Today’s coronavirus news: new collection limits come into effect in Quebec as cases skyrocket across Canada; Toronto continues its holiday vaccination campaign

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.

7:15 a.m. The goal was intimidating, seemingly unattainable: to immunize 90% of Ontario’s population – over 13 million people – against COVID-19.

Double doses would help protect our families and neighbors, reduce our own risk of getting sick, and push us past the pandemic that has disrupted daily lives and killed more than 10,000 people in the province.

Thousands of people have taken on the monumental task. Health care providers. Community leaders. Public health workers. Logistics experts. Pharmacists. Countless volunteers.

Here are 20 people who have taken on the hard work of the pandemic and helped Ontario get vaccinated.

6.30 a.m. France has recorded more than 100,000 viral infections in a single day for the first time since the start of the pandemic, and hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 have doubled in the last month as the rapidly spreading Omicron variant complicates them. government efforts to avoid a new lockdown.

More than 1 in 100 people in the Paris region tested positive last week, according to the regional health service. Most of the new infections are linked to the Omicron variant, which government experts say will be dominant in France in the coming days.

Meanwhile, an increase in Delta variant infections in recent months is pushing up hospital admissions. More than 1,000 people in France with the virus have died in the past week, bringing the total death toll to more than 122,000.

Read more from The Associated Press.

6:15 a.m. Prior to receiving his COVID-19 booster injection on Christmas Day, Keyvan Csullog handed out Tim Horton gift cards to staff who volunteered to work during the holidays at a North York vaccination clinic run by the city.

“It’s the least I can do to have them donate their personal time to help us out,” Csullog said on Saturday after rolling up the sleeve of his red and white Christmas sweater to receive his third dose at the Mitchell Community Center. Field.

She brushed aside the inconvenience of getting bitten on a holiday. “It’s one of those things, give up that time on the couch or your pajamas to do something important to yourself and to others.” It’s “hungry for lunch, then you come home and spend it with your family.”

Located at 89 Church Avenue, east of Yonge Street and roughly halfway between Sheppard Avenue and Finch Avenue, the center was one of two Team Toronto COVID-19 vaccination clinics operating during the day. Christmas as the highly contagious variant of Omicron continues to circulate and COVID-19 cases soar in Ontario. The other vaccination clinic open over Christmas was at the Thorncliffe Park Community Center. Both will be back in business on Boxing Day.

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6:05 Christmas arrived around the world on Saturday amid an outbreak of COVID-19 infections that separated many families, overwhelmed hospitals and curbed religious observances as the pandemic was set to spread into a third year. Yet there have been homilies of hope, as vaccines and other treatments become more available.

Pope Francis used his Christmas address to pray for more vaccines to reach the poorest countries. While rich countries have vaccinated up to 90 percent of their adult population, 8.9 percent of Africans are fully vaccinated, making it the least vaccinated continent in the world.

Only a few thousand supporters came for his midday speech and blessing, but even that was better than last year, when the Christmas lockdown in Italy forced Francis inside for the annual “Urbi et Orbi” (“To the city and to the world”) word.

“Grant health to the infirm and inspire all men and women of good will to seek the best possible means to overcome the current health crisis and its effects,” Francis said from the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica. “Open hearted to ensure that necessary medical care – and vaccines in particular – are provided to those who need it most. “

6 am Ontario hit a grim COVID-19 milestone on Christmas Day as the province reported more than 10,000 confirmed cases of the virus for the first time during the pandemic, according to The data released by Public Health Ontario on Saturday.

The public health agency reported 10,412 cases and four more deaths on Saturday. There have been 687,336 confirmed cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic.

Nearly half of those confirmed to be infected with the virus on Saturday were between 20 and 39 years old.

Read more from The Star’s Joshua Chong.

5h45 Australia’s most populous state reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases and a sharp rise in hospitalizations on Sunday as thousands of people self-isolate at home after contracting the virus or coming into contact with it someone who did.

A large laboratory in Sydney, located in New South Wales, said 400 people who had been told a day earlier that they had tested negative for COVID-19 had in fact tested positive. The lab’s medical director said those people had been contacted and informed of the error.

“An emergency response team is currently investigating the cause of this error, which is believed to be due to human error. We sincerely apologize, ”said SydPath Medical Director Anthony Dodds.

Doctors and pharmacists in New South Wales have said they are running out of vaccine doses amid a rush for injections over concern over the Omicron variant.

5:30 Airlines continued to cancel hundreds of flights on Saturday due to staffing issues related to COVID-19, disrupting holiday celebrations during one of the busiest travel times of the year.

FlightAware, a flight tracking website, noted nearly 1,000 canceled flights entering, departing or within the United States on Saturday, compared to 690 canceled flights on Friday. More than 250 other flights have already been canceled for Sunday. FlightAware does not say why the flights are canceled.

Delta, United and JetBlue all said on Friday that the omicron variant was causing staffing issues leading to flight cancellations. United spokeswoman Maddie King said staff shortages always caused cancellations and it was not clear when normal operations would resume. “It was unexpected,” she said of omicron’s impact on staffing. Delta and JetBlue did not answer questions on Saturday.

Read more from The Associated Press.

5 a.m. New public health restrictions come into effect in Quebec today as the number of COVID-19 cases skyrockets across the country.

The province limits private gatherings to six people or two family bubbles, after reporting more than 10,000 cases of coronavirus on Friday and 9,206 more yesterday.

The highly infectious variant of the Omicron virus has led to an increase in COVID-19 cases across much of Canada in recent weeks.

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