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KEY FACTS

  • 7:30 a.m. Quebecers aged 45 and up at the moment are eligible to e-book an appointment for a vaccine

  • 6:06 a.m.: Ontario opens COVID-19 vaccine bookings to hot-spot residents 18 and older

  • 6 a.m.: Canada to obtain 2M vaccine doses this week from Pfizer

The newest coronavirus information from Canada and all over the world Monday. Net hyperlinks to longer tales if obtainable.

9:32 a.m. (up to date) All residents 18 and older in Toronto scorching spots at the moment are eligible to e-book appointments at city-run clinics. Bookings could be made at http://toronto.ca/COVID-19 or by calling 1-833-943-3900.

Some customers of the reserving website are reporting greater than hour wait time to e-book an appointment, with tens of hundreds of customers within the queue. Others are saying they aren’t seeing updates to the http://Covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine website; those that modified browsers or cleared their cache appeared to have success after that.

Some are saying they’ve gotten by the road however their well being card has been flagged as invalid.

“Attempting for my gf…18-39, hotspot space….We had been in queue earlier than 8, bought by to the well being card information part and it was saying the well being card is invalid despite the fact that the handle was up to date…Additionally ready on maintain to talk to a rep,” tweeted Riaz Charania.

Toronto Public Well being says they’re at the moment experiencing a better than ordinary name quantity on their hotline and thanked the general public for his or her persistence. “As a reminder, TPH employees would not have entry to the provincial reserving system & can not e-book vaccine appointments over the telephone.”

What others are saying concerning the reserving course of:

“I used to be within the digital line by 7:40-something, and am now booked in. Conference Centre was booked out so far as I might see so I selected one thing else,” Kasia Mychajlowycz tweeted.

“Success!! The primary 5 places advised are all totally booked (North York places) however loads of spots in Etobicoke. Curiously, you e-book your 1st and 2nd dose appts.” Diana Rose tweeted.

“Can’t something be launched with out glitches or typos? Lol I’m alleged to interpret “45-39” to be “18-39”. Now I’m 83,101 within the queue. #setback #typo #toronto #vaccines #hotspot,” tweeted Maxine Gundermann.

“I went on-line this morning to the provincial reserving web site as directed. There is no such thing as a choice to e-book a vaccine for 18+ in scorching spots. Feeling annoyed @joe_cressy @JohnTory,” tweeted Lauren Malatesta.

“we had associates who bought in earlier than 8am, booked efficiently and helped e-book 5 further associates who had been ready in line im holding my spot in line to do the identical for any associates who missed getting on at 8!,” tweeted @ackristen.

This week and subsequent, the province will ship half of its vaccine provide to the recent spots, primarily based on suggestions from the federal government’s science advisers.

Adults in some hot-spot neighbourhoods had already been capable of make vaccine appointments, however not by the province’s on-line reserving portal.

Eligibility expands additional throughout Ontario on Thursday, when on-line bookings speak in confidence to residents aged 50 and over.

9:18 a.m. U.S. biotech firm Moderna will present as much as 500 million doses for the U.N.-backed program to ship coronavirus vaccines to needy folks in low- and middle-income international locations, however shipments will not start till the fourth quarter, the corporate and program leaders mentioned Monday.

The advance buy settlement from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, comes simply days after the World Well being Group introduced emergency approval of the Moderna vaccine that paves the best way for its inclusion within the U.N.-backed COVAX program.

Gavi, a Geneva-based public-private partnership, has been scrambling to attempt to strike offers with vaccine makers similtaneously making an attempt to steer wealthy international locations which have secured hundreds of thousands of doses — a few of which they are not even utilizing — to donate them to poorer ones.

Additionally Monday, the alliance introduced that Sweden’s authorities has dedicated to donate 1 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine “to assist COVAX urgently handle immediate-term provide delays.”

Moderna has already struck, and been delivering on, provide agreements with many wealthy international locations, which have acquired hundreds of thousands of doses of its vaccine. The World Well being Group has repeatedly decried an absence of fairness in entry to COVID-19 vaccines.

8 a.m. Cafes and eating places reopened in Greece on Monday for sit-down service for the primary time in almost six months, because the nation started easing coronavirus-related restrictions with a view to opening the very important tourism trade in the summertime.

Cafes, eating places and bars, which had been shut to all however takeout and supply providers when lockdown-type measures had been imposed in early November, reopened for outside seated service solely. Tables are set a sure distance aside to take care of social distancing, whereas standing clients and music aren’t allowed.

The reopening comes on a nationwide vacation, the day after Orthodox Easter, and many individuals took benefit of the unseasonably heat climate to move to sidewalk cafes.

A most of six clients are allowed per desk, whereas employees should perform obligatory coronavirus residence self-tests. A nightly curfew that was in drive from 9 p.m. is being pushed again to 11 p.m. as of Monday, with bars, eating places and cafes allowed to stay open till quarter-hour earlier than curfew.

In latest weeks, the curfew had been largely ignored, with bars and cafes serving drinks for takeout, and crowds of shoppers forming outdoors, standing on sidewalks and in close by condo entrances.

Greece has been progressively easing restrictions regardless of stubbornly excessive an infection charges and hospitalizations which have strained its well being system. The nation of about 11 million folks has seen almost 10,500 deaths and 346,500 confirmed instances because the begin of the pandemic, in line with the newest figures obtainable from Saturday.

7:45 a.m. Issues are rising of a coronavirus outbreak at a sprawling camp in northeast Syria that homes tens of hundreds of refugees, together with households and supporters of the Islamic State group, a Kurdish official mentioned Monday.

At the very least two folks on the al-Hol camp have died of COVID-19 prior to now few weeks and 19 who examined constructive for the virus are at the moment in isolation, in line with Jaber Mustafa, an administrator on the crowded facility. The camp is residence to some 60,000 folks, lots of them international nationals. Coronavirus instances have surged in northeast Syria because the starting of the 12 months.

In an interview Saturday, Mustafa advised The Related Press that it has been troublesome to regulate and administer the camp amid the unfold of coronavirus and a wave of violence and crime that prevailed prior to now months and left dozens of individuals lifeless within the facility. He additionally mentioned safety has dramatically improved since a sweep final month that netted extremists and their sleeper cells.

“A lot of the residents are youngsters and girls who transfer rather a lot between tents,” Mustafa mentioned of his considerations for contagion, including that the safety state of affairs has sophisticated entry by help teams.

In late March, the principle U.S.-backed Kurdish-led drive that runs this nook of northeast Syria launched a five-day sweep inside al-Hol that was assisted by U.S. forces. At the very least 125 suspects had been arrested. Since then, Mustafa mentioned safety has improved and just one killing and one tried killing have taken place.

“The safety and humanitarian marketing campaign succeeded at a degree of about 85% and lowered crime and introduced stability and safety,” Mustafa mentioned. He mentioned that help teams at the moment are lively once more contained in the camp that consists of hundreds of tents.

Nearly all of al-Hol’s residents are Iraqis and Syrians, but it surely consists of some 10,000 foreigners from 57 different international locations, housed in a extremely secured separate space often known as the Annex. Most of the camp’s residents stay die-hard IS supporters.

Many international locations have been refusing to repatriate their residents who got here from all over the world to hitch IS after the extremists declared their so-called caliphate in 2014. The group was defeated in 2017, however the resident of al-Hol proceed to languish within the camp however few international locations have accepted to take again their residents, fearing their hyperlinks to IS.

7:37 a.m. 1,204,543 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered thus far in Toronto.

7:30 a.m. Quebecers aged 45 and up at the moment are eligible to e-book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The province introduced final week that it’s progressively widening vaccine entry to the remainder of the overall inhabitants in descending order of age.

Quebecers aged 50 and up turned eligible late final week, and the minimal age restrict was lowered by 5 years on Sunday afternoon.

The province says all grownup Quebecers will have the ability to register for vaccines by Might 14 and obtain their first pictures by June 24.

Most major college college students within the Quebec Metropolis and Chaudiere-Appalaches areas are additionally returning to class immediately after a number of weeks of on-line studying.

Premier Francois Legault mentioned final week that the variety of COVID-19 instances and hospitalizations had additionally stabilized sufficient to push again the curfew within the Montreal and Laval areas from 8 p.m. to 9:30 beginning immediately.

7:15 a.m. Toronto Public Well being is investigating COVID-19 instances linked to a quarantine resort close to Toronto Pearson Worldwide Airport.

The native well being authority confirmed to the Star on Sunday morning that the instances are related to the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport, which is a ten minute drive from the airport.

Canada’s quarantine guidelines for worldwide air travellers require incoming passengers to e-book three nights in one among 18 authorised resorts in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver, and to remain there till they get the outcomes of a COVID-19 check that they take upon arrival.

These with unfavorable check outcomes can proceed their 14-day quarantine at residence.

“We’ve got assigned employees to provoke an investigation and to work with the ability to determine all instances, and evaluate and advise on all applicable public well being measures and an infection prevention and management measures,” Dr. Vinita Dubey, town’s affiliate medical officer of well being, mentioned in an announcement.

Toronto Public Well being didn’t disclose what number of confirmed instances are related to the resort.

Learn the complete story from the Star’s Rhythm Sachdeva

7:06 a.m. A photograph of a nationwide volleyball staff member who was advised to cease practising on a Toronto seaside drew sturdy reactions on social media this weekend, renewing the talk over COVID-19 restrictions on outside sports activities amenities.

Sophie Bukovec is seen speaking to a Toronto police officer at Woodbine Seaside within the picture posted to Twitter on Saturday by Canadian Press photojournalist Frank Gunn.

This got here on the primary day of ActiveTO, a metropolis program by which streets are closed to visitors to permit folks to stroll, run and bike whereas staying bodily distanced.

Gunn mentioned the seaside was 50 metres away from Lake Shore Boulevard, the place eastbound lanes had been open between Leslie Road and Woodbine Avenue for ActiveTO.

Toronto police Const. Laura Brabant mentioned the officer defined that sports activities amenities in Toronto had been closed because of well being restrictions and no ticket was issued.

The incident reignited a fierce dialog over whether or not outside actions must be banned throughout Ontario’s provincewide lockdown to fight the third wave of COVID-19.

Learn the complete story from the Star’s Cheyenne Bholla

6:11 a.m.: On a Tuesday morning final September, shortly earlier than Ontario colleges reopened, Kingston instructor James Griffith posted a photograph of his packed highschool classroom on Twitter.

“I managed to squeeze in 34 desks. There’s no distancing,” Griffith tweeted. “However (Premier Doug Ford and Schooling Minister Stephen Lecce) say we have now the ‘greatest plan within the nation’ and the ‘lowest class sizes’. Uh huh.”

Inside hours, the tweet, which included the hashtag #FireLecce, got here to the eye of deputy training minister Nancy Naylor’s workplace.

Naylor’s government assistant, Vanessa Bennett, requested employees to contact the director of training for the native college board to search out out extra about Griffith’s claims, inner ministry emails obtained by the Star present. The ministry needed to get forward of attainable information protection.

“Apparently educator will likely be on media later immediately so we might want to hear again ASAP on this one,” Bennett wrote.

Seven months later, Ontario’s lecture rooms are closed indefinitely within the midst of a brutal third wave. With the province’s method to highschool security now beneath renewed scrutiny, the interior emails provide a glimpse into how ministry officers responded to considerations that had been raised on the bottom concerning the back-to-school plan.

Whereas within the days and weeks that adopted there have been no COVID instances in Griffith’s class or at his college, there have been in different colleges throughout the province the place the federal government departed from its earlier public well being suggestions by permitting giant courses. Critics say the emails present that, when dealing with public blowback, officers labored behind the scenes to attenuate dangerous press.

Learn the complete story from the Star’s Rachel Mendleson right here.

6:08 a.m.: Some nurses in Japan are incensed at a request from Tokyo Olympic organizers to have 500 of them dispatched to assist out with the Video games. They are saying they’re already close to the breaking level coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

Olympic officers have mentioned they’ll want 10,000 medical employees to employees the video games, and the request for extra nurses comes amid a brand new spike within the virus with Tokyo and Osaka beneath a state of emergency.

“Past feeling anger, I used to be surprised on the insensitivity,” Mikito Ikeda, a nurse in Nagoya in central Japan, advised the Related Press. “It exhibits how human life is being taken flippantly.”

The enchantment for extra nurses is typical of the impromptu adjustments coming nearly day by day as organizers and the Worldwide Olympic Committee attempt to pull off the video games within the midst of a pandemic.

The Olympics are set to open in slightly below three months, entailing the entry into Japan — the place worldwide borders have been nearly sealed for a 12 months — of 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hundreds of different officers, judges, sponsors, media and broadcasters.

In an announcement from the Japan Federation of Medical Staff’ Unions, secretary common Susumu Morita mentioned the main target must be on the pandemic, not the Olympics.

“We should undoubtedly cease the proposal to ship as Olympic volunteers these nurses, tasked with defending the battle towards the intense coronavirus pandemic,” Morita mentioned.

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“I’m extraordinarily infuriated by the insistence of pursuing the Olympics regardless of the danger to sufferers’ and nurses’ well being and lives.”

A protest message saying that nurses had been against holding the Olympics went viral on Japanese Twitter just lately, being retweeted a whole lot of hundreds of instances.

6:07 a.m.: India recorded 368,147 new coronavirus instances on Monday, together with 3,417 deaths, as a catastrophic surge ripples by the nation.

The newest numbers got here after leaders of 13 opposition events penned a letter to induce the federal government to launch a free vaccination drive in addition to guarantee uninterrupted movement of oxygen to all hospitals.

A number of hospital authorities over the weekend sought court docket intervention over oxygen provides in New Delhi, the place a lockdown has been prolonged by every week to comprise the wave of infections. The New Delhi Excessive Courtroom mentioned it might begin punishing authorities officers if provides of oxygen allotted to hospitals weren’t delivered.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities has been severely criticized over the dealing with of the surge, which has pushed India’s already fragile and underfunded well being system to the brink. Huge election rallies organized by the BJP and different events in addition to an enormous Hindu pageant on the banks of the Ganges could have exacerbated the unfold, specialists mentioned, including that new variants is also rising instances.

India has confirmed 19.9 million instances of an infection because the begin of the pandemic, behind solely the U.S., which counts greater than 32.4 million. Greater than 218,000 folks in India have died from COVID-19, in line with the well being ministry. Each figures are regarded as huge undercounts.

India opened its vaccination marketing campaign to folks ages 18-44 on Saturday, a mammoth process being undermined by restricted provides. India is the world’s greatest producer of vaccines, however even the continued effort to inoculate folks above 45 is stuttering. Since January, 10% of Indians have acquired one dose, however solely round 1.5% have acquired each required doses.

6:07 a.m.: Australia has expanded its coronavirus vaccine eligibility to incorporate all folks 50 and older.

Till Monday, eligibility had been restricted, generally, to folks 70 and older, in addition to these with front-line jobs or medical circumstances.

Well being authorities say AstraZeneca pictures for these 50 and older will likely be obtainable instantly at particular clinics, though folks must wait one other couple of weeks earlier than they’ll get the pictures on the clinics of their common medical doctors.

Australia’s vaccine rollout has been working far not on time, partly as a result of Europe briefly blocked some vaccine exports. About 2.3 million vaccine doses have been administered amongst Australia’s inhabitants of 26 million.

6:06 a.m.: Ontario is making good on its promise to develop COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, opening its provincial reserving portal immediately to hot-spot residents aged 18 and older.

Adults dwelling within the 114 particular postal codes designated as scorching spots can begin reserving their pictures at 8 a.m.

This week and subsequent, the province will ship half of its vaccine provide to the recent spots, primarily based on suggestions from the federal government’s scientific advisers.

Adults in some hot-spot neighbourhoods had already been capable of make vaccine appointments, however not by the province’s on-line reserving portal.

Eligibility expands additional throughout Ontario on Thursday, when on-line bookings speak in confidence to residents aged 50 and over.

Folks with high-risk well being circumstances and a few teams of people that cannot earn a living from home will even turn into eligible.

Ontario has mentioned it expects everybody aged 18 and over to have the ability to e-book a vaccine by the tip of Might.

6:06 a.m.: Quebecers aged 45 and up at the moment are eligible to e-book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The province introduced final week that it’s progressively widening vaccine entry to the remainder of the overall inhabitants in descending order of age.

Quebecers aged 50 and up turned eligible late final week, and the minimal age restrict was lowered by 5 years on Sunday afternoon.

The province says all grownup Quebecers will have the ability to register for vaccines by Might 14 and obtain their first pictures by June 24.

Most major college college students within the Quebec Metropolis and Chaudiere-Appalaches areas are additionally returning to class immediately after a number of weeks of on-line studying.

Premier François Legault mentioned final week that the variety of COVID-19 instances and hospitalizations had additionally stabilized sufficient to push again the curfew within the Montreal and Laval areas from 8 p.m. to 9:30 beginning immediately.

6:05 a.m.: Damaged isolation guidelines, shared cigarettes and concern of prolonged isolation durations are a few of the findings in a report that sheds gentle on how Nunavut’s first instances of COVID-19 immediately appeared final November.

For eight months, whereas outbreaks erupted throughout the nation, Nunavut remained freed from an infection, aside from some instances amongst mine employees from outdoors the territory.

That was partly as a result of Nunavut has a few of the tightest public well being measures within the nation. In March 2020, the territory restricted journey to residents solely and required anybody who left to finish a 14-day isolation interval in a resort outdoors Nunavut earlier than returning.

However well being officers repeatedly warned that it was not a matter of if, however when COVID-19 would present up.

On Nov. 6, 2020, Nunavut reported its first case of the novel coronavirus in Sanikiluaq, a Hudson Bay neighborhood of about 850 folks. It quickly appeared in different communities, together with Arviat, the place an outbreak swelled to 339 instances locally of about 2,800.

Well being officers confirmed the primary instances got here from Nunavummiut who had accomplished 14 days of isolation down south, however there have been no additional particulars.

Learn the complete story from the Canadian Press right here.

6:04 a.m.: The trial of an Alberta pastor accused of not following public well being orders meant to curb the unfold of COVID-19 is to start immediately.

Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church spent a month in jail for violating a bail situation to not maintain church providers that officers have mentioned ignored measures on capability limits, bodily distancing and masking.

He was launched March 22 after pleading responsible and was fined $1,500.

The pastor and the Edmonton-area church nonetheless face one cost of violating Alberta’s Public Well being Act.

Attorneys for Coates have mentioned they’ll argue that the provincial authorities must be held accountable for COVID-19 guidelines that the attorneys say infringe on the constitutional proper to freedom of faith and peaceable meeting.

Alberta Well being Companies has mentioned GraceLife and its pastor continued to carry providers exceeding capability regardless of the fees and a number of warnings.

The church was shut down and fenced off by well being officers in early April.

The trial in Edmonton provincial court docket is anticipated to final three to 4 days.

6 a.m.: Canada is ready to start receiving greater than 2 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine every week as the 2 pharmaceutical companies ramp up their deliveries and start delivery pictures from the US.

Pfizer and BioNTech have been persistently delivering round 1 million doses from Brussels every week since mid-March, however these numbers will double over the following month earlier than rising additional in June.

This week’s doses will even be the primary to reach from Pfizer’s plant in Kalamazoo, Mich., after the U.S. authorities beforehand restricted vaccine exports to inoculate its personal residents.

There was no quick phrase, nonetheless, on progress in talks with the U.S. over the availability of extra doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which is in excessive demand throughout the nation.

Federal Public Service and Procurement Minister Anita Anand mentioned on Friday that Ottawa was “being very aggressive, particularly with the provider.”

4 a.m.: In Canada, the provinces are reporting 173,101 new vaccinations administered for a complete of 13,825,476 doses given. Nationwide, 1,128,778 folks or 3.0 per cent of the inhabitants has been totally vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a fee of 36,479.524 per 100,000.

There have been no new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a complete of 14,862,134 doses delivered up to now. The provinces and territories have used 93.02 per cent of their obtainable vaccine provide.

4 a.m.: The newest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 instances in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Monday Might 3, 2021.

There are 1,234,180 confirmed instances in Canada (83,744 lively, 1,126,136 resolved, 24,300 deaths).

There have been 7,147 new instances Sunday. The speed of lively instances is 220.35 per 100,000 folks. Over the previous seven days, there have been a complete of 53,466 new instances. The seven-day rolling common of latest instances is 7,638.

There have been 39 new reported deaths Sunday. Over the previous seven days there have been a complete of 321 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling common of latest reported deaths is 46. The seven-day rolling common of the loss of life fee is 0.12 per 100,000 folks. The general loss of life fee is 63.94 per 100,000 folks.

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