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‘Avoid installing 3Cs,’ warns Canada’s top doctor
In a written statement released Thursday, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s director of public health, advised Canadians that when the weather gets colder “avoid 3C settings”.
“Larger clusters tell us that closed space with poor ventilation, crowded places where many people gather and close contact situations can amplify the spread of the virus, ”the statement writes.
Dr Tam also recommends Canadians wear non-medical masks or cover their faces “when indoors with people outside of your immediate household.”
This happened after federal health officials made changes to the type of mask they should wear, now specifically indicating that a suitable mask should be taken from at least three layers.
Along with the new mask guidance, Public Health Canada also updated information on COVID-19 transmission. Currently, it claims that the virus “spreads from an infected person to another through respiratory droplets and aerosols created when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, screams or talks.
“Droplets range in size, from large droplets that fall to the ground rapidly (in seconds or minutes) near an infected person, to smaller droplets, sometimes referred to as aerosols, that exist in the air. gas in some cases, ”the instructions write.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its language around COVID-19 spread through aerosols.
“Nebulized transmission can occur in specific environments, especially in indoor spaces, which are crowded and with insufficient ventilation, where the infected person (s) stay with others, such as restaurants, choir sessions, fitness classes, nightclubs, offices and / or places of worship, ”the WHO information said.
More than 380 counterfeit and unauthorized product shipments related to COVID-19 were blocked
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Health Canada and the Royal Canadian Police (RCMP) have announced the results of a project against illegal or counterfeit COVID-19 goods attempting to enter Canada. through British Columbia, known as “Project Purify”.
From March 20 to June 30, 380 consignments with illegal content or counterfeit goods related to COVID-19 were arrested at the border. This includes 48,000 COVID-19 test kits, 4.5 million units of personal protective equipment, 33,000 pills and prescription drugs, and more than 1,500 other “fraudulent and potentially dangerous products”. .
“While some importers really don’t realize that certain health products require specific licenses and permits, others have tried to take advantage of the circumstances during the peak of the pandemic. and try to import potentially dangerous products into Canada for financial gain, ”reads the statement from Yvette-Monique Gray, CBSA’s director of enforcement and Pacific intelligence.
The CBSA seized any mislabelled or misrepresented goods, while others were shipped to Health Canada, where the seizure was subsequently seized or denied entry.
The budget for the pandemic is 187 billion dollars in Ontario
The Government of Ontario announced that it plans to spend $ 187 billion this year as the province works hard through COVID-19. The provincial government plans to spend $ 45 billion over the next three years in response to the pandemic.
Ontario is also investing $ 572 million in hospitals to support COVID-19’s additional costs, including testing centers, evaluation, medical laboratories and equipment, and protective equipment. personal.
Finance Minister Rod Phillips said: “Since the day of the pandemic, protecting our people has been our government’s number one priority. “The health risks of COVID-19 are still extremely serious. We are providing all the resources needed to keep everyone safe, including our loved ones in long-term care and our frontline wellness heroes in wave second and more. “
Ontario reported 998 news COVID-19 cases on Thursday, including 350 new cases in Toronto, 269 cases in Peel and 71 cases in the York Region.
The province also confirmed 13 additional deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total to 3,195.
There are currently 381 hospitals in Ontario using COVID-19, with 86 hospitals in the ICU and 48 hospitals using ventilators. One school closed due to concerns about COVID-19, Elder’s Mills Public School in Vaughn.
Alberta fights two viruses
As Alberta continues to work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the future, the province has also discovered a variant of Influenza A (H1N2) v in the province.
“The virus was discovered in mid-October after a patient in Alberta sought medical attention with flu-like symptoms,” stated Dr. Deena Hinshaw, medical director and Dr. Keith Lehman, Provincial chief veterinarian, said. “The patient had mild symptoms, was examined and recovered quickly. There is no evidence at this time that the virus has spread further ”.
“This is currently an isolated case and there is no increased risk for Albertans at this time.”
Officials stated that Alberta Health Services will “proactively provide influenza testing” to residents of central Alberta areas if they come for COVID-19 testing, on an optional basis.
“We are taking this issue seriously, but Albertans should know that sporadic flu cases have been reported over the past decade in North America,” the statement wrote. “Influenza A variant (H1N2) is very rare with only 27 cases reported globally since 2005 and no cases in Canada prior to this.”
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