January 20, 2021

Today’s corona virus news: 2,005 new cases, 18 deaths in Ontario; EU launches COVID-19 vaccine campaign

Key facts

  • 10:15 am: 2,005 new cases and 18 deaths have been reported in Ontario

  • 8:45 am: EU launches COVID-19 vaccine campaign

Latest Corona virus Sunday news from Canada and around the world. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links for longer stories if available.

10:15 am: COVID-19 reported 2,005 cases in Ontario on Sunday. Domestically, there are 572 cases in Toronto, 331 in Peel, 207 in the York region and 140 in Windsor-Essex County. Eighteen deaths were reported on Sunday.

Health Minister Christine Elliott has tweeted that the number of tests completed between December 24 and 26 has been delayed and will be available soon.

8:46 am: Unemployment benefits for millions of Americans ended overnight as President Donald Trump refused to sign the year-end COVID relief and spending bill, which was considered a deal before his abrupt objections.

The fate of the bipartisan coalition lasted Sunday as Trump continued to demand major COVID relief checks and complained about the cost of “pork”. Without the widespread funding provided by the massive operation, the government’s shutdown will occur when the money goes out at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

“It’s a game of chess, we’re soldiers,” said Lonetris Hines, a self-employed single mother of three in South Bend, Indiana, who lost 9,129 unemployment benefits each week as she signed into law on the Trump package or in search of his impossible changes.

Washington has been embroiled in controversy since Trump directed the deal, after it received overwhelming approval from both houses of Congress and Trump promised White House Republican leaders that he would support it.

Instead, he confirmed the bill’s plan to issue CO 600 COVID relief checks to most Americans – insisting it should be $ 2,000. House Republicans quickly rejected the idea during a rare Christmas Eve session. But Trump has not been deterred by the fact that the nation is in the grip of an epidemic.

READ  YouTube and Gmail are among the Google services affected by the crash

“I want our big men to get $ 2000 more than the $ 600 in the bill right now,” Trump tweeted Saturday from Palm Beach, Florida, where he is spending the holidays. “Also, put billions of dollars in ‘bacon’.”

President-elect Joe Biden has called on Trump to sign the bill immediately as the midnight deadline for two federal programs to provide unemployment assistance approaches Saturday.

8:44 am: France on Sunday launched its first corona virus vaccine at a hospital in northeastern Paris, one of the poorest regions in the country, as part of a nationwide vaccination drive.

“It’s a serious moment, carrying so much hope,” tweeted Aurelian Rousseau, head of the Paris Regional Public Health Service.

A 78-year-old woman identified only by her first name Morissette, filmed in the first vaccine in France. Later, vaccinations will be given at the Champmeilot home in Dijon.

Polls suggest that people in France are a little skeptical about new vaccines, so the French government has been cautious in its press release and does not make vaccinations mandatory. The government hopes to be able to vaccinate up to 27 million of its 67 million people by summer.

France says more than 62,570 lives have been lost to the epidemic. Nearly a third died in nursing homes, so the government decided to vaccinate the elderly and at-risk medical staff first.

8:32 am: Beijing officials have rushed to test five new corona virus cases that are spreading domestically. Five cases linked to previous infections lived in the city’s Shuni district, and has since implemented an emergency response program including mass testing, source detection and disinfection.

As of noon on Saturday, more than 120,000 people had been tested for the corona virus. Authorities plan to test 800,000 people in the district. In the northeastern port city of Talia, four cases of domestic spread have been reported separately, with more than 4.75 million people being screened following more than 20 confirmed cases this month. There have been 22 new cases reported in China in the last 24 hours, including 10 imported and 12 domestic cases. China has so far reported a total of 86,955 cases, including 4,634 deaths.

READ  Canadian interest in digital economy collective agreement welcomed

Loading …

Loading …Loading …Loading …Loading …Loading …

8:30 a.m .: Despite the increase in corona virus cases, South Korea has decided not to immediately implement its harsh remote rules in much of Seoul. The area is currently under the second highest distance rules. There have been calls to raise controls to the highest level, but the government has been reluctant to do so due to concerns about the economy.

Health Minister Kwan Diok-Seoul on Sunday said he would maintain the current restrictions in the Seoul area until January 3. He said the third highest distance rules imposed in other regions would also be in effect until January 3. Korea registered an average of 999 new cases a day last week, of which 690 are in the Seoul region. Under current rules, nightclubs, karaoke rooms, fitness centers, gyms and gram schools in the Seoul area have been suspended.

As an additional measure, authorities last week banned community gatherings of more than five people and ordered the closure of ski resorts and other tourist attractions. Strict restrictions will shut down hundreds of thousands of businesses and order companies to work all essential staff from home. A total of 56,872 cases have been reported in South Korea, including 808 deaths.

8:30 a.m .: Japan has banned all foreigners from entering the UK as a precaution against the new and highly contagious corona virus variant.

The entry ban will last from Monday to January 31, the foreign ministry said.

Last week, Japan banned foreigners from coming to Britain and South Africa, after confirming the new variation on seven in the past two days – five from the UK and two from Tokyo who tested positive at airports.

READ  Emma, ​​Joe and Jackson are among Canada's most popular baby names for 2020

Japan has also suspended a 14-day isolation of Japanese nationals and foreigners living on a narrow route that began in November. Entrants must now carry proof of a negative test 72 hours prior to departure for Japan and self-isolate for the next two weeks.

Japan has been battling rising cases since November. A total of 217,312 cases have been confirmed, including 3,213 deaths, an increase of 3,700 from the previous 24-hour period. In Tokyo alone, 949 cases were reported, setting a new record, despite experts and government officials calling on people to spend “quiet” holidays.

8:30 a.m .: Doctors, nurses and the elderly rolled up their sleeves across the EU on Sunday to receive the first dose of the corona virus vaccine in a symbolic moment of unity and hope on a continent facing its worst health care crisis in a century.

Although a few countries started delivering medicines a day earlier, the 27-nation coalition aims to deliver a concerted message on the vaccine’s safe and Europe’s best chance of surviving the outbreak and the economic catastrophe. Locked months.

For health workers who have been battling the virus with only masks and shields to defend themselves, the vaccines represent an emotional relief and a general opportunity for 450 million people in Europe to receive footage for their own health and that of others.

“Today I am a citizen here, but above all as a nurse, to represent my profession and all healthcare professionals who choose to trust science,” said 29-year-old Claudia Alivernini, the first of five physicians and nurses. Get the vaccine at the Spleenzani Infectious Diseases Hospital in Rome.

Austrian President Sebastian Kurz called the vaccine – which was developed at the time of registration – a “game changer”.

“We know today is not the end of the epidemic, but it is the beginning of success,” he said.