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Infectious disease expert with Trillium Health Partners, Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti, recommends getting the flu shot every year, but it's even more important with COVID-19 spreading.
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  • Yahoo Finance

    Delta CEO Ed Bastian: 'Air travel is incredibly safe' despite COVID-19 spreading fears

    Delta CEO Ed Bastian says air travel is incredibly safe but Delta will continue to require masks and block middle seats.

  • The Canadian Press

    'Wrong direction': Manitoba's top doctor warns about increasing COVID-19 cases

    WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s top doctor gave a stern warning that people need to stop socializing in large groups after announcing another death linked to the province’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreak at a Winnipeg care home.  A woman in her 80s is the 18th person to die at Parkview Place in Winnipeg. More than 90 of the facility’s 220 residents have now tested positive for COVID-19. “We let the virus off the hook,” Dr. Brent Roussin, the chief provincial public health officer, said Monday.  In far too many cases, he said, people with COVID-19 have more than 50 contacts. Some people are going to work or attending gatherings while having symptoms, he said.  There were 100 new infections Monday. The vast majority are in Winnipeg, which is under enhanced restrictions after a stark increase in infections in recent months.  There have been 4,349 cases in Manitoba since the pandemic began and 2,117 are currently active. A total of 55 people have died. “The trajectory is in the wrong direction and if we continue at this pace, we are likely going to see over 5,000 cases by the end of this week,” he said.  In one outbreak case, a person went to a large faith-based service and then visited a care home. Roussin also described a person who left work because they weren’t feeling well, but decided to go shopping before going home. Another person who was tested for COVID-19 held a gathering at their home before the results came back and they were positive.  He said it is important people are honest with health-care providers about disclosing if they’ve been in close contact with a COVID-19 case. Roussin said a person was not honest about this history before a medical procedure and it resulted in the entire surgical team needing to isolate for two weeks. Many of the new cases are linked to Thanksgiving gatherings and Roussin warned that people must be cautious when it comes to Halloween because “nothing we do is without risk.” “Risk can be transferred to people in very vulnerable settings.” Chief nursing officer Lanette Siragusa said there is concern over pressures in the health-care system. There are 80 people in hospital and 15 people in intensive care. “This virus is demonstrating the vicious impact it can have on our most vulnerable,” she said. Officials have also said an outbreak at Headingley Correctional Centre, just west of Winnipeg, began with a guard who worked for two days at the jail before developing symptoms during his days off. It has since grown to 33 inmates and six staff.  Officials said five staff at other facilities and one inmate at a youth correctional facility have also tested positive. The Opposition New Democrats and union leaders have been critical of the provincial response to the pandemic in jails, saying it puts inmates and guards at risk. “The people who are incarcerated are Manitobans,” said NDP justice critic Nahanni Fontaine. “They are citizens. They are entitled to rights. They are entitled to be safe while they are incarcerated.” Justice Minister Cliff Cullen defended the government’s record, adding a comprehensive plan has been developed to deal with the situation.  Inmates and guards are required to wear masks, interactions between people has been limited and instructional videos have been developed for guards and inmates.  Cullen also explained changes to moving inmates and isolating those who test positive, as well as the use of personal protective equipment. “We are taking this pandemic very seriously,” Cullen said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 26, 2020. Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

  • The Canadian Press

    Canada women's security envoy sees rising authoritarian control during COVID-19

    OTTAWA — Canada's new ambassador for women, peace and security says authoritarian leaders are using COVID-19 to roll back the rights of women and LGBTQ2 people. Jacqueline O'Neill also says it remains a challenge in some parts of the world for women to be heard in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. O’Neill is pointing out that state of affairs persists even though today marks the 20 anniversary of the UN resolution that affirms the role of women in preventing conflict, negotiating peace, peacekeeping and reconstructing postwar societies. She offered that assessment during testimony before the House of Commons defence committee. O'Neill was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in June 2019 to advise the government on how to protect the rights of women and girls who face violence and insecurity. O'Neill is tasked with advancing the government's feminist foreign policy, and she told MPs women deserve a seat at all international tables when it comes to advancing peace and security.  This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 26, 2020. The Canadian Press

  • Yahoo Finance

    Walmart CEO: 'The country needs to come together and solve problems'

    Walmart CEO Doug McMillon chats at the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit on changes he would like to see in the country.

  • The Canadian Press

    The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

    The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 2:30 p.m. EDT on Oct. 26, 2020: There are 217,767 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 100,922 confirmed (including 6,153 deaths, 85,822 resolved)  _ Ontario: 71,224 confirmed (including 3,099 deaths, 60,839 resolved)  _ Alberta: 24,261 confirmed (including 300 deaths, 20,310 resolved)  _ British Columbia: 12,554 confirmed (including 256 deaths, 10,247 resolved)  _ Manitoba: 4,249 confirmed (including 54 deaths, 2,142 resolved)  _ Saskatchewan: 2,729 confirmed (including 25 deaths, 2,085 resolved)  _ Nova Scotia: 1,101 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,031 resolved)  _ New Brunswick: 331 confirmed (including 6 deaths, 265 resolved)  _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 291 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 282 resolved)  _ Prince Edward Island: 64 confirmed (including 63 resolved)  _ Yukon: 20 confirmed (including 15 resolved)  _ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)  _ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved), 3 presumptive  _ Nunavut:  No confirmed cases _ Total: 217,767 (3 presumptive, 217,764 confirmed including 9,962 deaths, 183,119 resolved) This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 26, 2020. The Canadian Press

  • The Canadian Press

    Thanksgiving festivities may have affected COVID-19 numbers in hot spots: Ont. govt

    The recent Thanksgiving festivities have affected Ontario's efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in a handful of hot spots, the provincial government said Monday as it faced questions about the effectiveness of stricter measures in those areas. Christine Elliott said the province imposed stricter health measures on three hot spot regions, including Toronto, around the same time as the holiday. While the number of new daily infections is starting to decrease in some areas, such as Ottawa, in the others regions "we're not seeing that happen quite as quickly as we'd like to," Elliott said. "We're also seeing some of the impacts from Thanksgiving several weeks ago, so we've got that adding to the increase in community transmission, but we are also starting to see some of the numbers in some of the modified areas," she said. Elliott's comments came a day after Ontario - one of the two provinces hit hardest by the pandemic - recorded its highest single-day increase in cases. The province reported more than 1,000 new cases on Sunday for the first time since the start of the global health crisis. The number of new infections dropped to 851 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, a level comparable to last week. Of those, 281 cases were in Toronto, 215 in Peel Region, 90 in York Region and 76 in Ottawa. Quebec also hit a grim milestone over the weekend in surpassing 100,000 total infections. The province reported 879 new cases on Sunday, and 808 on Monday. Earlier this month, Quebec tightened restrictions in regions under its highest COVID-19 alert level, closing down gyms, putting limits on team sports and making masks mandatory for high school students. Premier Francois Legault has hinted that some of those restrictions would remain in effect beyond the initial 28-day period, which is set to end Wednesday for Montreal and Quebec City. That possibility has faced pushback from a group of roughly 200 Quebec business owners who say they plan to reopen their gym, dance, yoga or martial arts facilities on Thursday despite the rules. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The Canadian Press

  • CBC

    Alberta MLAs in contact with COVID-19-infected minister test negative

    All of the Alberta politicians who came into contact with a provincial cabinet minister infected with COVID-19 have tested negative for the coronavirus. Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard tested positive for COVID-19 last Wednesday. She had interacted during the previous week with Premier Jason Kenney, Transportation Minister Ric McIver and United Conservative Party MLAs Angela Pitt, Peter Guthrie and Nathan Neudorf. Kenney received his negative test result last Thursday, but has said he would continue to isolate at home for a week as a precaution. Christine Myatt, a spokeswoman for Kenney, said McIver, Pitt, Guthrie and Neudorf have also received negative test results and will continue to self-isolate. Allard participated in a virtual panel during the UCP annual meeting on Saturday and appeared to be in good health. Alberta's daily case count began to surge over the 400 mark last week, up sharply from about a month earlier when new daily infection totals stood in the mid-100s. While Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba have toughened restrictions on certain businesses and activities in recent weeks, Kenney has said his government prefers encouraging personal responsibility over imposing new shutdowns on Alberta's frail economy. He told UCP members Saturday that there's no plan to shut bars and restaurants again. "I give my absolute commitment to that sector that is struggling that barring some absolute catastrophe, which we do not see, there is no likelihood of restriction on their ability to operate like we had in the spring."

  • The Canadian Press

    The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada

    The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 2 p.m. New Brunswick is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 and 60 active cases overall. Two of the new cases are in the Fredericton region and one is in the Campbellton region, where public health officials are battling an ongoing outbreak. Officials say the two cases in the Fredericton region are travel-related, and the case in Campbellton is under investigation. New Brunswick has had 331 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the onset of the pandemic, including six deaths. ____ 1:30 p.m. Health officials have announced a woman in her 80s is the latest death connected to Manitoba's deadliest outbreak at a care home. Eighteen people at Parkview Place in Winnipeg have died. There were 100 new infections announced Monday, the vast majority in the capital city, which is under enhanced restrictions after a stark increase in infections during recent months. Dr. Brent Roussin, the chief provincial public health officer, says the increasing numbers have put pressures on the health-care system. There are 80 people in hospital and 15 people in intensive care. There have been 4,349 cases in Manitoba, and 2,117 are currently active.  Fifty-five people have died. ____ 1 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting one new case of COVID-19, and five active cases overall.  The new confirmed case is a woman in her 50s who returned to the province from work in Alberta. Public health officials say she has been self-isolating and contact tracing is underway. Newfoundland and Labrador has now had 291 cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, including four deaths. ____ 12:40 p.m. All of the Alberta politicians who came into contact with a provincial cabinet minister infected with COVID-19 have tested negative for the virus. Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard tested positive for COVID-19 last Wednesday.  She had interacted during the previous week with Premier Jason Kenney, Transportation Minister Ric McIver and United Conservative MLAs Angela Pitt, Peter Guthrie and Nathan Neudorf.  Kenney received his negative test result last Thursday, but has said he would continue to isolate at home for a week as a precaution. Christine Myatt, a spokeswoman for Kenney, says the other four have also tested negative and will continue to self-isolate. ____ 12:40 p.m.  Nova Scotia is reporting one new case of COVID-19 and now has five active cases of the virus. Health officials say the new case is in the central health zone and the person is a close contact of a previously reported travel-related case. Nova Scotia has confirmed 1,101 COVID-19 cases and 1,031 cases are now resolved. There have been 65 deaths since the onset of the pandemic. ____ 12:30 p.m. Officials say an outbreak of COVID-19 at a Manitoba jail began with a guard who worked for two days before developing symptoms. The outbreak at Headingley Correctional Centre, just west of Winnipeg, now includes 33 inmates and six staff members. Justice officials say five staff at other facilities and one inmate at a youth correctional facility have also tested positive. Justice Minister Cliff Cullen says the pandemic is being taken very seriously and the province has developed comprehensive plans, including instructional videos for inmates and staff, to deal with the situation. He says inmates and guards are required to wear masks and interactions between people has been limited. The opposition New Democrats and union leaders have been critical of the provincial response to the pandemic behind bars, saying it puts inmates and guards at risk. ____ 11:15 a.m. Quebec is reporting 808 new COVID-19 cases and 10 additional deaths linked to the virus. Two of those deaths were in the past 24 hours, while six were from last week and the two others were from an unknown date. The number of hospitalizations dropped by eight from a day earlier to 543, and the number of patients in intensive care cases decreased by four to 93. The province has now recorded 100,922 COVID-19 infections and 6,153 deaths — the highest in the country. ____ 11 a.m. Ontario is reporting 851 new cases of COVID-19 today, and six new deaths due to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 281 cases are in Toronto, 215 in Peel Region, 90 in York Region and 76 in Ottawa. The province says it has conducted 28,652 tests since the last daily report, with an additional 17,603 being processed. In total, 295 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 78 in intensive care.  Meanwhile, Premier Doug Ford's office says it will not announce today whether the province will impose stricter COVID-19 restrictions on two Toronto-area regions.  Ford had said Friday that the experts would look at the caseload in Halton and Durham regions over the weekend to determine whether they need to roll back to a modified Stage 2 of the province's pandemic recovery plan. ____ 10:45 a.m. A coalition of about 200 Quebec gym, yoga, dance studio and martial arts business owners say they intend to reopen their doors on Thursday in defiance of provincial health restrictions. The businesses are calling on Quebec Premier Francois Legault to lift COVID-19 restrictions that were imposed on fitness facilities Oct. 8. In a statement, they say their facilities were not the source of COVID-19 outbreaks and they contribute to the overall physical and mental health of the population. They say the lockdown measures will force them out of business after they've made significant investments to comply with health rules.  They plan to reopen across the province, but will back down if health authorities are able to demonstrate by Thursday that their operations are sources of outbreaks. ____ This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 26, 2020.  The Canadian Press

  • The Canadian Press

    Alberta politicians in contact with COVID-19-infected minister test negative

    EDMONTON — All of the Alberta politicians who came into contact with a provincial cabinet minister infected with COVID-19 have tested negative for the virus. Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard tested positive for COVID-19 last Wednesday. She had interacted during the previous week with Premier Jason Kenney, Transportation Minister Ric McIver and United Conservative legislature members Angela Pitt, Peter Guthrie and Nathan Neudorf. Kenney received his negative test result last Thursday, but has said he would continue to isolate at home for a week as a precaution.Christine Myatt, a spokeswoman for Kenney, says McIver, Pitt, Guthrie and Neudorf have also received negative test results and will continue to self-isolate. Allard participated in a virtual panel during the United Conservatives' annual meeting on Saturday and appeared to be in good health. Alberta's daily case count began to surge over the 400 mark last week, up sharply from about a month earlier when new daily infection totals stood in the mid-100s.While Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba have toughened restrictions on certain businesses and activities in recent weeks, Kenney has said his government prefers encouraging personal responsibility over imposing new shutdowns on Alberta's frail economy.He told United Conservative members Saturday that there's no plan to shut bars and restaurants again. ``I give my absolute commitment to that sector that is struggling that barring some absolute catastrophe, which we do not see, there is no likelihood of restriction on their ability to operate like we had in the spring.''This report by The Canadian Press was first published October 26, 2020. The Canadian Press

  • Yahoo Finance

    Walmart CEO: The lack of stimulus is taking its toll

    Walmart CEO Doug McMillon discusses the need for stimulus at the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit.

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