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Today’s coronavirus news: Ontario reporting 3,813 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths; Number of COVID patients in Ontario ICUs increases to 572, report says

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KEY FACTS

  • 10:05 a.m.: Ontario is reporting 3,813 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, with 19 deaths

  • 8:10 a.m.: 572 patients with COVID related critical illness are now in critical care as of Saturday

  • 7:55 a.m.: Migrant farm worker airport COVID-19 vaccine pilot starts today in Toronto

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

10:20 a.m.: Mayor John Tory received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday morning.

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The mayor said his first injection was of the Astra Zeneca vaccine at a local Shoppers Drug Mart.

Tory was seen making friendly conversation with the pharmacist and holding a thumbs up after the needle.

“I feel good, I hope people will understand that any of the vaccines wouldn’t have been approved by Health Canada if they weren’t safe for people, I’m completely confident taking it as it’s been taken by billions of people around the world,” Tory said on Saturday.

10:05 a.m.: Ontario is reporting 3,813 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, with 19 deaths. The seven-day average is up to 3,371 cases daily or 149 weekly per 100,000, and up to 14.7 deaths/day. Labs report 61,439 completed tests and 6.5% positive.

Ontario administered 104,783 vaccine doses Friday, down a touch from Thursday. As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 3,044,949 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott.

8:10 a.m.: As of Saturday, 572 patients with COVID related critical illness are now in critical care, according to Critical Care Services Ontario daily report. That’s 77 new admissions on Friday.

The data, which is not made available publicly but was tweeted by Anthony Dale, the president of the Ontario Hospital Association, also says there was a total census of about 1,846 new admissions to ICUs yesterday.

8:09 a.m.: Ontario’s hospitals are confronting a crisis point in the pandemic as the ongoing crush of COVID-19 patients threatens to outpace their ability to cope.

With a record 552 COVID-19 patients in ICUs — a number predicted to escalate to 600 within the next week — the province directed hospitals to postpone non-urgent procedures, including cancer and heart surgeries, for the first time since last March.

Late Friday, the province issued two emergency orders that will see health workers, including nurses and care co-ordinators, be redeployed as needed, and allow overwhelmed hospitals to transfer patients to other sites without first gaining consent.

Read the full story from the Star’s Meghan Oglive here.

8:08 a.m.: Many residents in a Toronto Community Housing building on Weston Road opened their doors Friday morning surprised to see two Humber River Hospital staff in yellow protective gear, face shields, mask and blue gloves, accompanied by a table filled with COVID-19 vaccines.

The area, deemed as high-risk for COVID-19, became eligible for a mobile vaccination plan pushed by their local MPP, Faisal Hassan. Some 113 registered residents were ready with their health cards, but others who answered the knock on their door by hospital staff said they had no idea it was happening and some said communication was too last minute.

Read the full story from the Star’s Danica Samuel here.

8:05 a.m.: Vaccine nationalism has led to vaccine diplomacy — and given countries including Russia and China to gain influence. But the U.S. looks like it could be a player, too.

Read the full story from the Star’s Alex Boyd.

7:57 a.m.: Canada and other countries have been largely focused on vaccines with names such as Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson during recent months. But around the world, Chinese- and Russian-produced vaccines have been produced en masse to fight against the pandemic, and have been supplied not only to domestic populations, but widely to other countries as well.

Here is a look at some of what we know about the world’s “other” COVID-19 vaccines from the Star’s Alex Boyd.

7:55 a.m.: Ontario will start offering COVID-19 vaccines to migrant farm workers arriving at Toronto’s international airport through a pilot project today.

The government says the pilot will offer shots to 200 workers arriving on a flight from Mexico.

Officials from the ministries of health and agriculture, health-care practitioners and representatives from the Mexican Consulate will be at Pearson International Airport to meet the group, offering doses after the workers pass through customs.

The arriving workers will be offered doses of the Moderna vaccine, which will be administered in a screened-off area after they take a mandatory COVID-19 test upon arriving.

The government says it will follow up with farms to administer the second dose through the local public health unit where the individuals work.

The program will become permanent after implementing lessons learned from today’s initial pilot, with plans to offer shots to more arriving workers next week.

7:55 a.m.: The U.K.’s increased COVID-19 immunity raises prospects of moving on from the worst of the pandemic, with some scientists saying the country could cross a key threshold as soon as Monday.

According to researchers at University College London, that’s when so-called herd immunity could be achieved in the U.K. Almost three-quarters of the population will have antibodies against the virus, either through vaccination or past infection, they estimate.

Britain has already seen a plunge in new cases and deaths, and the government will relax restrictions, including on outdoor dining, on Monday. Those developments have fuelled hopes that the nation will soon shake off its Covid shackles.

Many other scientists think the U.K. is much further from herd immunity than UCL’s model suggests. It’s come under fire from some who say it overestimates the strength of vaccines and doesn’t adequately account for waning immunity and new virus variants. No more than 40% of the country has protection from Covid, according to estimates by Imperial College London.

7:54 a.m.: European regulators are reviewing Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for unusual blood clots similar to the possible risk from another vaccine, the one made by AstraZeneca.

Earlier this week, the European Medicines Agency cited a possible link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder. The J&J vaccine is made with a similar technology, prompting questions about the possibility of similar side effects.

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The European group said Friday that it is investigating four reports of unusual clots, one in a J&J study and the others during the U.S. rollout of the one-dose vaccine.

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Before clearing the J&J shot for U.S. use, the Food and Drug Administration investigated the clot that occurred during testing. At the time, the FDA said it would monitor for any red flags as the vaccine was used more widely.

Earlier this week, the European regulators said there have been three additional U.S. reports of clots with “some similarities,” out of almost 5 million vaccine recipients.

The EMA on Friday reiterated that it’s not clear if the small number of J&J reports are linked to the vaccine, which is expected to roll out in Europe in a few weeks.

In a statement Friday, J&J said “no clear causal relationship has been established between these rare events” and the vaccine, but that it continued to work closely with regulators to assess the data.

7:53 a.m.: Drug giant Pfizer and its partner in developing the first COVID-19 vaccine that received emergency authorization in the U.S. want to allow more adolescents to receive the vaccine.

New York-based Pfizer and BioNTech SE of Germany have asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expand the emergency use authorization for their vaccine to include adolescents ages 12 through 15. Back in mid-December, the two-dose shot received emergency clearance for vaccinating people ages 16 and up.

Pfizer and BioNTech said they are working closely with the FDA and regulators in other countries to get emergency or conditional authorization as quickly as possible for kids ages 12 through 15.

The companies noted in a statement that preliminary results through March 31 from late-stage testing in that age group found the vaccine safe and 100% effective in blocking infections. They said side effects were consistent with those from testing of volunteers ages 16 through 25: pain and swelling at the injection site, fatigue, headaches, fever and nausea.

All participants in the study of 12- through 15-year-old volunteers will be monitored for two years, starting after they received their second dose, to watch for any safety issues and determine how long the vaccine protects recipients.

7:53 a.m.: The Navajo Nation has issued a stay-at-home order for the weekend after reporting 26 more confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The latest figures bring the total number of cases on the tribe’s reservation, which includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, to 30,239.

No additional deaths were reported. The current death toll is 1,260.

The weekend stay-at-home order follows an increase of infections and the announcement this week of the first confirmed case of the COVID-19 B.1.429 variant on the Navajo Nation. The variant was first identified in the state of California and has since been detected across the southwest U.S.

7:52 a.m.: Multiple Indian states are warning the federal government of COVID-19 vaccine shortages as another spike in cases threatens to overrun the country and its already-feeble medical infrastructure.

Authorities in New Delhi and in Punjab and Rajasthan states said Saturday that they would not be able to continue vaccinations in the coming days unless stocks were replenished. Earlier this week, western Maharashtra state, the epicentre of the country’s outbreak, closed some vaccination centres and turned people away due to inadequate vaccine supplies.

Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said the country has enough doses and urged state governments to put an end to “fear-mongering.”

India, a major vaccine manufacturer, has so far administered 97 million shots but is facing major supply snags as it works to inoculate a huge population of nearly 1.4 billion people. Vaccine shots are currently limited to people over age 45 and front-line workers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s opponents have blamed his government for exporting tens of millions of vaccine doses instead of focusing on immunizations at home. India has exported 64.5 million vaccine doses of vaccines to other nations. It stopped exports last week to prioritize domestic needs.

4 a.m.: The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 307,922 new vaccinations administered for a total of 7,559,349 doses given. Nationwide, 780,409 people or 2.1 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 19,945.892 per 100,000.

There were 289,500 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 10,546,540 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 71.68 per cent of their available vaccine supply.

4 a.m.: The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

There are 1,045,278 confirmed cases in Canada (68,010 active, 954,017 resolved, 23,251 deaths). The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers.

There were 9,244 new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 178.95 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 50,442 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 7,206.

There were 40 new reported deaths Friday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 221 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 32. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.08 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 61.18 per 100,000 people.

There have been 28,725,621 tests completed.

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