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#15501 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 12:00 AM

The province is poised to ease COVID-19 restrictions starting Tuesday, based on increasing immunizations and declining numbers of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

“We are in a good place now to slowly start moving ahead,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, who presented new modelling on Thursday that she says supports going to the second stage of the province’s four-step restart plan.

That stage will see travel restrictions within the province lifted, outdoor gatherings expanded to up to 50 people, movie theatres reopened and liquor service in bars and restaurants extended to midnight from 10 p.m. Spectators remain banned for indoor sports activities, but up to 50 are allowed at outdoor events.

Health Minister Adrian Dix stressed that restrictions remain in place until Tuesday, and said the third stage — where limits on personal gatherings and restaurant dining are removed and Canada-wide recreational travel is permitted — won’t kick in any earlier than July 1.



https://www.timescol...sday-1.24329336

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 02:00 AM

garbage article.

 

 

 

 

B.C. is exploring the idea of requiring staff in long-term care homes to be vaccinated to keep residents safe.

 

“We’re looking at all of the options around how do we ensure that residents in long-term care are protected to the fullest extent possible,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. “Part of that will be ensuring that people who work in long-term care are immunized.”

 

Henry said the province is looking at how to deal with any obstacles staff might face to being immunized.

 

She noted that there have been a few outbreaks in long-term care homes — including a couple where COVID-19 spread rapidly — despite most residents and staff being immunized.

 

An order requiring care staff to work at only one seniors home remains in place.

 

https://www.timescol...omes-1.24329381

 

 

 

 

 

once again the article fails to address the question we are all asking.  what percentage of workers are refusing the vaccine?

 

"looking at how to deal with any obstacles staff might face to being immunized".   that is also silly.   the only obstacles are outright refusal - which is expected in up to 20 or 30% of the population.  and some workers are likely "undocumented" (probably not the direct patient care staff but cleaners etc.) and do not want the paperwork that goes along with registration for the vaccine.


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Posted 11 June 2021 - 07:10 AM


That stage will see travel restrictions within the province lifted, outdoor gatherings expanded to up to 50 people, movie theatres reopened and liquor service in bars and restaurants extended to midnight from 10 p.m. Spectators remain banned for indoor sports activities, but up to 50 are allowed at outdoor events.

 

So much for sleeping with the window open now :(


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Posted 11 June 2021 - 07:26 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Mayo Clinic researchers and colleagues at the University of Minnesota showed that COVID-19 exacerbates the damaging impact of senescent cells in the body. In preclinical studies, the senolytic drugs discovered at Mayo significantly reduced inflammation, illness, and mortality from COVID infection in older mice. The findings appear in the journal Science.
 
Senescent cells (damaged or non-functioning cells that persist in the body) contribute to many aspects of aging and illness, including inflammation and multiple chronic diseases. Based on the "Amplifier/Rheostat Hypothesis" of senescent cells developed at Mayo, the researchers sought to discover how COVID-19 causes much higher mortality in the elderly and chronically-ill. They showed that human senescent cells have an amplified response to the SARS spike protein, provoking increased production of factors causing inflammation and tissue damage by senescent cells.
 
The researchers also found that older mice infected with viruses, including a coronavirus related to SARS-CoV-2 using a model developed at University of Minnesota, showed an amplified reaction, with increased senescent cells, inflammation, and nearly 100 % mortality. When the researchers treated similar mice - before or after the infection - with senolytics, drugs that selectively remove senescent cells from the body, the result was the opposite. Anti-viral antibodies increased, while signs of inflammation and senescent cells significantly decreased along with mortality, so survival of the old, infected mice became more like that of younger mice.

https://www.eurekale...c-src060821.php
 

Some 3,000 junior doctors in India who resigned last week amid the country's ongoing COVID-19 crisis are now back on the job after reaching an agreement with the state government to increase their pay.
 
The junior doctors -- a position equivalent to resident physicians in the U.S. -- announced on Twitter that their state government has promised to meet their demands, including a raise in stipends. Originally, the physicians from Madhya Pradesh, a central Indian state, demanded their stipends increase by 24%; after negotiations, they agreed to a 17% hike.
 
The victory marks the first pay increase junior doctors from Madhya Pradesh have received in 3 years, despite earlier promises from the government.
 
The strike began on May 31. Four days later, a court ordered the physicians back to work, but some 3,000 of them quit instead, according to reports. After a meeting with the medical education minister of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday evening, the junior doctors ended their strike this past Monday, June 7.

https://www.medpaget...xclusives/93026
 

In a bid to spread awareness about COVID-19 vaccinations in a district in India's Madhya Pradesh state, police have started publicly shaming individuals by putting stickers on their body if they haven't been vaccinated.   
 
The police in Niwari District have settled on this method of warning everyone around, while they carry out their roadside checks.
 
Those, who have not been vaccinated are made to wear stickers with the sign of a skull on and the message which reads "Mujhse Dur Rahein, Maine Abhi Tak Corona Ka Tika Nahi Lagwaya” (Stay away from me, I haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 yet.)

The individuals are also made to read the message aloud and pledge that they will get vaccinated within two days.

Officials are also rewarding those who have been vaccinated by giving them an Indian tricolour badge and a message in the Hindi language which reads: "I am a true patriot because I have been vaccinated."

https://sputniknews....people---video/
 

This is the deadliest year in U.S. history, with deaths expected to top 3 million for the first time — due mainly to the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Final mortality data for this year will not be available for months. But preliminary numbers suggest that the United States is on track to see more than 3.2 million deaths this year, or at least 400,000 more than in 2019.
 
U.S. deaths increase most years, so some annual rise in fatalities is expected. But the 2020 numbers amount to a jump of about 15 percent, and could go higher once all the deaths from this month are counted.
 
That would mark the largest single-year percentage leap since 1918, when tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers died in World War I and hundreds of thousands of Americans died in a flu pandemic. Deaths rose 46 percent that year, compared with 1917.

http://www.ecns.cn/n...ct7387635.shtml
 

After more than a year of living through the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, last weekend thousands of Bitcoin fans descended on Miami for Bitcoin 2021, a massive conference celebrating the cryptocurrency that was attended by big names such as Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey. 
 
The lavish event was the first major in-person conference in the US since the start of the pandemic. It was a signal that Bitcoin hasn't gone away, the good life in America hasn't gone away, and as numerous attendees may have discovered, COVID-19 hasn't gone away, either. On Thursday, Twitter was flooded with tweets from people saying they contracted COVID-19 while attending the conference in Miami, or know people who did, or wishing the sick to get well soon. Others advised that any attendees get tested. In short, people are freaking out.
 
“Looks like I’m joining the BTC Miami covid list,” tweeted Luke Martin, host of the Profit Maximalist Podcast. “It turns out that attending packed events to discuss number-go-up technology does increase the chance of getting sick.” Martin blocked a Motherboard reporter who requested comment via Twitter DM, and deleted his initial tweets about contracting COVID-19 at the conference.

https://www.vice.com...n-2021-in-miami
 

As demand for Covid-19 vaccines declines across the country, unused Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses are piling up on state shelves, leaving state officials increasingly concerned that the lack of a coordinated federal plan to redistribute them means hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of doses will go to waste.
 
The buildup of doses is largely a result of the Food and Drug Administration's order in early April pausing distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of safety concerns. Enthusiasm for the one-dose shot was dampened after the 11-day pause, according to state officials.
 
State officials are aware that people in other countries are eager to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, said Dr. Marcus Plescia, medical director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.
 
Plescia described a growing fear among his members that Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses, which are coveted in the developing world, could go to waste if no national effort emerges.
 
"I think people feel ethically that you've got other countries with no vaccines and in dire shape," Plescia said.

https://www.nbcnews....piring-n1270038



#15505 lanforod

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 07:32 AM

So much for sleeping with the window open now :(

 

You need to move to Sooke. 



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Posted 11 June 2021 - 07:46 AM

You need to move to Sooke. 

 

God no.


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#15507 Redd42

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 07:52 AM

So much for sleeping with the window open now :(

 

Ear plugs



#15508 Barrrister

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 08:07 AM

Move to Oak Bay



#15509 Mike K.

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 08:22 AM

With its highest per-capita murder rate in all of Greater Victoria?
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Posted 11 June 2021 - 08:28 AM

Move to Oak Bay

 

Trying to figure out how to not end up in Langford :D


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#15511 Mike K.

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 12:28 PM

Median age of 24.

A higher-than-expected number of young men have experienced heart inflammation after their second dose of the mRNA COVID-19 shots from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, according to data from two vaccine safety monitoring systems, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday.

The CDC and other health regulators have been investigating heart inflammation cases after Israel’s Health Ministry reported that it had found a likely link to the condition in young men who received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.


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#15512 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 01:51 PM

ALBERTA: 170 new cases    

 

 

 

Alberta dips below 300 COVID-19 hospitalizations, province reports 170 new cases

 

https://www.lacombee...-170-new-cases/


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#15513 Barrrister

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 07:08 PM

Sebbery: Simple, marry rich. While you might not have a happy marriage you can be guaranteed a great divorce.



#15514 tanker

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 08:19 PM

The white Boy summer is in full effect. We are mere weeks away from mass mask burning parties. So far my party has over 150 RSVPs.
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Posted 11 June 2021 - 09:23 PM

I’m good for about 45 staff members that will be doing the same. It’s going to get hot and busy, and masks make that awful.

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 07:32 AM

People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier was arrested after appearing at a sparsely attended rally against COVID-19 restrictions in a southern Manitoba village on Friday afternoon.
 
Radio-Canada's Laïssa Pamou, who was covering the event, said the rally in St-Pierre-Jolys, which is about 57 kilometres south of Winnipeg, saw no more than 15 people in attendance. After the event ended, Bernier got into a vehicle to head to a rally in nearby St. Malo, another small, rural community.
 
That's when he was pulled out of the vehicle by Mounties who handcuffed him and put him in the back seat of an RCMP vehicle. 
 
Bernier spoke to Radio-Canada shortly before he was detained and said he got a ticket for violating public health orders at a rally in the nearby town of Niverville earlier Friday. He did not say how much he was fined — just that he planned to
fight it.

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For the first time in two decades, the number of children being put to work has risen – to 160 million worldwide, representing an increase of 8.4 million over four years – while millions of other are at risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new UN report launched on Thursday.
https://news.un.org/...2021/06/1093682

The COVID-19 pandemic has made more people vulnerable to modern slavery and caused an increase in worker exploitation and child labor around the world, Keele researchers have found.
https://phys.org/new...ted-covid-.html

Saudi Arabia has restricted the annual Haj pilgrimage to citizens and residents and set a maximum of 60,000 pilgrims in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://www.channeln...vid-19-15000396

Putin honors Gamaleya Center’s staff for developing Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine
More than 30 of the center’s staff members were decorated with medals of the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland", Second Class
https://tass.com/society/1302039
 

Johnson & Johnson was informed by the US Food and Drug Administration that millions of doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced at a troubled plant can't be used because of possible contamination issues.
 
In a Friday statement, the FDA said “several” batches of vaccine manufactured at the Emergent BioSolutions facility in the city of Baltimore are not suitable for use. Each batch is known to correspond to several million doses.
 
Neither the agency nor J&J revealed the precise number of doses, but the New York Times placed the number at 60 million, quoting people familiar with the matter.

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#15517 Barrrister

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 09:55 AM

Someone was saying that there has been a Covid outbreak at the Penny Farthing in Oak Bay, four staff and one customer so far.

 

Can anyone confirm if this is true?



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Posted 12 June 2021 - 10:07 AM

Confirmed there has been an exposure. Island Health is not releasing details, neither is the pub.

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#15519 Barrrister

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 02:53 PM

Reminder that it is still not safe out there.


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Posted 12 June 2021 - 03:10 PM

It was on the CHEK news cast it’s true the Penny Farthing https://www.cheknews...-2021-2-818339/

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