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COVID-19 update for Aug 10: Cathay Pacific losses narrow as restrictions ease | Quebec reports 25 more deaths. After zero virus ordeal, more Chinese women give up childbirth

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Latest B. C. Figures for Aug 4:

• Inpatients: 410
• Intensive care: 38
• New patients: 938
in the 7 days ending July 30 • Total number of patients Confirmed cases: 379,274
Total deaths in the 7 days ending 30 July: 28 (total 3,940)

Read Full Report Here |Next Update: August 11, 3pm (or later)

Headline Summary

• Cathay Pacific Loss Due to Relaxed COVID-19 Restrictions
 Quebec reported 25 more deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday have been reported, and Canada's hardest-hit provinces have now lost more than 16,000 lives since the pandemic began.
• Russian players at Canadian Tennis Open Unvaccinated Djokovic
• More}  After the COVID-zero ordeal, Chinese women delay or give up childbirth.
•Chinese authorities say that the famous Potala Palace in Tibet  was killed after her COVID-19 outbreak. }closed.
• EU Regulators Begin Review of Pfizer-Biontech Variant Adapted COVID Shots
• COVID Vaccine Manufacturer Novovax Falls in Half Sales Forecasts After Annual Cuts
 Ottawa Police Face Disciplinary Hearings Links to COVID vaccines for alleged access to child death files.
• The Spokane Braves are unable to find enough COVID-19-vaccinated players for their team , and the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Withdrawing from next season to fill the roster.
• New research aims to give parents tools to help children overcome fear of needles and pain  when receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
• Canadian Airlines and Railways vaccinated 1,700 travelers exempted from obligation.

Breaking News

Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific said Wednesday that its losses in the first half narrowed as the loosening of quarantine rules boosted passenger numbers. Announced.

But it warned that crew quarantine restrictions are limiting the airline's ability to increase operational capacity.

The company reported a loss of around HK$5 billion ($637 million) in the first six months, down from HK$7.57 billion ($964.5 million) in the same period last year. .

Hong Kong eased its mandatory hotel quarantine from 14 days to seven days earlier this year, and eased its strict quarantine rule to just three days from Friday.

Along with mainland China, it is one of the few places in the world to mandate mandatory quarantines for inbound travelers. Such measures limit the recovery of Cathay and the city's tourism industry as travelers choose other destinations that are fully open.

- The Associated Press

On Tuesday, Quebec reported 25 new deaths attributed to COVID-19, The March 2020 pandemic brought the state's total death toll since its inception to 16,069.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 cases continues to decline, with 2,038 reported on Tuesday, down from 2,109 on Friday. Of the 2,038 people hospitalized, 58 are in intensive care, one more than was reported on Friday.

states also reported 1,243 new cases for a total of 1,157,876. Access to testing centers is restricted to priority patients, so the number of cases is not necessarily representative of the situation, but the number of new cases has declined in recent weeks, with Tuesday's number higher than last Tuesday's. It was less.

— The Montreal Gazette

Superstar tennis athletes unleash the world's tension on the court. In Canada, being Russian or Belarusian is banned from Wimbledon, but it depends on whether you agree to the vaccination.

Russian and Belarusian players will compete at the National Bank his Open in Montreal and Toronto, but Novak his unvaccinated Novak Djokovic will not.

Djokovic was famously deported from Australia in January after his visa was canceled twice for refusing vaccinations and barring him from playing at the Australian Open. .

Because he is vaccinated, he cannot participate in tournaments such as the National Bank Open in Montreal. It remains unclear whether he will play in the upcoming tournament in Cleveland and the final big event of the season, the US Open in late August/early September.

— National Post

Chinese authorities exercised extraordinary powers during the severe COVID-19 lockdown in Shanghai earlier this year. Watching her exercise changed Claire Jiang's life plans: She's not going to have a baby in China anymore.

Between April and her May lockdown, the hashtag "We are the last generation" briefly went viral on Chinese social media and was subsequently censored.

This phrase was used when a man wearing a hazmat suit and being visited by authorities threatened to punish his family for three generations for failing to comply with COVID-19 rules. It reflected the reaction of

"It really hit me," said Jiang, internalizing her man's remarks as her own answer to her motherhood question.

"You have to shoulder the uncertainty of living in a country where the government can come to your door and do whatever they want. I definitely don't want that," said the 30-year-old who works in the media industry.

Studies show that pandemics and economic uncertainty have historically impacted fertility rates around the world.

But especially in China, the uncompromising “no coronavirus” policy of keeping people’s lives tightly controlled and rapidly eradicating the outbreak has severely impacted their desire to have children. demographers say.

— Reuters

Chinese officials have announced that Tibet's famous The Potala Palace was closed.

The response reflects China's continued adherence to its "zero coronavirus" policy, even as most other countries have reopened, with lockdowns, routine inspections, quarantines, It emphasizes mandated travel restrictions. The palace, the traditional residence of Tibetan Buddhist leaders, will be closed from Tuesday, with a reopening date to be announced at a later date, media sites said. Tibet's economy is heavily dependent on tourism and the Potala is an important attraction.

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— The Associated Press

European Medicines Agency ( EMA) said Tuesday it has begun a rolling review of variant-adapted COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech.

So-called bivalent vaccines target his two strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus behind COVID. The original strain first identified in China and the now delayed Omicron derivative BA. 4/5. Most of the time in Europe. Original SARS-CoV-2 strain and Omicron subvariant BA. A shot of a company targeting 1.

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— Reuters

COVID vaccine maker Novovax Annual

Novavax Inc plummets after cutting sales forecast in half. 's stock lost a third of its value after the pharmaceutical company lowered its 2022 earnings forecast. This is because competitors were late to enter the market. to expectations.

annual revenue will hit his $2.3 billion, less than half the previous forecast peak of $5 billion, the company said in a statement Monday. Novavax also reported a loss of $6.53 per share for his second quarter. This is wider than the average analyst estimate of $5.24. Shares of the Gaithersburg, Maryland-based company fell as much as 36% after the U.S. market closed on Monday. It was down more than 31% in pre-market trading on Tuesday.— Bloomberg

An Ottawa police officer has been charged with misconduct after allegedly participating in a child death investigation looking for links to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Investigators with the Professional Standards Division of the Ottawa Police Service allege Const. Helen Grus committed a discreditable act when she participated in a private investigative project to find out the vaccination status of parents whose infants or children died. On 30 January 2022, Grus contacted the father of the deceased baby to inquire about her COVID-19 vaccination status of her mother without the knowledge of the lead investigator. It is alleged that he directly obstructed an investigation into the death of an infant.— Citizens of Ottawa The only American team in the Junior B Hockey League based in BC. The Cortenay International Junior Hockey League announced last week that the Spokane Braves will not participate in the 2022-23 season. Commissioner Jeff Dubois said in a statement that the Braves find it difficult to fill the roster "despite their best efforts" and will miss the franchise's 50th anniversary season.

DuBois said he would welcome the Braves back into the league.

— The Canadian Press

New study from University of Calgary overcomes fear of needles and pain when children get her COVID-19 It aims to provide parents with tools to help vaccination.

The study is recruiting families from across Canada with children aged 4 to her 11 who have not been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

"We want our children to be vaccinated. Now that Health Canada has approved his COVID-19 vaccine for children under the age of five, A lot of people are excited about this," said Dr. Melanie Noel.

Distance research provides families with resources and strategies to help facilitate childhood immunization. These include using anesthetic creams, distractions, and changing the way you talk to children about shots.

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— The Calgary Herald

A new study from the University of Calgary aims to give parents tools to help children overcome their fear of needles and pain when getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

The study is recruiting families from across Canada with children aged 4 to her 11 who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

"We want our children to be vaccinated. Now that Health Canada has approved her COVID-19 vaccine for children under the age of 5, A lot of people are excited about this," said Dr. Melanie Noel.

``What we do know is that these vaccinations can be stressful and painful. What we are really excited about is that, as a team of researchers, we know of simple but powerful ways we can reduce the pain and fear of these vaccinations and actually empower children and families.

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— The Calgary Herald

During the first five months when unvaccinated Canadians were banned from boarding planes and trains by the federal government, rail operators and airlines made efforts to ensure that unvaccinated people could travel. granted approximately 1,700 exemptions to

This information is being filed in response to two lawsuits against federal travel immunization requirements announced ahead of the 2021 election and enacted on October 30. included in the government affidavit. , 2021. The lawsuit was initiated by Carl Harrison and Sean Ricardo. It joined another lawsuit launched by Canadian Populist Party leader Maxime Bernier and former Newfoundland Premier Brian Peckford. All challenge the constitutionality of the travel obligation and argue that it violates Charter rights and equal rights to movement, life, liberty and security of persons. But when the travel compulsory took effect last October, the government ensured that exceptions would be made to allow travelers, including those living in remote communities, to move around the country.

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— Postmedia News

Benefits rolled out at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic allowed vulnerable Canadians to stay healthy while maintaining income, but business support was excessive and the impact of business groups on public policy. is very large, economists say.

Nearly two and a half years ago, the federal government faced the unprecedented challenge of shutting down the economy to slow the rapid spread of her COVID-19. Its closure has led to a series of pandemic relief benefits aimed at softening the blow to workers and businesses. The two most prominent programs are the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

According to a recent Statistics Canada analysis based on Census data, two-thirds of Canadian adults will benefit from the pandemic in her 2020, and these benefits have mitigated income losses and reduced inequality.— The Canadian Press

What are BC's current public health measures?

Masks: Masks are not required in public indoor environments, but individual businesses and event organizers may choose to require them.

Masks are also recommended but not required on public transport and in BC. Ferries, but are still required in federally regulated travel spaces such as trains, airports, airplanes, and medical facilities.

Gatherings and Events: There are currently no restrictions on gatherings and events such as private gatherings, weddings, funerals, worship services, exercise and fitness activities, swimming pools. Restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs also have no restrictions or capacities. There are no restrictions on sports activities.

Nursing Homes: There are no restrictions on visitors to long-term care and elderly care facilities, but visitors must present proof of immunizations prior to visiting. need to do it. Waivers are available for children under the age of 12, children on medical exemptions, and visitors participating in end-of-life related compassionate visits.

Visitors to nursing homes should also undergo a rapid antigen test before visiting the facility or be tested upon arrival. Exemptions from testing are available for those who participate in compassionate visits and end-of-life care.

How do I get vaccinated in British Columbia?

Anyone living in BC.

• gov. bc. Register online at ca/getvaccinated to make an appointment with the community.
•Or, if you prefer, you can register and then go to a health authority drop-in her clinic.
• The system will alert you when it is time for your second dose.
• The same system will alert you when it's time to administer a booster.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

Testing Centers: BC's COVID-19 test collection centers are currently accepting patients who are hospitalized, pregnant, have symptoms considered to be at high risk, or who: We are only testing those who are eligible and who live/work with symptoms. High risk.You can use BC to find your testing center. Centers for Disease Control Testing Center Map

If you have mild symptoms, no testing is necessary and you should stay home until your fever goes down. Asymptomatic people do not need to be tested.

Take-home Rapid Antigen Tests: Eligible British Columbia residents over the age of 18 with a Personal Health Number can visit a pharmacy and receive 5 free take-home You can receive a test kit. COVID-19 rapid antigen test.

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