Today’s coronavirus news: Metrolinx says some GO bus trips will be canceled Monday as staff vaccination policy goes into effect; Ontario sees 340 new cases of COVID-19


The latest coronavirus news in Canada and around the world Sunday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

10:15 p.m .: Metrolinx says some GO bus trips will be canceled on Monday because some agency staff are not fully immunized and will be placed on unpaid leave when the agency’s mandatory vaccination policy goes into effect.

“We were hoping to avoid any impacts on the service, but it looks like we’ll have to cancel a limited number of bus trips (Monday) and possibly the rest of the week as our mandatory vaccination policy goes into effect,” said spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins in a statement Sunday evening.

She said the transit agency will have to cancel about 6% of its 1,417 daily bus trips on November 1. There could also be “intermittent” train cancellations, she said.

Aikins said the disruption will be spread across the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton.

“We expect the impact to be minimal as we work hard to strategically choose a variety of routes across the region that have low ridership and have other bus and train options available to customers,” said she declared.

As of Friday, more than 97 percent of Metrolinx employees have reported their immunization status. Of this group, 95.4 percent are fully vaccinated, 2.6 percent are partially vaccinated, and two percent are unvaccinated.

6:25 p.m .: Halloween revelers are out, ready to celebrate the spooky season with more ease than the year before, as many COVID-19 health restrictions were lifted in time for the trick-or-treat.

Before Sunday, the province issued guidelines explaining that hand sanitizer should be used throughout the evening, wearing a mask is important, and candy does not need to be washed off as it is. now evident that COVID-19 is spread primarily through aerosols and droplets.

Ontario has lifted indoor capacity limits at most facilities where proof of vaccination is required, meaning indoor parties at venues and bars can operate with sanitary precautions in place.

Over the weekend, costume stores like Spirit Halloween and Crazy Halloween in downtown Toronto saw their shelves empty as revelers rushed to buy costumes. And across Toronto, events are sold out citywide, including most levels of tickets to Monster’s Ball and the annual Rocky Horror Shadow Cast show from production group Excited Mental State.

Read the full story here: With COVID restrictions lifted in time for Halloween, here’s how Toronto celebrated the spooky season

5:50 p.m .: White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Sunday that she had contracted COVID-19.

Psaki was not traveling with President Joe Biden, who was in Rome this weekend for the Group of 20 summit and is traveling to Glasgow, Scotland on Monday for a United Nations climate summit.

Psaki had planned to travel with the president but canceled the trip just as he was due to leave for Europe after learning that members of his family had tested positive for COVID-19.

“Since then, I have quarantined and tested negative (via PCR) for COVID on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday,” Psaki said in a statement. “However, today I tested positive for COVID.”

She added that she last had contact with Biden on Tuesday and the two were sitting more than 6 feet apart and wearing masks.

Psaki said she was showing only mild symptoms.

3:32 p.m .: New Brunswick health officials are today reporting 32 new cases of COVID-19 and one other virus-related death.

They say an 80-year-old in the Campbellton area has died from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 117 since the start of the pandemic. There are 513 active cases and 23 people hospitalized, including 13 in intensive care.

Due to the public employee strike, a vaccination clinic in Fredericton was canceled on Saturday and 142 people were ordered to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at a pharmacy.

COVID-19 tests were also canceled on Saturday at assessment centers in Fredericton, Hartland, Moncton and Saint John.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Jennifer Russell advises everyone to exercise caution this Halloween and trompe l’oeil should wash their hands before going out and returning home.

14:43: A positive test for COVID-19 forced rocker Jon Bon Jovi to cancel his show in Miami Beach on Saturday night as crowds already started to fill the South Beach venue.

Members of the public were told Bon Jovi could not perform, WSVN 7 News reported, and that the entire group had undergone rapid tests before the show.

A spokesperson for Bon Jovi did not respond to requests for comment regarding the details of his test, his vaccination statistics and whether future appearances were canceled.

The show was part of a three-day Halloween weekend hosted by Runaway Tours. According to the event’s website, all ticket holders were required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before the event.

11:33 am: Quebec is now reporting 567 new cases of COVID-19, as well as another death linked to the virus.

Health officials released a statement saying hospitalizations fell from eight to 236, while the number of intensive care patients fell from five to 62.

Of the latest infections reported, 353 were in people who had not been vaccinated or had only received a first dose in the past two weeks.

The province says it vaccinated 7,523 people on Saturday, including up to 4,847 second doses.

The province’s public health institute says about 90 percent of Quebecers aged 12 and over have received at least one dose, while 87 percent are considered fully vaccinated with two injections.

Starting Monday, bars and restaurants will be able to operate at full capacity across the province after a year of restrictions. .

10:15 am: There are 340 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Ontario today. 223 cases concern individuals who are not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown and 117 are fully vaccinated individuals.

In Ontario, 22,514,717 doses of vaccine were administered. Almost 88.2 percent of Ontarians aged 12 and over have one dose and 84.5 percent have two doses. 104 people are hospitalized with # COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE, and 133 people are in intensive care due to COVID-19. Please note that not all hospitals report weekends.

8:46 am: Northern Health declared the COVID-19 outbreak at Wrinch Memorial Hospital on October 29.

The outbreak was declared on September 27 and has seen eight patients and two staff test positive for the virus. One patient death has been recorded, Northern Health said.

Northern Health is actively monitoring and tracking all laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases among staff and patients at all of their facilities.

8:45 am: Russia has recorded a new high daily number of coronavirus cases as most businesses in the country remain closed in an attempt to counter a wave of infections that has lasted for weeks.

The National Coronavirus Task Force on Sunday reported 40,993 new infections from the previous day, up more than 700 from the previous record the day before. Russia had a record of almost daily infections or deaths in October.

The death toll reported on Sunday was 1,158, slightly down from Friday’s record 1,163.

This brought the official death toll from COVID-19 in Russia to 238,538, by far the largest in Europe. More than 8.51 million infections were recorded in the country of 146 million during the pandemic.

Sunday 8:44 am: While vaccination remains the most important tool to end Connecticut’s COVID-19 epidemic once and for all, experts say another factor could also play a role: immunity against infection to previous coronavirus, known as natural immunity.

Natural immunity is not absolute and is not indefinite. As with vaccine immunity, it wears off over time. But research suggests that those who have had COVID-19 are unlikely to catch it again immediately and therefore unlikely to contribute to a larger outbreak in the near future.

Although estimates vary on the proportion of Connecticut residents infected with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, one model suggests the number could approach 50%. If so, experts say, natural immunity in people who have already been infected could make a difference in ending the pandemic in the state.

The magnitude of the difference, however, remains to be debated.

Read the coronavirus news from Saturday.


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