The COVID-19 Brief: 'Frightening' daily surge

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January 11, 2021

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The outbreak by the numbers (as of 8:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11, 2021):
  • Globally: 90,367,346 cases  |  50,080,157 recovered  |  1,936,436 deceased
  • Canada: 660,289 cases  |  558,772 recovered  |  16,950 deceased
  • British Columbia: 56,632 cases  |  48,205 recovered  |  988 deceased
  • Alberta: 111,452 cases  |  96,052 recovered  |  1,284 deceased
  • Saskatchewan: 17,803 cases  |  14,426 recovered  |  191 deceased
  • Manitoba: 26,316 cases  |  20,850 recovered  |  738 deceased
  • Ontario: 215,782 cases  |  180,720 recovered  |  4,983 deceased
  • Quebec: 228,821 cases  |  195,663 recovered  |  8,686 deceased
  • New Brunswick: 779 cases  |  585 recovered  |  9 deceased
  • Nova Scotia: 1,528 cases  |  1,435 recovered  |  65 deceased
  • Prince Edward Island: 102 cases  |  94 recovered
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 393 cases  |  381 recovered  |  4 deceased
  • Yukon: 70 cases  |  59 recovered  |  1 deceased
  • Northwest Territories: 24 cases  |  24 recoveries
  • Nunavut: 266 cases  |  265 recoveries  |  1 deceased
  • Trenton (CFB quarantine): 13 cases  |  13 recoveries
Coronavirus vaccine tracker: More than 316,000 doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been administered to 0.832 per cent of the population since Dec. 14. 
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Here's what's been happening in Canada

Cases pass 660,000. Since the last newsletter, officials have confirmed more than 20,000 new cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 3,945 in Ontario on Sunday, another record-breaking tally as the province neared a grim milestone of 5,000 deaths.

'Frightening' rise. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised that deliveries of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines
will "scale up" in the coming weeks amid what he called a "frightening" surge in cases and accusations that immunization efforts are not moving quickly enough. Moderna doses are delivered every three weeks in quantities of 171,000, while Pfizer doses are arriving weekly in quantities of 208,650.

First Nations vaccines.
Indigenous leaders are encouraging their communities to roll up their sleeves as health officials
begin inoculating First Nations across Canada. Immunization programs in those communities must also address vaccine hesitancy that exists as a result of a history of discrimination in health care.

Safe shots. There have been no serious adverse events related to the COVID-19 vaccines in Canada, "or even the mild and moderate adverse events" following inoculation, according to Health Canada. So far, the clinical trials of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been deemed "
pretty representative" of the vaccine rollout in Canada.  

Hundreds ticketed during Quebec curfew enforcement

Police in Quebec detained and ticketed anti-lockdown protesters during the first night of the province's new curfew. Officials reported no arrests, but issued more than 200 tickets, many to demonstrators protesting the provincial curfew that begins each night at 8:00 p.m.

"Despite a few incidents, we note an
excellent collaboration of the population in respect of the curfew," provincial police wrote on Twitter. Quebecers can be fined up to $6,000 for breaching the new public health protocols in the province, which has logged more COVID-19 cases and deaths than any other jurisdiction in the country.

As Ontario reportedly weighs the idea of enforcing a similar curfew, one expert told CTV News Channel that curfews may exacerbate
mental health woes. "It's really important to underscore how, coming into this pandemic, about half of our population was already reporting themselves as feeling incredibly lonely," said Roger McIntyre, a psychiatry and pharmacology professor from the University of Toronto.

'Shadow pandemic' of abuse

Since early in the COVID-19 pandemic, people working with victims of abuse have reported increases in reports of violence against women, what some have called a "shadow pandemic." Some people experiencing abuse are fearful of reaching out for help as their abuser monitors their behaviour, and many are also fearful of entering a shelter where there may be an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission.

"People are being forced to make really impossible decisions about whether or not they potentially expose themselves, or their family, or their children to a pandemic, or the risk of getting sick," said Nina Gorka, a director with YWCA Toronto.

More than one-third of women admitted to Canadian shelters reported experiencing at least "somewhat more severe" violence in 2020, according to a survey of more than 250 shelters by Women's Shelters Canada.

#ABrightSide in dark times

Find uplifting moments during the pandemic with the #ABrightSide series. 

#ABrightSide for Monday:

After learning that their favourite drive-thru window operator had to leave school for financial reasons, a group of Tim Hortons regulars in Ontario started a GoFundMe campaign to help the man who passes them their morning coffee. Vishnu Sothilingam always adds a "fist bump, huge smile, worldly quotes, weather reviews" and "silly jokes" to the morning routine, wrote organizer Matthew Shulman.

The group originally set a $10,000 goal but have raised more than $28,000 in a little over one month. "Vishnu is much more than a guy in a mask working the Tim Hortons drive thru. He is am amazing human being," wrote Shulman.

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