Good evening, here are the COVID-19 updates you need to know tonight.
- Key Ottawa blockade organizer Tamara Lich has refused bail
- Britain removes last remaining COVID-19 restrictions and will treat it like the flu
- RCMP, banks and Ottawa say donors to protest convoys won’t have their accounts frozen after viral tweet says otherwise
In the past seven days, 43,003 cases have been reported, decreasing 31 % compared to the previous seven days. There was 431 reported deaths, down 43 % over the same period. At least 5,721 people are treated in hospitals.
The inoculation rate in Canada is 13th among countries with a population of one million or more.
Sources: Canada data is compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins and the COVID-19 Canada Open Data Task Force; international data is from Johns Hopkins University.
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- Ontario reports 1,038 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 319 in intensive care. That’s down from 1,403 hospitalizations and 321 in intensive care a week ago. The province is also reporting nine other deaths from the virus.
- Quebec will not require elementary and secondary students to wear masks in class when classes resume on March 7, after the province’s spring break. The province is now reporting 30 more deaths related to COVID-19 today. There are 1,742 people hospitalized with COVID-19, after 101 people were admitted and 135 discharged in the previous 24 hours.
- alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he would announce “a final decision” this Saturday on whether to proceed with the second phase of the province’s pandemic reopening plan, which would remove indoor mask requirements, cohorts for K-6 and capacity limits on all large halls. Meanwhile, Alberta’s largest and northernmost county says it no longer works with local businesses that have a mandatory vaccination policy.
- In manitoba, Winnipeg police are warning protesters against COVID-19 restrictions, who have parked vehicles near the Manitoba Legislature for nearly three weeks, that they could face charges or have their vehicles seized s ‘they don’t clear by the end of Wednesday afternoon.
- from British Columbia The budget presented on Tuesday includes the allocation of $875 million this fiscal year to cover COVID-19 flu vaccination programs, PPE for healthcare workers and improved measures in long-term care facilities. duration and assisted living facilities.
Tamara Lich, a key organizer of the Ottawa protests who blocked the country’s capital for more than three weeks, was denied bail on Tuesday after his arrest last Thursday.
- In making her decision, Ontario Court Judge Julie Bourgeois found there was a “substantial risk” that Lich would re-offend if released and that she would not follow a court order requiring her to cease the illegal activity of which it is accused.
- Lich faces multiple charges, including mischief and obstructing the lawful use and operation of property. She is due to appear in court again on March 2.
Emergencies Act: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau argued Monday that the Emergencies Act measures must remain in place despite protesters leaving Ottawa due to the threat that they could return. The House of Commons voted 185 to 151 to authorize the emergency measures.
Masks and vaccine mandates at the university: Even as governments roll back pandemic restrictions, several Canadian universities are maintaining vaccination mandates and masking for students taking in-person classes. Ontario’s top doctor said last week that vaccination policies at post-secondary institutions have served their purpose and should be scrapped.
Pop-up weddings during COVID: As engaged couples have had to put their wedding plans on hold for the past two years, intimate pop-up weddings have become a popular option for those who wanted to get married in the face of COVID-19.
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The RCMP, the banking industry and the federal government said on Monday that donors to the protest convoy would not have their accounts frozen after a viral tweet from a Tory MP said otherwise.
- The RCMP said that while it sent financial institutions a list of accounts to monitor and freeze, these accounts belong to “individuals and businesses suspected of being involved in illegal acts”, such as ” influencers in the illegal protest in Ottawa”.
- Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said people who were not directly involved in protests against the pandemic restriction should contact the police if they believe their accounts have been wrongfully frozen.
Also today : The Canada Revenue Agency has warned it will be another “unique” tax period as it continues to face challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sources: Canada data is compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins University and the COVID-19 Canada Open Data Task Force; international data is from Johns Hopkins.
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