Second wave rolls on; B.C. adds 617 COVID-19 cases

By Canadian Press	
		No unexpected side-effects from COVID-19 shots given in Canada so far Health Canada

By Canadian Press No unexpected side-effects from COVID-19 shots given in Canada so far Health Canada

On Thursday, the province announced health units in Northern Ontario will remain under lockdown until at least January 23.

Ford also says if people don't stay at home and be vigilant with following public health restrictions the lockdown won't end and the government will have to consider more extreme measures to control the spread of the virus.

At a news briefing in Ottawa, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said the federal government has launched a new website that will provide weekly reports on vaccine safety.

Ford didn't get into detail about what the measures might be or when they could be introduced.

Increasing case incidence and/or test positivity among people aged 70+.

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Friday marked the first day for Ontario's number to be officially recorded over the 4,000 mark and the seventh day over nine days that daily case numbers have topped 3,000.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says he remains committed to getting kids back in class. "During this time, students will remain engaged in live teacher-led online learning with access to enhanced mental health and technology supports".

Speaking at a Friday morning press conference, Ford said Ontario has ramped up its rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and is quickly running out of doses.

Henry said the disproportionate COVID-19 toll on the elderly is why the province is prioritizing vaccinating all 70,000 long-term care residents, staff and essential visitors, aiming to finish by the end of this month.

A total of 1,472 people are now hospitalized for COVID-19 - with 363 patients in intensive care, and 242 on ventilators.

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He said children with special needs can continue to attend school in-person this week and child-care centres will remain open.

There are 6,118 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Beginning on January 11, the Support for Learners program will provide $200 for each child up to Grade 12 and $250 for each child up to age 21 with special needs.

Starting tonight and until at least February 8, most Quebecers are being asked to remain at home between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. This round of funding began in late December and is available to families once for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, which represents 83,000 educators, said health units should use their authority to intervene, especially where transmission rates are high.

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