Newswatch COVID-19 Digest: Tuesday November 2, 2021

Here are the latest local, regional and national headlines on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for Tuesday, November 2, 2021:

  • There have been 600,377 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, an increase of 422 cases from the previous day (VAX: 225 unvaccinated, 13 partially vaccinated, 161 fully vaccinated, 23 unknown). There have been 587,344 people recovered from the virus while 9,874 have died. The number of Ontario people tested is 18,981,582 of which 6,650 have pending results.
  • Canada’s coronavirus case total is 1,718,471. The country has 29,023 deaths from the virus – 10 in the Yukon, 11 in the Northwest Territories, four in Nunavut, 2,181 in British Columbia, 3,111 in Alberta, 854 in Saskatchewan, 1,248 in Manitoba, 9,874 in Ontario, 11,496 in Quebec, 117 in New Brunswick, 16 in Newfoundland & Labrador and 101 in Nova Scotia.
  • The Eastern Ontario Health Unit added 19 cases over the weekend – one in Prescott-Russell, five in SD&G and 13 in Cornwall – to bring the regional total Monday to 5,825 confirmed cases, of which 65 are active (one more than Friday) and 5,632 are resolved (17 more than Friday). One death was added over the weekend to bring the total deaths to date to 127. There are 13 people in hospital (no change from Friday) and two in the ICU (no change from Friday). There are three institutional outbreaks (two fewer than Friday). Testing increased 204 to 166,784. The breakdown of cases is: Prescott-Russell 2,262 cases (12 active), SD&G 1,346 cases (16 active), Cornwall 1,739 cases (29 active) and Akwesasne (ON/QC) 478 cases (eight active)(___Akwesasne health department reported no new cases Friday: 484 total cases, eight active, nine deaths to date).
  • The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit added no cases from the weekend to leave the regional total at 1,941 confirmed cases, of which seven are active (no change from Friday) and 1,871 are recovered (no change from Friday). The number of deaths to date is 63. There is one person in hospital (one more since Friday). There are no active institutional outbreaks. The community case breakdown is: Lanark County East 430 cases (zero active), Lanark County West 435 cases (two active), Leeds-Grenville Central 240 cases (one active), Leeds-Grenville East 391 cases (one active), Leeds-Grenville West 215 cases (two active) and Unknown/Out of Region 23 cases (one active).
  • Vaccines: Ontario 22,522,144 (+7,427, last update Nov. 1); EOHU 329,905 (last update Nov. 1, +600 from previous update Oct. 29); LGL 150,277 individuals living in LGL with first doses, 145,102 with second doses, 2,344 with third doses. (last update Oct. 26, +651 first doses, +2,284 second doses, +211 third doses since previous update Oct. 19).
  • Novavax has submitted its vaccine for Health Canada approval. The clinical data submitted includes trials from 30,000 participants in the United States and Mexico. The company says efficacy is 90 per cent overall for the two-dose vaccine. This vaccine is different than the mRNA vaccines as this one coats the coronavirus with lab-grown copies of the spike protein. The drug company says Indonesia has already given emergency use authorization for its vaccine.
  • It’s fully capacity at Quebec bars and restaurants. Those establishments also resumed normal hours on Monday. They can now serve booze and be people until 3 a.m. and social distancing is reduced to one meter from two meters indoors. Dancing and singing is still a no-no.
  • Chinese health officials had to test nearly 34,000 people after a recent visitor to Shanghai Disneyland tested positive for the virus. All tests were negative but an investigation continues.
  • Two well-known singers have tested positive for coronavirus. Jon Bon Jovi had to deliver bad news to fans while on stage Saturday in Miami Beach after taking a rapid test moments before the show. Bryan Adams had to pull out of a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame performance Saturday night in Cleveland, Ohio. In both cases, the singers were fully vaccinated.
  • The coronavirus pandemic has hit another world benchmark. The number of people who have died has topped five million but experts say it’s probably more than that due to limited testing and people dying at home. More people have died in the USA than any other nation with over 745,000 dead.

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