COVID updates: What you need to know about the Omicron wave

Omicron’s quick spread is bringing brand-new constraints and issues daily. Get the current news here

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The quick spread of the COVID-19 alternative Omicron throughout Canada brings more constraints, curtailments of services and issues about scarcities daily.


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Inspect here for the current news and stories on the Omicron break out as it occurs.

1:38 p.m.

Canada will need all truckers going into from the United States to reveal evidence of vaccination beginning on Saturday as part of its battle versus COVID-19.

That might require some 16,000, or 10 percent, of cross-border chauffeurs off the roadways, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) price quotes.

The required is the very first policy procedure taken because the pandemic started that might restrict cross-border trucking traffic. Trucks crossed the border easily when the border was closed for 20 months due to the fact that they were thought about vital to keep supply chains streaming.

— Reuters

1:32 p.m.

There might be a brand-new COVID risk out there, which integrates the extremely infectious Omicron version with the more lethal Delta.

Leonidos Kostrikis, a teacher of life sciences at the University of Cyprus and head of the Lab of Biotechnology and Molecular Virology, states he discovered the mixed COVID pressure called Deltacron in 25 clients.

Critics are stating that laboratory contamination might have triggered the outcome, however Kostrikis protects his findings here. 

1:05 p.m


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12:53 p.m.

Ikea is cutting sick pay for some unvaccinated staff in the UK who are self-isolating after contact with a positive COVID-19 case.
Ikea is cutting ill spend for some unvaccinated personnel in the UK who are self-isolating after contact with a favorable COVID-19 case. Picture by REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Picture

Ikea in the UK signs up with a growing list of companies that are getting harder on unvaccinated employees.

The furnishings giant is cutting ill spend for some unvaccinated personnel in Britain who are self-isolating after contact with a favorable COVID-19 case.

Ikea states it will minimize ill pay to this group to the statutory minimum of £96.35 a week, stated the Financial Times . The policy modification was initially reported by The Mail on Sunday.

The typical pay of Ikea flooring personnel is in between £404 and £452 a week.

Individuals who have actually been double immunized in the UK are not needed to self-isolate if they have actually had contact with a favorable COVID-19 case.

Ikea has 21 shops and more than 10,000 personnel in the UK.

11:31 a.m.

The head of among Canada’s leading banks is holding a more positive tone for the financial outlook on the other side of the pandemic. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ceo Victor Dodig informed financiers that he sees customer behaviour stabilizing after the economy recuperates from the Omicron alternative wave.


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“This is something that we’ll get through in spite of the very challenging circumstances that exists in the healthcare system today … ” Dodig stated throughout the RBC Capital Markets Canadian Bank CEO Conference on Monday. “In the early going, you won’t see as much activity in the consumer side, but as the economy opens up, you can start to see that normalize …”

Dodig included that the business that bank with CIBC remain in a strong position and are actively releasing capital as they look towards the economy re-opening.

— Stephanie Hughes, Financial Post

11:02 a.m.

Omicron likewise contributed in the S&P 500’s 2 percent plunge today. Stocks are on speed for longest losing streak because September primarily due to the fact that markets are stressed over Fed rate walkings and inflation. However business cautions from Lululemon and more over the effect of the infection contributed to the sour belief.


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The TSX is down almost 300 points.

10:24 a.m.

Lululemon Athletica Inc. felt the bite of Omicron this morning when it told investors that it expects the COVID-19 variant cut into earnings for the all-important holiday season.

The yoga-wear maker had to reduce staffing and store hours during the key shopping period and now expects fourth quarter net revenue will be at low end of its its previous forecast of $2.13 billion to $2.17 billion.

Investors responded in kind and Lululemon’s stock dropped as much as seven per cent.

8:00 a.m.

Concerns are rising that COVID-19 cases will overwhelm hospitals with admissions reaching or nearing record highs in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick.

On Sunday Ontario reported 412 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units on Sunday, a jump from 385 a day earlier.


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Dr. Mike Haddad, Chief of Staff at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Ont., told Canadian Press his hospital is now seeing higher levels of COVID-19 admissions than at the peak of the first wave in April 2020.

The hospital’s previous record was 33 COVID-19 patients at one time, a figure surpassed Sunday when its 34th was admitted. Eleven of those patients are battling severe disease in ICU — “many of them on life support,” Haddad said — noting 10 of them are unvaccinated.

“What worries us is all the talk about (Omicron) as a milder variant, that’s great. But even though it’s milder, there’s so many more infections that the balance is basically washed out,” he said.

“We’re back to Square 1 in terms of having a dedicated COVID unit again, ICU’s full of COVID, surgeries cancelled, surgical staff redeployed to help deal with this.

“So to us, milder or not, it’s the same detrimental effect on the health system.”

— Canadian Press

With additional reporting by Canadian Press, Reuters and Bloomberg



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