Today’s coronavirus news: Seven Monaco players test positive ahead of Coupe de France game, Ontario changes to pandemic response take effect


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

11:40 am: Hundreds of empty, parked cars ignite in France every New Year’s Day, set on fire by young revelers, a much lamented tradition that has appeared in decline this year, which has seen only 874 vehicles set on fire.

The number of cars set on fire overnight declined from New Years Eve 2019, when 1,316 vehicles caught fire, Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter on Saturday.

Fewer arson attacks have occurred due to the massive presence of police on city streets this New Years Eve, enforcing public order and restrictions on public gatherings and wearing face masks as a infections caused by the wave of fast-spreading omicron variants, he said.

There is no information on cars burned last year due to a nationwide lockdown in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic.

9:30 am: As COVID-19 cases increase as students head home from winter vacation, dozens of colleges across the US are putting classes back online for at least the first week or so of the semester – and some are warning that it could spread for longer if the wave of infection doesn’t subside anytime soon.

Harvard is moving classes online for the first three weeks of the New Year, with a return to campus slated for late January, “conditions permitting.” The University of Chicago is delaying the start of its new term and is holding the first two weeks online. Others invite students to return to campus but start classes online, including Michigan State University.

Many colleges are hoping that an extra week or two will get them past the peak of the national peak caused by the highly contagious variant of omicron. Still, the surge throws uncertainty over a semester many had hoped to be the closest to normal since the start of the pandemic.

For some students, starting the term remotely is becoming routine – many colleges used the strategy last year amid a surge of cases. But some fear the latest change will extend well beyond a week or two.

7:30 am: Ontario has announced a series of changes to testing and isolation guidelines in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic as the Omicron variant continues to spread across the province.

Here’s what we know so far:

Previously, anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 could take a publicly funded PCR test. Now only those on an eligibility list can take a test.

This list includes people considered to be at high risk for serious illness from the virus, including hospital patients, patients in emergency departments at the discretion of a physician, and those admitted / transferred to or from hospital or the collective place of life.

Also eligible are health workers and personnel in contact with patients, residents, essential care providers and visitors to hospitals and collective living settings, such as long-term care, retirement homes. , First Nations senior care lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices, temporary foreign worker establishments and correctional facilities.

Outpatients for whom COVID-19 treatment is being considered can get tested, as can poorly housed or homeless people.

7:25 am: A year after the New Year went by without a rose parade due to the coronavirus pandemic, the flower show celebrating the arrival of 2022 was due to unfold despite a new wave of infections from the Omicron variant.

The 133rd edition of the Pasadena, Calif., Tradition was to feature actor LeVar Burton as Grand Marshal, 20 marching bands, 18 equestrian units and dozens of floats reflecting the theme of “Dream.” To believe. To achieve.

After record-breaking days of rain, forecasters promised a sunny dawn for the start of the parade at 8 a.m., which has a weird postcard weather history.

LeAnn Rimes was to kick off the parade with a performance of “Throw My Arms Around the World”. Also on the performance list were “American Idol” winner Laine Hardy aboard Louisiana’s “Feed Your Soul” float and country singer-songwriter Jimmie Allen.

The afternoon Rose Bowl parade and football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Utah Utes remained on track despite an explosion of COVID-19 infections in Los Angeles County, where the New daily cases topped 27,000 on Friday.

The county public health department said this was the highest number of new cases.

7:20 am: Seven Monegasque players have tested positive for the coronavirus, the club announced on Saturday on the eve of its Coupe de France match.

The Quevilly-Rouen second division match should still take place on Sunday.

Monaco said none of the seven players were showing any worrying signs and were not isolating themselves.

There are 12 more Coupe de France games scheduled for Sunday, with defending champion Paris Saint-Germain in action on Monday night at the third tier of Vannes.

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