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Canadian leader Justin Trudeau invokes emergency powers to end disruptive protests; Hong Kong vaccinating 3-year-olds: Live COVID updates

Written by on February 14, 2022

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday invoked emergency powers to take away the truckers and different demonstrators who’ve clogged streets in the Canadian capital of Ottawa and blocked border crossings elsewhere to protest COVID-19 restrictions.

In invoking Canada’s Emergencies Act, which provides the federal authorities broad powers to revive order, Trudeau dominated out utilizing the army and stated the motion can be restricted in time and focused to the difficulty spots.

His authorities has been criticized for being sluggish and never forceful sufficient in responding to the disaster.

“These blockades are unlawful, and in case you are nonetheless collaborating the time to go house is now,” Trudeau stated after assembly just about with leaders of the nation’s provinces.

Earlier Monday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stated it arrested 11 individuals on the blockaded border crossing at Coutts, Alberta, reverse Montana, after studying of a cache of weapons and ammunition.

Police stated a small group inside the protest was stated to have a “willingness to make use of pressure towards the police if any makes an attempt have been made to disrupt the blockade.” Authorities seized lengthy weapons, handguns, physique armor and a big amount of ammunition.

The protest in Ottawa, now in its third week, has spurred on related actions in different elements of the nation which have blockaded varied U.S.-Canadian border crossings. Most outstanding amongst them was the important Ambassador Bridge connecting Windsor, Ontario, to Detroit, which was below an almost week-long siege that disrupted auto manufacturing in each nations.

That trucker-led “Freedom Convoy” was finally disbanded over the weekend after a decide on Friday ordered the blockade. A couple of dozen protesters who defied the order have been arrested Sunday when the final autos blocking the bridge have been towed away.

“As we speak, our nationwide financial disaster on the Ambassador Bridge got here to an finish,” stated Drew Dilkens, the mayor of Windsor.

Authorities in protest-weary Ontario stated the province will raise its COVID-19 proof-of-vaccination necessities in two weeks. Ontario Premier Doug Ford stated the choice was not a results of the protests, however reasonably as a result of “it’s protected to take action.”

Additionally within the information:

►Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a $101 million supplemental finances to spice up coronavirus testing throughout the state, present masks in quite a lot of settings and allocate extra funding for a COVID-19 emergency paid sick depart program.

►Duchess Camilla has examined constructive for COVID-19, the palace confirmed, simply 4 days after her husband, Prince Charles, examined constructive for the virus a second time. 

►Japan is contemplating easing its stringent border controls amid rising criticism that the measures, which have banned most overseas entrants together with college students and enterprise vacationers, are hurting the nation’s financial system and worldwide profile.

►Walmart will now not require absolutely vaccinated staff to put on masks whereas working in shops except mandated by native or state guidelines.

?As we speak’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded greater than 77.7 million confirmed COVID-19 circumstances and greater than 919,800 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. International totals: Greater than 412.Four million circumstances and over 5.8 million deaths. Greater than 213.8 million People – 64.4% – are absolutely vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

?What we’re studying: What’s it wish to be caught in COVID isolation through the Olympics? Bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor explains how quarantine was her biggest foe in the games. 

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‘Not a masks in sight right here’: Celebrities, followers ditch face coverings at Tremendous Bowl

California’s masks mandate for indoor public settings will likely be lifted Wednesday. A number of celebrities jumped the gun and ditched them Sunday at the Super Bowl.

The likes of NBA icons LeBron James and Magic Johnson and showbiz figures Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, Jay-Z, Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Chris Tucker and Matt Damon have been among the many well-known figures seen on digicam with out a masks at SoFi Stadium within the Los Angeles space, the place everybody age 2 and older was presupposed to put on a masks when not consuming or consuming.

Luminaries have been removed from the one ones eschewing the facial coverings. Regardless that KN95 masks have been handed out to followers attending the NFL’s championship sport, naked faces may very well be simply noticed all through the gang.

However celebrities naturally draw probably the most consideration – and outrage in these cases. Social media was replete with feedback about their lack of compliance with the principles, together with this one from a Twitter user:

“My college students all need to put on masks all day tomorrow, inside and out of doors of their lecture rooms as a result of we’re in LA County. Identical place because the Tremendous Bowl. However not a masks in sight right here.”

Hong Kong vaccinating youngsters as younger as Three years

Hong Kong will start vaccinating youngsters as younger as Three years previous to fight a report surge of infections, authorities stated Monday. The choice got here days after the dying of a 4-year previous who examined constructive there. Within the U.S., the minimal age for vaccination is 5.

Hong Kong confirmed a report 2,071 new coronavirus circumstances Monday, probably the most in a single day because the pandemic started. That quantity might greater than double Tuesday as one other 4,500 individuals examined preliminary-positive. 

Town’s medical and quarantine capability has been overloaded, forcing hospitals to order isolation wards for kids, the aged, and sufferers with severe signs, the Hong Kong Free Press reported. 

Hong Kong has adopted mainland China’s “zero tolerance” method that requires quarantines, masks mandates, case tracing and lockdowns of buildings, neighborhoods and whole cities when just a few circumstances are detected.

Loads of spiritual vaccine exemptions at rural hospitals fighting staffing 

At rural hospitals fighting a staffing scarcity, directors are grappling with vaccine opposition within the face of a brand new requirement.

Federal COVID vaccination mandates go into impact nationwide this week for hospital and nursing dwelling staff, a few of whom are turning to non secular exemptions to keep away from getting the pictures, and receiving numerous approvals.

At Cody Regional Well being in Wyoming, about 200 of the 620 staffers have requested for spiritual exemptions and most have been granted. At Scotland County Hospital in Missouri, about 25% of the 145 staff stay unvaccinated and 30 of them have obtained exemptions.

“We’re not going to have a Spanish inquisition with Torquemada deciding in case your spiritual exemption is granted or not by the Grand Inquisitor,” stated Dr. Randy Tobler, CEO of Scotland County Hospital. “For those who need to decide what we’re doing in rural America, I’d love them to come back and stroll in our footwear for a short while, simply come and sit within the desk and attempt to employees the place.”

Missouri lady makes it again after a month on life assist

A Missouri lady has survived a 108-day odyssey with the coronavirus that included two rounds of double pneumonia, 4 cases of her lungs collapsing, a bleeding ulcer, septic shock, hemorrhagic shock, an induced coma and 34 days on a life-support machine.

When Janie Pendergraft went into acute respiratory failure, typical medical intervention had already been exhausted. At 65, she was on the high of the age vary for a comeback from life assist, however as a result of she was in any other case wholesome her medical staff hoped for a very good final result. As we speak, she is fast to reward her care at Mercy Springfield, her household’s assist, the playing cards and prayers of associates.

“I don’t know why I used to be spared,” she stated. “There’s at all times hope.”

– Linda Leicht

New Jersey police union fails to dam vaccine mandate

Gov. Phil Murphy’s requirement that staff in high-risk settings get the COVID-19 vaccine – and a booster shot, once they’re eligible – survived a authorized problem Friday when a state appellate court docket dismissed a bid by New Jersey’s largest police union to dam the mandate. 

In a 34-page opinion, a panel of three judges brushed apart the New Jersey Policemen’s Benevolent Affiliation’s declare that Murphy overstepped his bounds when he declared final month that sure staff in crowded, high-risk environments comparable to hospitals and prisons – together with about 11,000 county and state corrections officers – should get vaccinated or threat dropping their jobs. 

The chief order “represents a rational and measured response to our current circumstances,” the judges wrote, including that they discovered no benefit in any of the PBA’s arguments. 

Throughout the nation, police unions from Chicago to Seattle have pushed back against coronavirus vaccine mandates. The New Jersey ruling follows a nationwide sample of police unions dropping their bids to dam vaccine mandates, together with in among the nation’s most populous areas comparable to Los Angeles and New York state

– Steve Janoski,

Contributing: The Related Press