Jukasa News Update – Monday, January 18, 2021
The number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario edged up today as the province continued its vaccination program
The province reported 3,422 new infections in the past 24 hours along with 69 deaths attributable to the virus including 1,035 new COVID-19 cases in Toronto and 585 in Peel.
Windsor-Essex County, York Region and Niagara also logged about 200 cases each.
Ontario released some preliminary findings of a pandemic enforcement blitz concentrating on big-box stores in the Toronto and Hamilton Areas.
It says the roughly 50 inspectors assigned to ensure the stores are following physical distancing protocols and public health rules found 31 violations at the 110 retailers they visited on Saturday. The Ministry of Labour says inspectors issued 11 formal warnings and 11 tickets.
Doses of COVID-19 vaccine are expected to reach close to 60 First Nations in British Columbia by the end of next week.
Several Indigenous communities have seen significant increases in COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks.
Cases on reserves previously represented a quarter of the more than 2,500 reported cases among Indigenous people in B.C., but that’s risen to 40 per cent, she said at a news conference on Wednesday.
She said 600 infections are active and 32 people have died.
Those people infected with COVID-19 have a five month window of immunity according to research done by Public Health England
Researchers say that antibody protection is not absolute and that some who have previously been infected with the virus do catch it again. Another key discovery is that those with immunity can carry the virus and transmit it to others leading health officials to warn that even those who have recovered from a COVID19 infection should still practice social distancing and wear a mask.
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