Three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Peterborough city and county, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation were reported Tuesday afternoon by Peterborough Public Health.
Four other cases have been resolved, and five appear to have been transferred to another jurisdiction, leaving 47 active cases for the jurisdiction as of Tuesday, down from 53 on Sunday, the last time the health unit reported numbers.
Five of the active cases are females under 20 and three are males under 20, Public Health Ontario reported Tuesday morning.
There have been 318 cumulative cases since the pandemic began in March, with 266 resolved and five earlier deaths.
The jurisdiction now has a cumulative rate of 215 cases per 100,000 people, less than one fifth of the provincial cumulative average 1,238.8 cases per 100,000 people as of Tuesday.
The health unit is also monitoring 213 people who are considered to be at high risk because of close contact with a confirmed case, down from 222 on Sunday.
There are two outbreaks at local facilities, one at Riverview Manor and the other at Community Living on Romaine Street, which were both declared on Dec. 23.
As of Tuesday, Peterborough Regional Health Centre had two current patients with COVID-19, one in the intensive care unit after being transferred from another hospital and another in an unspecified in-patient unit.
There have now been 13 hospitalizations for COVID-19, three of them in ICU, since the pandemic began in March.
Curve Lake First Nation has between one and four cases, Curve Lake reported Tuesday.
There was still no word Tuesday on when Peterborough will be getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
More than 39,000 residents, or about 26.4 per cent, have been tested at least once for the virus, the health unit also reported Tuesday.
The Northcrest Arena clinic is scheduled to close at noon on Thursday and won’t reopen until Monday. The PRHC clinic will be closed Friday and will reopen Saturday.
Testing by Peterborough Public Health staff can also be arranged in the home by calling 705-743-1000.
Some people can be tested at the Shoppers Drug Mart at High and Lansdowne streets, by appointment. Call 705-748-6141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
This is specifically for people who meet certain criteria:
- Residents or workers in long-term care homes.
- Visitors to a long-term care home.
- Residents or workers in homeless shelters.
- International students who have passed their 14-day quarantine period.
- Farm workers.
- Self-identified Indigenous people.
Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries
Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.
Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver
EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.
Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.
Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.
South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.
Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.
($1 = 1,117.7000 won)
(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum
The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.
Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.
Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.
The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.
The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.
Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.
In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.
Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.
Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.
In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.
Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.
The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.
($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)