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Lockdown coming? It may be the only way to slow COVID-19 spread in Canada, infectious disease expert says

Canada's COVID-19 projections show a ‘sobering’ rise in cases heading into the holidays, and there's one unpopular but effective way to get things into control: a lockdown. Infectious Disease specialist Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti weighs in on the reality of another shutdown, and how to come out of it without causing yet another wave.
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  • CBC

    Langley church fined $2.3K for violating B.C. COVID-19 gathering restrictions

    Police in Langley, B.C., say they have fined the Riverside Calvary Church for contravening provincial health orders that prohibit gatherings in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On Sunday, Langley RCMP said they asked congregants at the small church in a strip mall on 96 Avenue to disperse. When they didn't, police say, officers fined the church. Congregants Tanya Gaw and Kari Simpson said bylaw officers issued the fine at the 8:30 a.m. PT service.They returned later accompanied by three RCMP officers who were confronted at the front of the church, they said, but another fine wasn't issued. "This is probably ground zero for the churches standing up," Simpson said, from the parking lot in front of the church. "There is a movement afoot to ensure that more churches also start to defy Bonnie Henry's orders."Simpson and Gaw said they doubt the validity of Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry's orders. They question why liquor stores should remain open as an essential service, but not churches. Gaw said rising levels of depression and anxiety are signs that churches should remain open. "The church is the community for many people," she said. Gaw said she thinks the rising number of COVID-19 cases is due to faulty testing that's causing false positives. "The deception to the public is instilling this unbelievable fear," she said. "All of it needs to stop. And we're pleading with the government to to just stop the whole thing." The province's latest report on test positivity shows that 8.5 per cent of tests performed through MSP across the province were positive, a figure that rose to 11 per cent in the Fraser Health region.All religious gatherings banned Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry suspended all in-person faith-related gatherings earlier this month in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.Worshippers were told not to attend services at their gurdwara, synagogue, church, mosque or temple.The move drew criticism from faith leaders at the time, including from Catholic Archbishop of Vancouver J. Michael Miller, who said the move was "puzzling" considering parishes like those under his leadership have not been vectors of transmission.Henry said on Friday that transmissions were happening at places of worship.Two other churches in the Fraser Valley also said they're continuing to offer in-person services despite orders from health officials to suspend the gatherings.2 Chilliwack churches also gatheringThe Free Grace Baptist Church and Free Reformed Church in Chilliwack both held services last Sunday and were expected to as well this weekend. Lindsay Britton lives across the street from the Free Grace Baptist Church. Britton said he phoned police Sunday morning because of people gathering there. He was concerned they would spread more of the coronavirus into his community"I think we have to take a firmer stand," he said. The churches' leaders argue that restricting the gatherings violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Both said they consider in-person worship an essential service and that, as commanded by God, they are required to attend public worship.

  • Yahoo Finance UK

    3.2m UK Gen Xers’ retirement savings disrupted by COVID-19

    Millions of Gen Xers are 'sleepwalking' into a retirement where they won’t have an adequate income to meet their aspirations. And their situation has been made worse by COVID-19.

  • Yahoo Finance UK

    COVID-19 vaccine news provides boosts for falling UK business confidence

    November’s decline was mainly driven by weaker optimism about the wider UK economy, with the net balance falling by five points to a five-month low of -28%.

  • Yahoo Finance UK

    More businesses set to apply for government-backed loans

    According to data from British business finance lender Market Finance, Firms across the nation have only £3,150 of their Bounce Back Loan remaining (from a total £50,000).

  • Yahoo Finance UK

    Cyber Monday: 10 ways you can protect yourself from online shopping fraud

    Christmas amid COVID-19 lockdowns means a boom in online shopping has never been more prevalent. Here are consumer website Which?’s top tops for protecting yourself online.

  • HuffPost UK

    Covid-19 Infections Fell 30% During England's Second Lockdown, Study Reveals

    There was an even more dramatic drop in the north of the country, researchers found.

  • The Canadian Press

    The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020

    The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 6:30 p.m. EST on Nov. 29, 2020: There are 370,238 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 141,038 confirmed (including 7,033 deaths, 122,014 resolved)  _ Ontario: 114,746 confirmed (including 3,648 deaths, 97,319 resolved)  _ Alberta: 56,444 confirmed (including 533 deaths, 40,219 resolved)  _ British Columbia: 30,884 confirmed (including 395 deaths, 21,304 resolved)  _ Manitoba: 16,483 confirmed (including 301 deaths, 7,010 resolved)  _ Saskatchewan: 8,239 confirmed (including 45 deaths, 4,589 resolved)  _ Nova Scotia: 1,271 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,078 resolved)  _ New Brunswick: 481 confirmed (including 7 deaths, 363 resolved)  _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 333 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 297 resolved)  _ Nunavut: 177 confirmed (including 65 resolved)  _ Prince Edward Island: 72 confirmed (including 68 resolved)  _ Yukon: 42 confirmed (including 1 death, 29 resolved)  _ Northwest Territories: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved)  _ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)  _ Total: 370,238 (0 presumptive, 370,238 confirmed including 12,032 deaths, 294,383 resolved) This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 29, 2020. The Canadian Press

  • The Canadian Press

    Ottawa extends rules and restrictions for travellers amid rising COVID-19 case counts

    A slew of travel restrictions and rules meant to curb the spread of COVID-19 will be extended into January, the federal government said Sunday, as case counts continued to rise steadily across the country. In a statement, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the measures would be in effect until Jan. 21, 2021 for travellers entering Canada from a country other than the United States. The rules were first imposed near the start of the global outbreak. "We have introduced a number of policies to keep Canadians safe but must remain flexible and adapt to the evolving COVID-19 situation," Blair said in a statement. The ministers said restrictions for visitors crossing the border from the U.S. are currently in place until Dec. 21, but may be extended.  Among the new rules is a requirement for anyone entering the country to self-isolate for 14 days. But the ministers also said they're looking to make it possible for "high-performance, amateur sporting organizations" to hold major international events on Canadian soil. They said the successful applicants would need to present a public health plan as well as show they've secured the support of provincial and territorial governments and health authorities. The Department of Canadian Heritage will issue authorizations in consultation with the Health Agency of Canada, the ministers said. The announcement comes as COVID-19 case counts continued to mount, though at levels slightly below the record-setting daily tallies seen in several regions in recent weeks. Public health officials in Quebec reported 1,395 new cases on Sunday, while Ontario recorded 1,708 new infections -- pushing the provincial totals since the pandemic began to 141,038 and 114,746, respectively. Cases also have gone up steadily in Atlantic Canada, with New Brunswick reporting 14 new diagnoses on Sunday and Newfoundland and Labrador recording four additional infections. Public health officials in Nova Scotia logged 10 new cases, all in the province's central zone, which includes Halifax. Manitoba reported 365 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday and 11 new deaths -- almost all of which were linked to outbreaks in care homes.  Health officials said nine of the 11 deaths were people in their 80s and 90s, one was a man in his 60s and one was a man in his 70s. The case count in Nunavut also rose by 13, while Saskatchewan reported 351 new infections.  Alberta reported its second highest number of new COVID-19 cases, logging 1,608, with nine more deaths.  Canada's top public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, said the highest rate of infection is among people aged 80 and over, while more outbreaks are happening in long-term care homes. "Cases are increasing among older adults," Tam said in a statement. Both Quebec and Manitoba reported new, significant outbreaks at such facilities. A Montreal public health agency on Sunday transferred 20 residents of a long-term care home to two local hospitals after a COVID-19 outbreak drew widespread concern this week. Officials said 30 residents had tested positive for COVID-19 at Maimonides Geriatric Centre. Ten residents there have died during the pandemic’s second wave, according to the latest Quebec Health Department data. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 29, 2020. The Canadian Press

  • The Canadian Press

    The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada

    The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 6:20 p.m. Alberta is reporting its second-highest number of new COVID-19 cases. The province is reporting 1,608 new cases today.  The figure is down slightly from the record single-day high of 1,731 diagnoses reported the day before. The province says there are also nine additional deaths linked to the virus over the past 24 hours. --- 3:30 p.m. Saskatchewan is reporting 351 new COVID-19 cases, but no new deaths today. The number of people who have died from COVID-19 in the province stands at 45. Saskatchewan's daily COVID-19 updates have noted this weekend that community transmission can happen quickly. The updates state that 17 nurses in one hospital were recently required to self-isolate after being identified as close contacts to positive cases linked to sporting events and general community transmission. --- 2:30 p.m. Nunavut health officials are reporting 13 new cases in the territory. The number of local active cases, however, declined today due to 32 people who have recovered. That figure now stands at 112. The territory reports that everyone with active COVID-19 is doing well, with mild to moderate symptoms. --- 2:15 p.m. Manitoba is reporting 365 new COVID-19 cases today and 11 new deaths. Those who died range in age from their 60s to their 90s, and the province says almost all were linked to outbreaks in care homes. Manitoba's daily COVID-19 update says an outbreak has been declared in the acute care inpatient unit at The Pas Hospital, and the site has been moved to critical on the provincial pandemic response system. --- 2:00 p.m. The number of COVID-19 cases continues to creep up across most of Atlantic Canada.  New Brunswick is reporting 14 new cases of the novel coronavirus today, the highest in eastern Canada.  Elsewhere Nova Scotia says it's identified 10 new diagnoses, nine of which are in the province's central zone, while Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting four new cases. Health officials IN Prince Edward Island held a rare weekend news conference today, but say there are no new cases in the province.  --- 11:10 a.m. Quebec is reporting 1,395 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 additional deaths linked to the virus. Health officials say four of those deaths occurred in the past 24 hours and eight others took place between Nov. 22 and 27. Hospitalizations went down by 13 today for a total of 665, including 92 people in intensive care - a decrease of one compared to the previous day. Quebec has now reported 141,038 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began and 7,033 deaths. --- 11:00 a.m. Ontario is reporting 1,708 new cases of COVID-19 today and 24 new deaths related to the virus. More than half of the new cases remain in Toronto and Peel Region, which recorded 463 and 503 respectively. The two regions are the only ones currently under lockdown under the province's tiered, colour-coded pandemic response framework. The province is moving five regions to higher alert levels tomorrow, which means tougher COVID-19 restrictions. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 29, 2020.  The Canadian Press

  • Yahoo Sports

    Drew Lock apologizes for 'masking slip' after all Broncos QBs sent to COVID-19 list

    Broncos coach Vic Fangio slammed Drew Lock and the other quarterbacks for putting "us in that position."