COVID-19 update for Nov. 26: 424 new cases, three deaths | Some CERB recipients about to get notices to repay portion of the money | Liberals introduce new bill with $7.4B in pandemic aid for businesses, workers

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 26, 2021.

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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on Nov. 25:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 216,758 (3,061 active)
• New cases since Nov. 23: 424
• Total deaths: 2,316 (three additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 295
• Intensive care: 112
• Total vaccinations: 4,218,099 received first dose; 4,056,728 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 210,828
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 10

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IN-DEPTH:   Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: B.C.’s vaccine passport is here and this is how it works

COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

COVID-19: Look up your neighbourhood in our interactive map of case and vaccination rates in B.C.

COVID-19: Afraid of needles? Here’s how to overcome your fear and get vaccinated

COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

Some CERB recipients about to get notices to repay portion of the money they received

Some Canadians who received a pandemic jobless benefit are set to receive notices that they have to repay some of the aid they received last year.

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The Canada Emergency Response Benefit was rolled out at the onset of the pandemic during a historic drop in the labour market — three million jobs lost and two million people with hours cut. The government sent $2,000 payments to some recipients who applied through Service Canada as an advance on the first four weeks to help households who saw sudden loss of earnings.

The idea was to reconcile the payment at some point during the time CERB was available, which is why many who got the advance saw a break in benefits during the summer of 2020.

The government now says there are still recipients who owe some or all of the $2,000, specifically those who were not entitled to the aid or didn’t collect CERB for at least 20 weeks.

Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough says anyone who needs it will get a flexible repayment schedule and there will be no penalties or interest charged on the overpayment.

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“Canadians will not be put into financial hardship by having to repay emergency benefits they received,” Qualtrough says in a statement.

Those who owe money will get a notice from Service Canada outlining how much they owe, the process to repay, and how they can appeal the decision.

—The Canadian Press

Croatia restricts travel rules due to new COVID-19 variant

Croatia will restrict the travel rules from several countries due to the new coronavirus variant, Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic told reporters on Friday.

“We will ban arrivals from some countries or impose a quarantine of 14 days with obligatory testing,” he said.

He said the measure, which refers to the arrivals from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Hong Kong, would be formally taken later on Friday.

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— Reuters

Liberals introduce new bill with $7.4B in pandemic aid for businesses, workers

The Trudeau Liberals have outlined their latest aid package for an economy recovering from COVID-19, proposing targeted financial support to businesses still recovering from the pandemic, help for some workers, and extra weeks of benefits that expired just days ago.

The bill introduced Wednesday in the House of Commons is one of four pieces of legislation the government wants MPs to pass before the middle of December ahead of a scheduled winter break.

The Liberals are proposing to send income-support payments of $300 per week to workers who find themselves off the job because of a “COVID-19-related public health lockdown in their region” between now and spring 2022.

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Those payments would be retroactive to Oct. 24 when the Liberals decided to let a pandemic-era benefit for the unemployed expire. The Canada Recovery Benefit’s siblings — sickness and caregiver benefits — would each get revived after expiring this past weekend with two more weeks of eligibility until May 7.

Wage and rent subsidies for businesses would be more generous and targeted over that same period to still-hurting tourism, culture and hospitality sectors, as well as a long list of companies like movie theatres, arcades, casinos and gyms, so long as they can prove a deep and prolonged revenue loss.

—The Canadian Press

Update for Thursday, Nov. 25

British Columbia is reporting 424 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the active case count in the province to 3,061.

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Of the active cases, it says 295 people are in hospital with 112 in intensive care.

Over the past two weeks, the province says 301 people were hospitalized due to the virus, and about 62 per cent of them were unvaccinated, six per cent were partially vaccinated and about 32 per cent fully vaccinated.

Health officials say there have been three new deaths, which brings the overall death toll in B.C. to 2,316.

They say vaccine numbers are slowly rising, with 91 per cent of eligible people over the age of 12 having received their first dose of a vaccine and 87.5 per cent of eligible people having received a second shot.

There have been two new health-care facility outbreaks declared for a total of 10 facilities with ongoing outbreaks.

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—The Canadian Press

Scientists detect a new variant in South Africa with ‘very unusual’ mutations

Scientists in South Africa are studying a newly identified coronavirus variant of concern, stoking fears the country may face a potentially severe fourth wave that could spread globally.

The new variant, called B.1.1529 until a Greek letter is assigned, has a “very unusual constellation” of mutations, which are concerning because they could help it evade the body’s immune response and make it more transmissible, scientists told reporters at a news conference

B.1.1.529  is “clearly very different” from previous incarnations, Tulio de Oliveira, a bio-informatics professor who runs gene-sequencing institutions at two South African universities, said at a briefing on Thursday.

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—Bloomberg News


B.C. MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE COUNTS, VACCINATION RATES

Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press

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