Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World Monday

Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World Monday

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Students from Alberta and British Columbia return to class on Monday after a long vacation.

The question of when students should return to class and under what conditions has been the subject of debate across the country as provinces and territories shift plans in the face of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

Rapid tests and medical-grade masks will be distributed to schools in Alberta, provincial officials said, with all schools expected to receive their initial shipment by the end of this week.

“Rapid tests and masks will be shipped in phases,” said one declaration issued by the province last week.

Edmonton Public Schools and the Alberta Teachers’ Association have expressed concern that supplies will not be available to everyone immediately, saying this could further exacerbate the flash spread of Omicron cases.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Alberta, said the return to in-person learning is important for the mental well-being of students.

In British ColumbiaEducation Minister Jennifer Whiteside said security measures will include virtual gatherings, visitor restrictions, staggered break times and access to three-layer masks as schools navigate this wave of COVID-19. School attendance will be monitored and an unusual drop will trigger a public health response, which may include investigation, the use of rapid tests or a temporary change in the way students learn, she said.

“To help effective information sharing, parents are encouraged to report the results of rapid tests to public health and to ensure that they contact the school if their child is staying home due to illness,” she declared.

Teri Mooring, head of the BC Teachers’ Federation, said she would like teachers to be prioritized for COVID-19 booster shots and N95 masks, which should be available for use in schools. Improved masking, the use of HEPA filters and ensuring teachers have their third shot will help schools stay open, she said.

The province – which had allowed some children of essential workers and disabled learners to return to classrooms last week – has warned that there could be functional closures due to staff illness and that the notices of COVID-19 exposure will no longer be sent unless there are significant drops in the meantime.

Alberta and British Columbia health officials are expected to provide updated COVID-19 data later Monday.

-From the Canadian Press and CBC News, last updated 8:05 am ET

What’s happening across Canada

WATCH | Ontario First Nation Receives Military Aid After Half the Community Contracts COVID-19:

Ontario First Nation receives military aid after half of community contracts COVID-19

The chief of Bearskin Lake First Nation in northern Ontario calls for more support from the Canadian government amid a COVID-19 outbreak that has affected at least half of residents. Four Canadian Rangers are working in the community and four more have been promised. 1:59

With a deeply strained and increasingly constrained laboratory testing capacity, experts say the actual number of cases is likely much higher than reported. Regional hospitalization data is also changing, with several provinces saying they will report numbers that separate the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 from those hospitalized for another medical condition who also test positive for COVID-19. .

For more information on what’s going on in your community, including details on outbreaks, testing capacity, and local restrictions, click on the regional coverage below.

You can also read more about the Public Health Agency of Canada, which provides a detailed overview of each region including seven-day mean test positivity rates in his daily epidemiological updates.

In Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick Sunday reported one more death and 79 hospitalizations due to COVID-19, including 16 in intensive care. The update came as the province recorded 201 additional laboratory-confirmed cases.

Newfoundland and Labrador Sunday, reported six hospitalizations due to COVID-19. The province, which has reported no additional deaths, has recorded an additional 367 laboratory-confirmed cases.

New Scotland and Prince Edward Island did not provide updated information on Sunday.

In central Canada, Quebec saw a sharp increase in COVID-19-related hospitalizations on Sunday, while numbers remained high in Ontario. Quebec reported 23 more deaths on Sunday, with 2,436 hospitalizations – an increase of 140 cases from the previous day. The province, which has reported just over 11,000 additional lab-confirmed cases, said 257 people were in intensive care.

Ontario, meanwhile, reported 20 more deaths on Sunday. Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter that there were 2,419 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 412 in intensive care units across the province. Elliott also reported an additional 11,959 laboratory-confirmed cases.

In the Prairies, Manitoba is expected to report updated COVID-19 data later Monday.

The number of patients with COVID-19 in Saskatchewan the number of hospitals rose to 119 on Sunday, with no additional deaths reported. The province, which reported 13 cases in intensive care on Sunday, has recorded an additional 1,099 laboratory-confirmed cases.

WATCH | As COVID-19-related hospitalizations skyrocket, Saskatchewan has started tracking and reporting separately patients admitted with virus-related illness and those admitted for other reasons:

Sask. changes the way hospitalizations are reported amid influx of patients

As COVID-19-related hospitalizations skyrocket, Saskatchewan has started tracking and reporting separately patients admitted with virus-related illness and those admitted for other reasons. 2:01

Across the North, regional officials of yukonese, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are expected to provide updated COVID-19 data covering the weekend later Monday.

-From the Canadian Press and CBC News, last updated 8:05 am ET

What is happening in the world

A group of young students wearing face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are attending their first class on Monday after the Christmas holidays at Luis Amigo School in Pamplona, ​​Spain. (Alvaro Barrientos / The Associated Press)

As of Monday morning, around 307.2 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkin University case tracker. The death toll worldwide stood at more than 5.4 million.

In Europe, Britain’s Prime Minister plans to reduce isolation periods to five days, as the country puts its largest private healthcare companies on high alert to provide crucial treatments, such as cancer surgery, if Omicron overwhelms public hospitals.

In the Asia Pacific region, India has started giving vaccine boosters to frontline workers and vulnerable elderly people, as Omicron has fueled a rapid increase in cases.

The Chinese city of Tianjin has tightened exit controls and is asking residents to seek approval from employers or community authorities before leaving the city to block the spread of Omicron.

In Africa, Health officials in South Africa – one of the first countries to sound the alarm bells about the Omicron variant – on Sunday reported 82 deaths and 4,482 more cases of COVID-19.

In the Americas, Mexico hit a record for daily infections over the weekend and its official death toll rose to 300,334 on Sunday, while Brazil’s climbed to 619,981.

Meanwhile, in the United States, Chicago school leaders canceled class on a fourth day in the nation’s third largest district because negotiations with the teachers’ union over distance learning and other COVID-19 security protocols did not come to an agreement over the weekend.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez said Sunday evening in a joint statement that there had not been “sufficient progress” in talks to resume in-person classes on Monday, extending disruptions in a second school week. But they vowed that the negotiations would continue “all night”.

The contentious issues included tests and measures to close schools. The Chicago Teachers Union is keen to have the option to revert to district-wide distance education, and most members have refused to teach in person until there is an agreement or the last. COVID-19 peak is easing. But Chicago leaders reject district-wide distance learning, saying it’s detrimental to students and schools are safe. Instead, Chicago chose to cancel classes as a whole, two days after the students returned from winter vacation.

In the Middle East, Iranian health authorities on Monday reported 37 additional deaths and 1,932 new cases.

-From Reuters, The Associated Press and CBC News, latest update 8:05 am ET

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