Friday, May 27, 2022

Today’s coronavirus news: Ontario reports 19 new COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations rise

latest coronavirus news Tuesdays from Canada and Around the World, This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories, if available,

4:00 pm: Health officials in Prince Edward Island are reporting six COVID-19-related deaths in the past week.

He says the dead included three people between the ages of 60 and 79 and three others aged 80 and above.

There have been 32 COVID-19-related deaths on the island since the start of the pandemic.

Six patients are in the hospital for this disease.

Officials say there are currently outbreaks in nine long-term care facilities and seven early education and childcare centers have reported cases or outbreaks.

Prince Edward Island has 1,273 active cases of COVID-19.

1:20 pm Millions of Americans receiving Medicaid health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic could lose coverage this year or next when generous federal subsidies are eliminated, a new analysis has found.

The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that 5 to 14 million Americans could lose Medicaid when states begin to open up coverage after the Biden administration announced the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The federal government provided billions in federal aid to states on the condition that they would not remove people from Medicaid until the public health emergency ended. The temporary measure to ensure Americans do not lose coverage during the pandemic has extended for more than two years. Kaiser projects sign-ups for full and partial Medicaid coverage will increase 25 percent to 110 million by the end of September.

12:32 pm Testing for COVID-19 has plummeted around the world, making it much harder for scientists to track the course of the pandemic and the emergence and spread of new, worrying viral mutants.

Experts say there has been a 70 to 90% drop in worldwide testing from the first to second quarter of this year – contrary to what they say will be with new Omron variants on the rise in places like the United States and South Africa. needed.

“We are not testing anywhere where we might need it,” said Dr Krishna Udayakumar, who directs the Duke Global Health Innovation Center at Duke University. “We need the ability to accelerate testing as we see the emergence of new waves or surges to see what is happening” and respond.

12:00 PM Quebec is reporting 35 additional deaths and a decline of nine patients in hospitals linked to COVID-19 Tuesday.

The Health Department says that since 99 people were admitted and 108 were discharged in the last 24 hours, 1,901 people are in the hospital suffering from the disease.

It said 66 people are in intensive care, unchanged from day one.

Health officials say 772 new cases have been detected through PCR testing, restricted to certain high-risk groups, and 7.7 per cent of those analyzed on Monday tested positive.

An additional 558 positive self-tests were conducted through a government website.

11:10 am Ontario is reporting 19 new deaths linked to COVID-19 on Tuesday, after no new deaths were reported on Monday.

The province says 1,555 people are hospitalized, up from 1,213 the previous day.

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The number of people in intensive care today fell slightly to 188 from 201 a day earlier.

Health officials are also reporting 1,089 new infections detected by PCR tests, which are limited to certain groups.

The scientific director of Ontario’s panel of COVID-19 advisors has said multiplying the number of daily cases by 20 will give a more accurate picture.

About 27 percent of long-term care homes in Ontario have an active COVID-19 outbreak.

10:35 am Maryland-based vaccine maker Emergent Biosolutions was forced to destroy nearly 400 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine due to potential contamination at its East Baltimore plant, far more than previously known.

In addition, the company sought to hide deficiencies from federal and outside inspectors at the site, which was built with millions of dollars in federal support, and continued to promote its construction capabilities despite warnings of those deficiencies.

That comes according to a final report expected Tuesday after a year-long investigation by the House of Representatives Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, a panel that previously found significant flaws in the Trump-era deal, In which hundreds of millions were paid. to make a vaccine.

8:35 am Despite the reality that each one of us probably knows more people in our lives who are currently infected with the virus than at any other point in the pandemic, the time has come, according to the mayor and top Toronto doctor. , to declare distress fraud.

Epidemic is rampant. But the emergency is over.

Like almost any public health themed message, it’s a strange message. This one is confusing. This is a contradiction. But it is not controversial.

Read the star’s full column from Emma Teitel.

8:33 am As more doctors prescribe Pfizer’s powerful COVID-19 pill, new questions are emerging about its performance, including why a small number of patients relapse after taking the drug.

Paxlovid has become a well-known choice against COVID-19 due to its home comfort and impressive results in curing serious illness. The US government has spent more than $10 billion to buy enough pills to treat 20 million people.

But experts say much still remains to be learned about the drug, which was approved in December for adults at high risk of severe COVID-19, based on a study in which 1,000 The adults had received the drug.

Doctors have started reporting rare cases of patients whose symptoms return several days after completing a five-day regimen of Paxlovid pills. This leads to questions about whether those patients are still contagious and should receive a second course of Paxlovid.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration weighed in. It advised against a second round because there is little risk in patients with severe illness or hospitalization.

Dr. Michael Charnes reported last month about a 71-year-old vaccinated patient who noticed that his symptoms subsided but then returned, with the virus level rising nine days after his illness.

8:31 am California’s COVID-19 death toll is on the verge of 90,000, a tally that comes as the US nears its own milestone of 1 million deaths.

As of Friday, California had reported 89,851 cumulative deaths since the start of the pandemic, up from 269 from the previous week. At this pace, the state is likely to cross 90,000 COVID-19 fatalities this week.

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No state has suffered more total pandemic-related deaths than California. However, on a per capita basis, California has the 11th lowest cumulative COVID-19 death rate – with 229.5 deaths for every 100,000 residents, according to data compiled by the Los Angeles Times. Roughly a year ago, a similar analysis showed that California had the 22nd lowest cumulative COVID-19 death rate of any state.

California now has the lowest cumulative COVID-19 death rate among the 10 most populous states in the country. By comparison, the cumulative COVID-19 death rate in Florida is 359.4 per 100,000 residents. In New York, it is 348.8; And in Texas, it’s 316.1.

The worst rate can be found in Arizona, where the total death toll – less than 30,200 – is 434.6 fatalities for every 100,000 residents.

8:30 am The city of Shanghai is doubling down on pandemic restrictions after a brief period, frustrated residents who had been hoping a more than a month-long lockdown, finally eased the number of new cases in China’s financial hub.

Teams in white protective suits have begun entering the homes of coronavirus-infected people to spray disinfectant, raising concerns among some about damage to clothing and valuables and leaving their keys with a community volunteer when They are taken into quarantine – a new requirement so disinfectant workers can enter.

Shanghai has ordered people in some areas to stay in their homes again after going out for limited shopping in recent weeks. According to The Paper, an online media outlet, on Tuesday, service was suspended on the last two metro lines, which were still running, for the first time that the city’s entire system was shut down.

China’s adherence to a “zero-Covid” strategy, as many other countries ease restrictions and try to live with the virus, is incurring rising economic and human costs. Bringing outbreaks under control has forever required extreme measures, because the Omicron variant spreads so easily. China’s ruling Communist Party, with a major party congress this fall, is showing no signs of backing down any time soon.

It’s impossible to escape Shanghai, but that doesn’t stop an informal how-to guide – detailing how to navigate lockdown controls and grab a seat on some trains and planes leaving the city – from being widely circulated on social media. from. Many in the city of 25 million people shared their frustration with the new restrictions in chat groups.

The daily number of new cases in Shanghai had fallen to nearly 3,000 by Monday, down from a peak of 26,000 in mid-April. Six more COVID-19-related deaths were reported, raising the toll from the outbreak to 553.

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