Coronavirus news today: Ontario announces 722 new cases of COVID-19, including 564 in people not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown
The latest coronavirus news in Canada and around the world Sunday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
10:15 am: Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said there were 722 new cases of COVID-19. 564 cases concern individuals who are not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown and 158 are fully vaccinated individuals.
8:34 am: Nestled in the Madawaska Valley, a short walk from Algonquin Park is Barry’s Bay, a small rustic community known as a getaway for cottage lovers in the summer and a destination for snowmobilers in the winter.
But a recent outbreak in the picturesque town prompted the local acting medical officer of health to designate the community as an outlier in Renfrew County for being repeatedly over-represented in the region’s case count, which officials have linked travel and reluctance to vaccinate among a large part of the population.
Although Barry’s Bay only has about one percent of the county’s population, it has accounted for 24 to over 50 percent of its cases during outbreaks. As Ontario grapples with a fourth wave and plans to reopen schools in September, the local health unit has released several videos over the past week highlighting the emergency for residents – particularly in Barry’s Bay – get vaccinated to prevent the Delta variant from spreading. schools in the fall.
Read the story of Star’s Omar Mosleh.
8:32 am: A Star survey of universities and colleges across the province found the number of postponement requests they received this year remained high due to the pandemic.
Read the full story of star Maria Sarrouh here.
8:30 am: Phil Valentine, a prominent conservative radio host from Tennessee who refused to be vaccinated and then urged his supporters to get vaccinated after being hospitalized with COVID-19, has died, his station said on Saturday.
Valentine mocked the need for vaccines, writing on his blog that his chances of dying from the virus, if infected, were “much less than 1%”.
He announced his COVID-19 diagnosis on July 11 and has pledged to return to his show in a day or two.
“Unfortunately for the enemies out there, it looks like I’ll get there,” he wrote. “Interesting experience. I’ll have to let you know when I get back on the air. I hope it will be tomorrow, but I can take a day off just as a precaution.
Less than two weeks later, his radio station, 99.7 WTN, reported that the Nashville host was hospitalized “in very serious condition, suffering from COVID pneumonia.” The statement says Valentine has changed her mind and is urging others to get vaccinated.
8:26 am: The delta variant has forced Australia and New Zealand to review their strategies for eliminating coronavirus infections, and prompted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to say that his country is very unlikely to ever return to zero cases.
Weekly infections in the United States slightly exceeded one million on Friday, apparently for the first time since the surge last winter, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. Tokyo plans to convert some Olympic facilities into field hospitals as cases increase, the Sankei newspaper reported.
The UK will offer antibody test kits to better understand how many vaccinated and previously infected people still get the disease. Thousands of people have again demonstrated in major French cities against government rules on proof of vaccination or a negative test for most public activities; France will also launch a campaign to vaccinate more school-aged children from September.
8:25 am: Renowned civil rights leader and two-time presidential candidate Reverend Jesse Jackson and his wife Jacqueline were hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released on Saturday.
Jesse Jackson, 79, is vaccinated against the virus and received his first dose in January in a high profile event as he urged others to receive the inoculation as soon as possible. He and his wife, 77, are being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
“Doctors are currently monitoring the condition of both,” according to a statement from Jesse Jackson’s nonprofit, the Rainbow / PUSH Coalition.
“There are no further updates at this time,” the statement said. “We will provide updates as they become available.”
Protected by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson has played a key role in guiding the modern civil rights movement on many issues, including voting rights.
Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Jackson has remained active and advocated for COVID-19 vaccines for blacks, who lag behind whites in the U.S. vaccination campaign. Earlier this month, he was arrested outside the United States Capitol during a protest calling on Congress to end the filibuster in order to support voting rights.
8:15 am: Leading Republican lawmakers are vowing to work with Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear to fight COVID-19 after a court ruling paved the way for new limits on the Democratic governor’s emergency powers.
Beshear’s allies have said they will be watching to see if the governor’s criticisms follow through.
Kentucky Republicans applauded the state Supreme Court’s ruling on Saturday. The ruling ordered a lower court to dissolve an injunction that had blocked GOP-backed laws for months. It comes as the highly contagious Delta variant increases coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Kentucky.
The court ruling “signals that it is time for Republican leaders to publicly present their plan to protect the Commonwealth from this pandemic and the deadly variant of the Delta,” said Rep. Joni Jenkins and Sen. Morgan McGarvey, senior officials. Kentucky House Democrats. and Senate.
“We know what they can’t stand; show us your plan, ”they added.
Leading legislative Republicans – Speaker of the House David Osborne and Speaker of the Senate Robert Stivers – have said lawmakers are “ready to work with the governor, as we have been doing for nearly a year and a half, and to face what is a real public health crisis ”. The GOP holds qualified majorities in both chambers, and Republicans have accused Beshear of taking a self-sufficient approach to dealing with the pandemic.