Quebec reports 1,079 infections on Sunday; Ontario sees its most hospitalizations since July

On Sunday, Oct. 4, jurisdictions around Canada reported 1,688 new cases of COVID-19, 20 fatalities and 1,377 recently recovered patients.

As customary on the weekends, Alberta and British Columbia did not provide an update on their respective situations. Four cases were also removed from Manitoba’s total, while Quebec withdrew one fatality. At the end of the day, Canada’s active case count still went up by 288, leaving 16,430 currently infected individuals nationwide.

In Quebec, health officials announced 1,079 new patients. It’s the third straight day that Canada’s worst-hit province has reported at least 1,000 cases, a mark that no other jurisdiction has even hit once throughout the pandemic.

The 3,238 cases Quebec has recorded in a three-day stretch are more than what all the Atlantic provinces (Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) have combined to report throughout the entire pandemic. It’s also more than the

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India seeks up to 500 million coronavirus vaccine doses by July

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India hopes to receive up to 500 million doses of coronavirus vaccine by July to inoculate about 250 million people, health minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday, as infections in the world’s second-worst affected country continue to surge.

India’s has recorded some 6.55 million infections, with 75,829 in the past 24 hours, while COVID-19-related deaths have totalled 101,782, health ministry data showed.

“There is a high-level expert body going into all aspects of vaccines,” Vardhan wrote on Twitter. “Our rough estimate and the target would be to receive and utilise 400 to 500 million doses covering (200 million-250 million) people by July 2021.”

Serum Institute of India and private companies have been teaming up with organizations from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to U.S. drug developer Novavax Inc in a scramble to secure vaccines for the country of 1.3 billion people.

India has set up

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Elmhurst Virus Cases Up Over 60 percent Since Late July

ELMHURST, IL — Elmhurst saw 46 new coronavirus cases in the last week, up 6 percent from a week before, according to the DuPage County Health Department. The total as of Sunday was 799. That’s up by 61 percent since late July.

As of Sunday, Elmhurst had seen 46 coronavirus-related deaths so far, according to the health department. That number has not gone up in weeks.

Nursing homes are often hotbeds for the coronavirus, but those numbers have barely budged in recent week. In Elmhurst, The Grove of Elmhurst reported 98 cases as of Friday, according to the state Department of Public Health. It was followed by 44 at Artis Senior Living and 20 at Lexington of Elmhurst. The total coronavirus deaths are 20 at Artis, 5 at The Grove and 13 at Lexington. Artis’ outbreak was early in the crisis and the home has seen hardly any effects in

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Study Suggests Fewer than 10% of U.S. Population Had Coronavirus Antibodies in July | Health News

New research suggests that fewer than 10% of people in the U.S. had antibodies to the coronavirus in the middle of the summer, which would mean the country is a far way off from herd immunity.

For the study, which was published Friday in the journal The Lancet, researchers performed antibody testing on the plasma of over 28,000 patients on dialysis in July. The patients are an important population to study because they have similar risk factors for contracting COVID-19, according to the study authors.

“Not only is this patient population representative ethnically and socio-economically, but they are one of the few groups of people who can be repeatedly tested,” Shuchi Anand, the director of the Center for Tubulointerstitial Kidney Disease at Stanford University and the lead author of the study, said in a statement.

The study reinforces previous research that minorities have been hit harder by the pandemic.

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The Latest: Russia reports highest daily cases since July

MOSCOW — Russian health officials have reported 6,595 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily surge since July.

In Moscow, more than 1,000 new cases were recorded Thursday for the first time since June.

The number of daily new cases started to grow in late August in Russia, which has the fourth largest caseload in the world at 1.12 million infections. There have been nearly 20,000 confirmed deaths.

Officials have repeatedly dismissed speculation of a second lockdown, saying the increase was expected and Russia’s health care infrastructure was prepared for it.

Russia was the first country in the world to approve a vaccine against the virus last month. The move elicited criticism from experts worldwide because the shots were tested on a few dozen people. More studies are needed to establish the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness.

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Russia reports highest daily cases since July

MOSCOW — Russian health officials have reported 6,595 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily surge since July.

In Moscow, more than 1,000 new cases were recorded Thursday for the first time since June.

The number of daily new cases started to grow in late August in Russia, which has the fourth largest caseload in the world at 1.12 million infections. There have been nearly 20,000 confirmed deaths.

Officials have repeatedly dismissed speculation of a second lockdown, saying the increase was expected and Russia’s health care infrastructure was prepared for it.

Russia was the first country in the world to approve a vaccine against the virus last month. The move elicited criticism from experts worldwide because the shots were tested on a few dozen people. More studies are needed to establish the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness.

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Vaccination effort will not be complete until July, CDC director says

WASHINGTON — Even as private companies rush to test a coronavirus vaccine and both federal and state governments prepare for a massive distribution effort, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautioned on Wednesday that mass vaccination of the American public is still many months away. 

“I think that’s going to take us April, May, June, you know, possibly July, to get the entire American public completely vaccinated,” CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield told the Senate health and education committee in a Wednesday hearing. 

Hopes are running high for a vaccine that will allow Americans to return to normal economic and social activity. Those hopes have been stoked by President Trump himself, who has promised a vaccine as early as October. Most public health experts do not believe that is a realistic promise, even though four vaccine candidates are currently undergoing human trials.

Redfield angered Trump last

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Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July



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VANCOUVER — Health care workers in Canada made up about 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections as of late July, a figure that was higher than the global average.

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In a report released earlier this month, the Canadian Institute for Health Information said 19.4 per cent of those who tested positive for the virus as of July 23 were health-care workers. Twelve health care workers, nine from Ontario and three from Quebec, died from COVID-19, it said.

The World Health Organization said in July that health-care workers made up 10 per cent of global COVID-19 infections.

A national federation of nurses’ unions blames the infection rate on a slow response to the pandemic, a shortage of labour and a lack of personal protective equipment. 

Mahi Etminan, a registered oncology nurse who was working at a hospital in Vancouver in mid-March, says she

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