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COVID-19 Update Aug 17: Ont. Doctor charged with murder claims COVID killed patient. Quebec Launches 'Massive' Vaccination Campaign | Why Is ArriveCan Still Mandatory?

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Latest B. C. August 11 figures:

• Inpatients: 385
• Intensive care: 23
• New patients: 900
in the seven days to August 6 • Total number of confirmed cases: 380,174
• Total deaths in the seven days ending 6 August: 28 (3,995 total)

Read Full Report Here |Next Update: August 18 3pm (or later)

Headline summary

• Ontario doctor charged with killing four patients because COVID killed them
Why is ArriveCan still mandatingand what is the federal government's plan for doing so?
• Quebec launches 'massive' vaccination campaign ahead of expected fall wave
IKEA's After shoppers panic in Shanghai Security attempts lockdown due to COVID risks
• UK first approved Omicron-adapted COVID shots
• Saskatchewan spreads second COVID-19 Boost all adults
• EU Mixed COVID vaccine next month

Latest news

East Ontario doctor accused of killing patient last year Wednesday was charged with three more counts of first-degree murder.

Ontario Police said new charges against Dr Brian Nadler are linked to the deaths of Claire Briere, 80, Lorraine Lalande, 79, and Judith Lunggrescu, 93.

But his lawyers claim that all four of the elderly patients died of his COVID-19, which Nadler says will be "proven."

-The Canadian Press

Quebec Prime Minister François Legault says the government is taking a "massive" approach to stay ahead of his next wave of COVID-19. It says it will launch a vaccination booster campaign.

Legault told reporters in Quebec City today that all Quebecois citizens over the age of 18 are eligible to book a booster before the end of the month.

According to him, a Quebec resident has been five months since his last COVID-19 vaccine or three months since he was last infected with the novel coronavirus. to receive boosters.

On Monday, Quebec began offering his fifth dose of his COVID-19 vaccine to residents of long-term care facilities and private nursing homes.

— The Canadian Press

A glitch-prone app touted as an efficient border control tool early in the pandemic calls into question its usefulness. Although it has become a punching bag for presenting critics, ArriveCan may stay here.

The government claims this is a useful tool. Critics say it has fallen out of use, if at all. The

app was introduced early in the pandemic, and from February 2021 onwards, use of the app is mandatory at air and land borders, except in the event of accessibility issues or outages.

Brieflywhat we know about this

— The Canadian Press

COVID- 19 The chief executive of Pfizer, a major vaccine maker, has tested positive for the virus and says he has very mild symptoms.

Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla said Monday that he of Pfizer has started Paxlovid pill treatment and is in isolation until he recovers.

Bourla said he received four doses of his Comirnaty, his COVID-19 vaccine developed by a New York pharmaceutical company in collaboration with his BioNTech. He said in a brief statement issued by the company that he is confident of a speedy recovery.

In the United States, more than 128 million people have been fully vaccinated since his two-dose vaccine from Pfizer entered the market more than a year before him. Approximately 61 million people have received their first booster. He was shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Vaccines still provide reliable protection against hospitalization and serious illness, according to scientists. However, evolving viruses are making it more difficult for vaccines to prevent the onset of all forms of disease.

- The Associated Press

An uproar unfolded at IKEA in Shanghai as health authorities closed the store on Saturday and tried to quarantine people in the area. was given. During his visit, he came into contact with a COVID-19 patient.

News of the flash shutdown caused shoppers to flee and scream as they tried to exit the building before doors were locked, social media videos show became. Shanghai's 25 million residents are no strangers to lockdowns after being banned from leaving their homes for two months this spring to eradicate the virus.

Health officials at the financial hub said they had imposed "temporary control measures" on the store after he was found to have been in close contact with a 6-year-old boy with asymptomatic COVID infection. rice field. It was not disclosed when the close contact was in the store.

— Reuters

The UK, the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine in late 2020, will be the first to launch shots adapted to its target-targeting variant. gave the green light. Both original and Omicron versions of the virus.

The UK drug regulator on Monday conditionally approved a so-called bivalent vaccine made by US drugmaker Moderna as a booster for adults.

The UK Joint Commission on Immunization and Immunization will soon issue recommendations on how vaccines should be used in the country.

— Reuters

All Saskatchewan adults are eligible to receive their fourth dose of COVID-19 on Monday. The

state has said it will extend eligibility for a second booster to all residents aged 18 and over who received her third dose at least four months before her .

Residents could begin booking appointments on Friday, and shots were made available the same Monday as the state opens clinics.

Health officials say that COVID-19 immunity has been shown to weaken over time, and that booster doses offer increased protection against severe illness, hospitalization, and death. said.

— The Canadian Press

Two giant cruises following recent moves to ease pandemic-era restrictions that have excluded some travelers Company is relaxing vaccine requirements for some ships. from boarding.

Sister cruise lines Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have announced that starting September 5, anyone "regardless of vaccination status" will be able to board certain cruises as long as they meet testing requirements. says on the website.

For celebrities, this means cruises departing from Los Angeles, the United Kingdom and Europe (excluding Iceland). Royal Caribbean cruises that do not require vaccinations include cruises departing from European ports, Los Angeles, Galveston, Texas and New Orleans.

— The Washington Post

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. Ferries, but are still required in federally regulated travel spaces such as trains, airports, airplanes, and medical facilities.

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

Nursing homes: There is no capacity limit for visitors to long-term care and elderly care facilities, but visitors must provide proof of You must present a letter of vaccination prior to your visit.

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 drop-in to a health authority drop-in to 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 dose.

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 subsides. Asymptomatic people do not need to be tested.

Take-home Rapid Antigen Tests: Any person over the age of 18 with an eligible British Columbia Personal Health Number can go to a pharmacy and have five tests taken. You can receive a free take-home test kit containing the kit. COVID-19 rapid antigen test.

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