9:31‘High-tech’ contact tracing coming to some Nova Scotia restaurants

The Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia has adopted a service that gets customers to text a number when they eat in restaurants to help with contact tracing. Executive Director Gordon Stewart told host Jeff Douglas how it works. 9:31

Stewart said this new system allows restaurants to provide more accurate information to the Department of Health, which can start contact tracing immediately.

“The challenge with tracing right now is it takes a long time,” Stewart said. 

“So if you went to a restaurant a month ago and they gave you a bunch of paper with names and numbers on it, it’s pretty hard to go through that, whereas you could take an automatic database, line it up and and you’re away to the races right away.”

The system launched earlier this week. Stewart said he’s still waiting for information about what restaurants have signed up for the service.


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Coronavirus: Pfizer to resume vaccine shipments to EU within 2 weeks, but no change yet for Canada – Global News



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  1. Coronavirus: Pfizer to resume vaccine shipments to EU within 2 weeks, but no change yet for Canada  Global News
  2. Ontario allows second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to be delayed amid shortage  CP24 Toronto’s Breaking News
  3. No change to Canada’s Pfizer vaccine shipments as company restores European supply  Calgary Herald
  4. Pfizer to resume COVID-19 vaccine shipments to EU within two weeks but Canada says no changes yet  Global News
  5. Provinces Tweak Vaccine Plans As Minister Urges Pfizer To Speed Up Shipments  HuffPost Canada
  6. View Full coverage on Google News

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