Monday, November 23, 2020

Canadians need to cut contacts by a quarter to control COVID-19 outbreak: Tam


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Starting Monday, bars and restaurants in the Winnipeg region will only be allowed to offer takeout and delivery. Movie theatres and concert halls will be closed and most retail stores will be limited to 25 per cent capacity.

Meanwhile, Quebec officials announced late Friday that the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean and Chaudiere-Appalaches regions were being elevated to the highest COVID-19 alert level.

Twelve regions in the province are now either partially or entirely in the so-called red zone, which will face increased restrictions until Nov. 23.

Premier Francois Legault extended the partial lockdown of the province’s maximum-alert regions this week, saying public health would re-evaluate the situation in two weeks to see if measures could be eased earlier.

Also Friday, Quebec City police handed $1,000 fines to a gym owner and two clients after a coalition of independent fitness centres vowed to reopen this week in defiance of red-zone restrictions.

Quebec is reporting 952 new COVID-19 cases Friday and 18 more deaths related to the virus.

More regions have been hit by outbreaks of more than 100 cases over the past two weeks, according to Friday’s federal analysis, including 26 Indigenous communities that have reported two or more active cases.

Trudeau announced more than $200 million in funding to help Indigenous communities contain the spread of the virus.

The government data shows infections are rising among Canadians aged 20 and under. Tam said the uptick is related to the reopening of schools, universities and daycares.

Roughly 2,100 schools have reported at least one confirmed case, she said, and more than 50 schools have reported five or more cases.

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