Canada: COVID-19: Ottawa reports 26 new cases; Reopening underway in 3 Ontario regions; 1,072 new cases in province

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What you need to know, at a glance

  • Ottawa Public Health reports 26 new cases, one more death
  • Three eastern Ontario health unit regions out of shutdown as of Wednesday
  • 1,072 new cases of COVID-19 reported, with 41 additional deaths.
  • 948 people hospitalized, (up 39, with 313 people in ICU (down five)
  • There are 13,270 active cases of COVID-19. A week ago, there were 16,811.
  • Wednesday’s total includes 40 in Ottawa, according to the province
  • Four new cases in Hastings Prince Edward, two in both Eastern Ontario and Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington, and one in Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District. Case count was unchanged in Renfrew County and District.
  • 228 U.K.-variant cases and three linked to the South African SARS-CoV-2 variant have been reported in Ontario.
  • Ontario’s new finance minister fired back at critics who’ve accused the government of sitting on contingency cash that could be spent on pandemic priorities
  • “These claims are simply incorrect,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy.
  • Ontario is now projecting to spend $25 billion more than the previous year
  • The government is also making $2.1 billion more available for the remainder of the year as a contingency against the pandemic’s second wave, as well as dealing with new issues related to new  variants of COVID-19
  • Indian PM Narendra Modi said Wednesday his country “will do its best” to help Canada get COVID-19 vaccines but made no specific guarantee
  • The Serum Institute of India has a contract with AstraZeneca to make at least one billion vaccine doses, and Health Canada is currently reviewing the manufacturing processes at the facility as it works to greenlight the AstraZeneca vaccine for use on Canadians.
  • Quebec Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault says the province is in talks with Ontario about the possibility of setting up checkpoints to stop non-essential travel between provinces.
  • She said the province is concerned about the spread of variants amid the March school break.
  • Quebec reported 989 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
  • There were 34 new deaths, including eight over the previous 24 hours.
  • The province said 22 fewer people were in hospital for a total of 918. There are 140 people in ICU, three more than the previous day.
  • There were eight new cases reported in the Outaouais. The death toll remains at 156 people.
  • The province administered 3,174 more vaccine doses, bringing the total to 266,590.
  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 272,726 cases and 10,112 deaths linked to COVID-19.

Ottawa Public Health reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death on Wednesday.

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In the previous seven days, a total of 324 cases were reported locally.

The number of Ottawans hospitalized with the disease has dropped to 19, with five in ICU.

Across the city, the number of active cases now sits at 402 – a figure that has been trending downwards since mid-January.

A new outbreak was reported at Charles H. Hulse Public School. According to OPH data, it so far involves three student cases. There are now seven ongoing outbreaks in local schools or child-care facilities.

Provincial

Three eastern Ontario health unit regions are back in the province’s colour-coded pandemic response framework.

Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington, Renfrew County and District and Hastings Prince Edward have been designated green zones, which permits most businesses to reopen (with conditions) and small, private social gatherings to resume indoors.

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The provincial shutdown and stay-at-home orders remain in place in the rest of Ontario, until regions return to the provincial framework. Excluding three health unit regions in the GTA, that’s tentatively scheduled to happen on Feb. 16.

Ontario reported 1,072 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, and 41 additional deaths.

There are now 948 people hospitalized because of COVID-19 in Ontario (an increase of 39 compared to the previous day), with 313 people in ICU (down five). Province-wide, there are 13,270 active cases of COVID-19. A week ago, active cases numbered 16,811.

Wednesday’s new case total includes 40 in Ottawa, four in Hastings Prince Edward, two in both Eastern Ontario and Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington, and one in Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District. The total case count was unchanged in Renfrew County and District.

To date, 228 U.K.-variant cases and three linked to the South African SARS-CoV-2 variant have been reported in Ontario.

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Ontario’s new finance minister fired back at critics who’ve accused the government of sitting on contingency cash that could be spent on pandemic priorities, announcing Wednesday that the Ontario government has allocated all of its emergency pandemic contingency funds for this fiscal year, which totalled $13.3 billion.

“Now some have … claimed that we haven’t spent the money. These claims are simply incorrect,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy. “Thank goodness we were prepared.”

The Ontario government is now projecting to spend $25 billion more than the previous year, according to a government press release, including an extra $2.6 billion since the 2020 budget, which was presented in November. On Wednesday, the province’s third-quarter finances were released.

The government is also making $2.1 billion more available for the remainder of the year. “This added contingency will ensure the government can continue to respond with flexibility during the second wave, as well as to the emergence of new, concerning variants of COVID-19,” the press release notes.

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Bethlenfalvy, who is also President of the Treasury Board, took on the finance portfolio after the resignation of Rod Phillips after Phillips’ controversial Caribbean vacation in December.

He pointed out that a lot has happened since the Nov. 5 budget —– record-high COVID-19 case numbers, a province-wide shutdown and second state of emergency.

“We are unwavering in our commitment to doing whatever it takes to protect people’s lives and livelihoods in this battle against COVID-19,” Bethlenfalvy said Wednesday. “Today’s report on our spending during the third quarter demonstrates that.

“All of us know this level of spending is not sustainable in the long term, but defeating this virus together, that is what is most important right now,” Bethlenfalvy said.

The $38.5-billion deficit projection for 2020-21 in the third-quarter finances is unchanged from the deficit forecast in the November budget. A 2021 budget will be presented by the end of March.

National

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Wednesday his country “will do its best” to help Canada get COVID-19 vaccines but stopped short of making any specific guarantee that India would ship doses to Canada.

The Serum Institute of India has a contract with AstraZeneca to make at least one billion vaccine doses, and Health Canada is currently reviewing the manufacturing processes at the facility as it works to greenlight the AstraZeneca vaccine for use on Canadians.

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Canada is not among 25 countries cleared by the Indian government to receive exported doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine this month, although federal officials indicated last week Canada’s shipments weren’t expected to start arriving until at least April.

Modi said on Twitter that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called him Wednesday and the pair discussed vaccines, climate change and the global economic recovery.

Earlier in the day, Trudeau said Canada and India are working as partners against COVID-19 but didn’t mention any plans to speak to Modi.

Trudeau and Modi have a frequently tense relationship, including Trudeau’s troubled trip to India in 2018, and more recently India’s anger over Trudeau’s public support for farmers protesting new laws passed by the Indian government.

Quebec

Quebec Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault says the province is in talks with Ontario about the possibility of setting up checkpoints to stop non-essential travel between provinces.

Guilbault told a news conference Wednesday that the province is concerned about the spread of variants amid the March school break.

Asked about highway checkpoints between provinces, Guilbault said those are among the options being considered for the school break during the first week of March.

She said Quebec is in constant communication with its two neighbouring provinces – Ontario and New Brunswick – about pandemic measures.

Quebec reported 989 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

There were 34 new deaths reported, including eight over the previous 24 hours.

The province said 22 fewer people were in hospital for a total of 918. There are 140 people in ICU, three more than the previous day.

There were eight new cases reported in the Outaouais. The death toll remains at 156 people.

The province administered 3,174 more vaccine doses, bringing the total to 266,590.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 272,726 cases and 10,112 deaths linked to COVID-19.

-With files from Postmedia and The Canadian Press

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