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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Coronavirus: What Happened in Canada and Around the World on December 29 | Nation World News

The latest:

  • Most provinces and territories, including BC, Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, NB, NL, PEI and Nunavut, report record high one-day COVID-19 case numbers.
  • Manitoba reaches agreement with private laboratory to expand COVID testing capacity.
  • British Columbia will phase out the return to school, with all students back by January 10th.
  • Classes will resume at Alberta’s K-12 schools as Omicron cases increase.
  • World Junior Hockey Tournament has been canceled because more players tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Families want to apologize to loved ones who died after being exposed to COVID-19 in hospital.
  • US move to shorten COVID-19 isolation raises confusion, doubts.
  • Track how many people got the COVID-19 vaccine across Canada

Daily COVID-19 infections have reached record highs in the United States and parts of Europe and Australia as the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus gets out of control, keeping workers at home and overwhelming testing centers.

Nearly two years after China first reported a group of “viral pneumonia” cases in the city of Wuhan, the regularly mutating coronavirus is wreaking havoc in many parts of the world, forcing governments to reconsider quarantine and testing rules.

Although some studies have suggested that the Omicron variant is less lethal than some of its predecessors, the large number of people testing positive means that hospitals in some countries may soon be overwhelmed, while businesses may struggle to continue working due to workers who must be quarantined.

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“Delta and Omicron are now twin threats pushing business to record numbers, leading to increases in hospitalization and deaths,” Tedros Adhanom Tedros, director general of the WHO, said at a news conference on Wednesday.

“I am very concerned that Omicron, which is highly portable and distributed at the same time as Delta, is leading to a tsunami of business.”

KYK | WHO director warns countries not to become complacent about Omicron:

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The WHO warns against Omicron satisfaction as European countries set record highs daily

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, warns against diminishing Omicron’s seriousness as major nations in Europe, along with the US, announce record-breaking daily COVID-19 cases. 2:11

Record high cases

Global COVID-19 infections have reached a record high in the last seven days, Reuters data showed on Wednesday, while the Omicron variant went out of control and governments wrestled with how to curb its spread without paralyzing fragile economies .

Nearly 900,000 cases were detected on average each day around the world between December 22 and 28, with numerous countries posting new highs of all times in the previous 24 hours, including the United States, Australia, many in Europe and Bolivia.

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Health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, PEI, NB, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario all confirmed one-day highs on Wednesday. Nunavut saw 37 new cases – a one-day high for the area, which has only one hospital.

New daily infections in Australia rose to nearly 18,300 on Wednesday, obscuring the previous pandemic peak of about 11,300 hit a day earlier.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his country needed a ‘gear change’ to run congested laboratories, with long queues and queues reported in a number of areas.

French Health Minister Olivier Veran told lawmakers on Wednesday that the country was seeing a “dizzying” increase in cases, with 208,000 reported within 24 hours – a national and European record.

Britain reported 183,037 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, a new record and more than 50,000 more than the previous highest figure recorded just a day earlier, government statistics showed. Ireland also reported record cases on Wednesday, with more than 16,000 new infections.

A number of governments were also increasingly concerned about the large numbers of people being forced into self-isolation because they were in contact with a coronavirus sufferer.

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People are standing in cars for COVID-19 tests at a clinic in Sydney on Wednesday. Coronavirus cases are increasing across Australia as an outbreak of the Omicron variant spreads. (Mick Tsikas / AAP Image / The Associated Press)

“We just can not have everyone just being taken out of circulation because they happen to be in a specific place at a specific time,” Australia’s Morrison told reporters.

Italy on Wednesday scrapped self-isolation rules for those who come in contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus, provided they have received a shot, recently recovered or been vaccinated.

However, China has shown no respite in its policy of no tolerance for outbreaks, which has kept 13 million people in the city of Xi’an under strict lockdown for a seventh day as new COVID-19 infections continue, with 151 cases occurring Was reported Tuesday.

From Reuters and Nation World News, last updated at 19:00 ET


What’s Happening Across Canada

KYK | Nunavut seeks federal aid as coronavirus cases rise:

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Nunavut seeks federal aid as coronavirus cases increase

Nunavut Premier PJ Akeeagok says the area’s healthcare capacity is reaching a ‘breaking point’ and he is seeking Ottawa for help as COVID-19 spreads rapidly. (Emma Tranter / The Canadian Press) 1:01

For more details on the situation in your province and territory – including the latest on hospitalizations and ICU capacity, as well as local testing issues – click through to the local coverage below.

In the north, Nunavut On Wednesday, 37 new cases were reported, a new one-day high for the area. The prime minister said the area, which is currently living under strict restrictions, has active businesses in eight communities.

Nunavut Premier PJ Akeeagok said on Wednesday the area was approaching a “breaking point” in terms of healthcare capacity. He said he is working with staff to request additional workers and supplies from the federal government, noting that the area also has an urgent need for more housing to enable people to insulate safely at home.

Health Officers in Yukon reported 27 cases of the past five days on Wednesday, while the Northwest Areas 68 new cases have been reported since 24 December.

In Central Canada, Quebec On Wednesday, 13,149 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, another single-day high. The province also reported 10 additional deaths.

The update came a day after Health Minister Christian Dubé announced measures that would enable certain healthcare workers to stay at work despite having tested positive for the virus. The province had little choice but to change its isolation protocols, he said, due to the meteoric spread of the Omicron variant, which caused staff shortages.

“We have no choice,” Dubé said during a briefing, calling the government’s plan the “best alternative” compared to not caring.

Ontario Wednesday saw a one-day high of 10,436 new cases of COVID-19, as well as three additional deaths.

In Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Health officials reported 312 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, though they noted there are still no COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Provincial officials said that when students return to school on January 4, it will be for virtual learning, with the situation having to be reconsidered weekly.

“Now is the time for precaution, not for panic,” Prime Minister Andrew Furey told a news conference on Wednesday.

Health Officers in Nova Scotia reported 586 new cases on Wednesday, while Prince Edward Island had a record high of 129 cases.

New brunswick also had a record high number of daily new cases, with 486 reported.

In the Prairie Provinces, Manitoba saw another record daily high of 947 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, with health officials reporting one additional death. The province has reached an agreement with a private laboratory to increase COVID-19 testing capability by 30 percent.

Saskatchewan reported 293 new cases and four deaths on Wednesday, while Alberta also set a new daily record with 2,775 cases and 11 additional deaths. The increase in cases has forced the province to change its criteria for obtaining a PCR test to confirm the COVID-19 virus.

In British ColumbiaHealth officials reported 2,944 new cases on Wednesday, a new daily record, along with five deaths since Dec. 24. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said she recommends a phased return to school for students in K-12, with some children of essential workers or with special needs returning on January 3 or 4 as planned, with a full return for all students at January 10th.

“It will give us time to add additional protocols to reduce pressure, and staggering times for recessions,” she said, “those things we did early on that we know could reduce the potential for transfer within the institutions.”

Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside said there would also be improved safety plans for schools.

-By Nation World News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 19:00 ET


What’s happening around the world

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Customers look at COVID-19 test kits sold in a supermarket in Saint-Herblain, France. (Loic Venance / AFP / Getty Images)

By Wednesday night, approximately 284.4 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracker. The reported worldwide death toll stood at more than 5.4 million.

In EuropeItaly on Wednesday rose to a record 98,030 new cases of COVID-19 infections, a 25 percent increase in one day.

In the AmericaRochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Wednesday that the average coronavirus case in the country had increased by 60 percent this week compared to the previous week – a reflection, she said, “of the extraordinarily transmissible Omicron -variant. “

“This virus has proven its ability to adapt quickly and we need to adapt with it,” Walensky said during the Biden administration’s COVID-19 task force briefing.

In particular, she pointed to the CDC’s decision to reduce quarantine time for asymptomatic individuals testing positive for COVID-19 from 10 to five days. an attempt to “provide updated recommendations using science to alleviate the burden of long isolation and quarantine recommendations.”

In AfricaOn Tuesday, South Africa reported 7,216 new cases of COVID-19 and 25 additional deaths.

In the middle eastSaudi Arabia on Tuesday reported 602 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with one additional death.

Daily infections in the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf region’s tourism and commercial hub, have risen above 2,000 for the first time since June.

In the Asian Pacific region, Thai authorities have warned residents to prepare for a possible jump in coronavirus cases after classifying the country’s first group of the Omicron variant as a “super-distributor” incident.

-From Reuters, The Associated Press and Nation World News, last updated at 17:45 ET

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