A cluster detected in Sydney's northern beachside suburbs in mid-December has now grown to cases and about a quarter of a million residents have been put under lockdown until Jan. NSW reported three cases, all linked to the Sydney cluster, in the 24 hours to 8 pm on Monday - its lowest daily rise in coronavirus infections in nearly two weeks. Three cases were detected after the daily deadline, which are under investigation, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters.
Sydney, Australia's largest city, has scaled back its New Year's Eve celebrations by banning large gatherings outdoors to watch its popular fireworks display, and urged people to stay home and watch the event on television. Only residents with permits for hospitality venues will be allowed into the city on New Year's Eve and households across Sydney are only allowed to host 10 people. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people. Australia has largely avoided the high infections and deaths from the novel coronavirus compared with many other developed countries.
It has recorded just over 28, cases and deaths since the pandemic began. District Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner blocked election boards in Ben Hill County and Muscogee County, which includes Columbus, from forcing large s of voters to prove their residency before casting ballots in the runoffs. The judge ruled that denying so many voters access to the ballot so close to an election would likely violate the National Voter Registration Act.
David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler both face runoff elections next Tuesday. Challenges against roughly 4, voters in Muscogee County and more than voters in Ben Hill County were part of an effort by the Texas-based conservative group True The Vote to co-ordinate challenges statewide under a Georgia law that allows any registered voter to challenge the eligibility of any other voter within the same county.
The group said on Dec. Postal Service. Several, including in Fulton and Cobb counties in metro Atlanta, have rejected them. Because election officials in Muscogee and Ben Hill counties had determined the challenges had probable cause, anyone on the xydney list attempting to vote would have been required to prove their eligibility — as would anyone challenged who mailed an absentee ballot. Attorneys for the county election boards had asked Gardner to recuse herself in the case.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and guests from Elton John to their son, Archie, appear on the royal couple's first audio release Tuesday personsl Spotify, a minute special featuring reflections on The couple who stepped down from their royal duties in spring invited friends and people they admire to record audio diaries that were excerpted for the show. John, 73, was among the many musical artists who was in the middle of a tour when the pandemic struck.
Other contributors include tennis player Naomi Osaka, who won the U. Open in and calls it "the year that I became more grateful for the things and the people around me. Tuesday's podcast is their first under pfrsonal multi-year deal between their production company Archewell Audio and Spotify. Ontario health officials provided more clarity around the new variant of COVID that was initially discovered in the U. He could barely keep up with demand. Limiting the locations visited will also make contact tracing easier in the event of a syvney exposure.
Welch admits that being continually exposed to high-traffic grocery stores during a pandemic worries ade.
At the time, they were processing 40 to 50 orders sydmey day. Going into the summer months, demand dropped as people ysdney and became comfortable returning to stores. The hope this time around is for less panic buying as the region settles into the grey zone. Outbreaks stayed at a relative low from September through November. Students and staff who tested positive most often contracted it off school property. But as the second wave of the virus rolled through Hamilton late in November, the case counts in schools started to rise — quickly.
An analysis by The Spectator found that, by the time schools closed for the holidays in mid-December, the of cases in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board had doubled in its final two weeks. It also reported four new outbreaks in the final month — meaning the virus was transmitted to multiple people inside a school — also doubling sydeny total outbreak count since September.
The spread provoked new lockdown measures ordered by the province. In January, schools will start the second semester entirely online, with elementary schools reopening in-person on Jan. The of cases in Hamilton schools still pale in comparison to those elsewhere in the GTA. As of Monday, Hamilton schools had reported 93 active cases, while Toronto sydnej reportedMississauga had and Brampton had Unlike in November, however, Hamilton schools have surpassed cities like Ottawa and Vaughan in case counts, representing a disproportionate increase in recent weeks.
The rise among students and staff is part of a broader surge in Hamilton. The city reported new cases on Monday, marking a record in active cases for the sixth straight day. As of Sunday afternoon, there were 1, active cases in the city. Education Minister Stephen Lecce has said he hopes the closure of schools in January will acs reduce cases to a point persinal children can return to in-person learning within a month.
The trip comes at a time when Ontario residents have been asked to make sacrifices, Ford said. The premier learned of persona trip after the minister was already persoanl of the country. I am making arrangements to return to Ontario immediately and will begin a day quarantine as soon as I arrive. Sydndy remains out of the country, his office said on Tuesday. The trip, which he paid for himself, was "ly planned," the office said.
WATCH Minister's travel outside Canada 'completely unacceptable': FordIn an earlier statement issued by his office, Phillips had said: "Immediately following the end of the Legislative Session, which occurred on December 8th, my wife and I departed on a ly planned personal trip outside of the country.
Public officials are no exception. Also on Dec.
In the video, he thanked people for what they are doing to protect the most vulnerable. Ontario's associate chief medical officer of health, Dr. There are no rules officially prohibiting international travel. WATCH Ontario public health official comments on finance minister's trip:"They've missed the birthdays and graduations of people who are precious to syfney, and they have been separated from nieces, nephews and grandbabies as they've grown and hit persoal milestones over the last year.
Singh's statement referred to Niagara MPP Sam Oosterhoff, who faced backlash in October for posting a photo to social media of himself with a large group of people at a banquet hall where nobody wore a mask. Avs apologized, and Ford accepted that, saying he still had " per cent confidence" in his MPP. The agency said restrictions are changing quickly and may be imposed by countries with little warning.
Travel restrictions and border measures have been in place in Canada since March. That's about as specific as retired general Rick Hillier would get on Tuesday during a briefing at Queen's Park to outline Ontario's vaccine distribution plans in the coming weeks and months. Hillier, who chairs the COVID Vaccine Distribution Task Force, has been under fire in recent days because of the province's decision to slow down the vaccine program during the Christmas period.
Hillier explained he was told by some long-term care LTC administrators that LTC staff would be cut back during the holiday period. He said he was told many of those workers would not be available for a vaccine. In the meantime, Hillier said the Ontario plan was on target. He said that Ontario's Phase One started with the first arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine earlier in December, with a directive from the province to protect the most vulnerable, those being patients in long-term care homes as well as front line health-care workers.
This also includes home staff and essential visitors to those homes. Hillier added that efforts would be underway very soon to vaccinate more LTC residents with the newer Moderna vaccine, which is easier to transport as it does not require extreme cold refrigeration the way the Pfizer vaccine does. He said medical teams will be taking delivery at four areas in Southern Ontario, primarily lockdown zones, which Hillier described as hot zones "where COVID is ravaging the population.
He added that this includes the workers in those First Nations nursing homes. Hillier said this means that teams will be going into remote Indigenous communities along the James Bay coast to carry out vaccination programs. I think it is 31 communities that you can fly into only. And then look at how we roll across the northern part of Ontario with a continuation of that program and ensure that we get to as many people as possible in those communities that have survived largely because they have isolated themselves from the outside world.
He said the dosages in March could reach as much as 1. We can't do it any faster. We don't have the vaccines coming to us any faster," said Hillier. He said the goal is to vaccinate up topeople a day. He said in many cases this would involve hospitals, local public health clinics, mobile vaccination sites and pharmacies.
He said priorities have not been set for Phase Two vaccines, but it will likely include essential workers, farm employees, police officers, teachers along with people in vulnerable age groups such as elderly citizens who do not live in nursing homes. Both the Pfizer and the Moderna peronal are double-dose medications, meaning the first part of the vaccine is administered and then the patient must return a few weeks later for the secondary dosage.
Hillier said he has talked with medical experts who have told him the Moderna vaccine could be improved to make it a one-dose vaccine, but so far that has not happened.
Hillier said most Ontario residents should be vaccinated by the end of July. Phase Three would follow after that as a follow-up booster shot for such things as the flu vaccine or a Shingles vaccine.
Rear Adm. Vyacheslav Sytnik, the chief of the Russian military's Reconciliation Center in Syria, said that militants in the province of Sydnfy fired an anti-tank missile at a Russian armoured personnel carrier, wounding three military police officers. He said the attack happened while the Russian troops were on patrol near Trumba in Idlib and Turkish troops were pulling out of the area.
Russia and Turkey, which have backed opposing sides peesonal the Syrian pereonal, negotiated a cease-fire deal for Idlib that envisaged t patrols and established observation posts to monitor the truce, which has been frequently violated. Russia has waged a military operation in Syria sincetipping the balance of power in favour of President Bashar Assad and helping his government reclaim control over most of the country after a devastating civil war.
The spill qds reported by a local landowner at about 2 p. He said the leaked produced water flowed into an unnamed creek and then into the North Saskatchewan River, a glacier-fed major waterway that flows east through Edmonton and into central Saskatchewan, where it s with the South Saskatchewan River and eventually flows into Hudson Bay.
It says the spill took place near Drayton Valley, a community about kilometres southwest of Edmonton, adding the line has been isolated and cleanup is underway by the company and its environmental consultants. AER spokeswoman Cara Tobin confirmed Tuesday that no contaminants from the spill have been sydbey in the North Saskatchewan, which she said is about 12 kilometres from the pipeline spill site. The unnamed creek wasn't thought to be fish-bearing, but fish have been found living there, she added, which means the company must do more to mitigate effects from the spill.
She said AER staff are on-site and continuing to work with the company. It is often contaminated with salt and oil or other substances. Calder said the water that leaked contained relatively low levels of salt and other contaminants.
He said it was being transported to a site where it would be reinjected into a producing underground formation as part of a waterflood enhanced oil recovery operation.