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COVID-19 vaccination campaign begins in Montreal and Quebec



The start of the COVID-19 vaccination operation on Monday raised hopes of a return to normal among residents of the Maimonides Geriatric Center in Côte-Saint-Luc, in the greater Montreal area. A craze that was less felt among the staff, less than 40% of the members volunteered to be among the first to receive the injection.

In the Capitale-Nationale, Gisèle Lévesque, 89, resident of the Saint-Antoine residential and long-term care center (CHSLD), has become the first person in the country to receive the vaccine, confirmed the office of the Quebec minister. of Health, Christian Dubé. The facility where she lives has been battling a COVID-19 outbreak since last week.

The vaccine therefore arrives perhaps too late for the father of Nathalie Auclair, 93, who also lives at the CHSLD Saint-Antoine and who received a positive result Thursday. He was moved to another residence in Quebec City with other patients with COVID-19. “I find it just boring that we were close to the goal, that this center was spared and that at the last minute, there may be residents who will not have this vaccination,” confided Mme Auclair at Duty. However, she wonders if she and her family would have agreed to have her father vaccinated or if they would have preferred to offer both doses to someone with a better quality of life.

As with staff, the vaccine is not compulsory for residents of centers for the elderly. At the CHSLD Saint-Antoine, two people could not be vaccinated on Monday because of constraints related to their health.

On the metropolitan side, Gloria Lallouz, 78, left the CHSLD, coat on her back, with the help of attendants, who pushed her wheelchair. Immediately, the first Montrealer to be vaccinated against COVID-19 captured the attention of the many journalists posted in front of the establishment, stealing the limelight from the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, in the midst of the press melee.

“This is a great historic day for Quebec. It’s a great marathon we’ve been doing for nine months. We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, ”the Minister was saying.

At her side, the Federal Minister of Health, Patty Hajdu, confessed to having shed a few tears during the small ceremony, where the media were not admitted, during which this first Montreal elder received the vaccine promised by her government. “I cried, too,” added his provincial counterpart, Christian Dubé.

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A few hours earlier, around 10 a.m., a UPS delivery company truck approached the huge seven-story building surrounded by journalists. On board, two boxes containing a total of 1950 doses of vaccine intended to provide a first injection this week to as many people, residents of the center or employees. On Monday, a few doses were taken out of the freezer keeping the new vaccine at -80 ° C to immunize the very first Montreal patients.

In all, Quebec intends to administer the vaccine to 4,875 people over the next few days, 60% in Quebec and 40% in Montreal. And with subsequent deliveries, the government estimates it will be able to vaccinate more than 50,000 people by January.

“The vaccine will change our lives,” enthusiastically Sherry Katz, whose mother has lived in the CHSLD for four years and who should, she hopes, receive the vaccine as early as Tuesday.

It is a great historic day for Quebec. It’s a great marathon we’ve been doing for nine months. We start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Mme Katz had to be tested several times to be able to visit her mother, and especially had to stop any activity that would put her at risk, in order not to transmit the virus to her. “From the start, I stay at home, I don’t do anything anymore. I’m going outside, but that’s it. “

Same story with Sharron Shinker, who moved close to CHSLD Maimonides to take care of her 96-year-old mother, for whom she is very worried given the recent news of outbreaks. “I am very excited for her. It will give him the chance to spend another winter! “

Voluntary basis

Like his mother, 95% of CHSLD residents agreed to be the first to be vaccinated against COVID-19. On the other hand, less than half of the centre’s employees were eager, according to Francine Dupuis, director general of the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center of the Center-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.

“Thirty-five to 40%, or 500 employees, said a firm yes [au vaccin]. Others said: “Yes, but not now, we want to wait for a second wave to see how people will react”. […] As we will receive many other vaccines in the following weeks, they can register a little later. “

The fact that many employees do not want to be among the first to be vaccinated does not worry the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé either. “It’s a bit early to put a number. We have always said that we wanted to work on a voluntary basis. I would let several hours go by to see how things go. In addition to residents, all people who come into contact with patients are considered to receive the vaccine as a priority. Employees from other CHSLDs will, for example, be called upon to come and be vaccinated at the CHSLD Maimonides. The government of Quebec is studying a way to offer the vaccine to family caregivers as a second step.

Thirty-five to 40%, or 500 employees, said a firm yes [au vaccin]. Others said:
“Yes, but not now, we want to wait for a second wave to see how people will react”.

This news would be welcome in Quebec. For Manon Couturier, whose 79-year-old mother lives in a CHSLD, the vaccine is a beacon of hope that ends a difficult year. “COVID stole our time because my mother was still seeing her children and grandchildren,” she said. We had great family reunions before COVID and now we can’t do that anymore. So that would be more of a return to normal for everyone. “

Images of the first person vaccinated were provided by the Government of Quebec. Several media asked to attend this event, but Public Health refused, citing the fact that the establishments in question were outbreaks.

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18,000 people evacuated due to floods in Australia




The situation is worsening due to the heavy rains on the east coast of Australia. Nearly 18,000 people stranded in floods in New South Wales have been evacuated and taken to safer places.

In the state capital Sydney and southeastern Queensland, the water level of rivers and dams has increased.

Officials have said that ‘this situation created for the first time in 50 years’ can persist for several weeks. The administration has asked people to take precautions.

The country’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has offered financial assistance to those forced to leave home.

New South Wales premier Gladie Berejiklian told that no one has lost her life till late Monday. He said that “like circumstances, it is like a miracle”.

But there has been a huge loss in the affected areas. 25 million Australians live in these areas.

Berejiklian said that many of the communities that had been affected by the floods were affected by wildfires and drought in the previous summer.

He said, “I don’t know that in such a short time between an epidemic in the history of the state, such bad weather conditions have been created.”

Emergency services conducted at least 750 rescue operations. Which includes evacuating people trapped in cars. A family stranded in the flood was evacuated with the help of a helicopter.

Rescuers also rescued a family trapped with a newborn baby in a house off the western side of Sydney.

Australia’s Meteorological Department says that rainfall up to 900 mm in some areas is ‘extraordinary’.

Most concern was expressed for the lowlands of northern and western Sydney, the NSW Central Coast and the Hawkesbury Valley.

What happened so far?

New South Wales is devastated due to floods. 15 thousand people were evacuated from the state’s Mid-North Coast and 3 thousand people were evacuated from Sydney to safe places.

Roads have been cut due to swollen rivers and about 150 schools had to be closed on Monday.

Many animals have died, in flood affected areas, animals are seen floating in the water and the windows of the houses are full of water.

A young couple had a wedding on Sunday, but they saw their home in Sydney’s north on the same day in floods.

Flights have been canceled due to flooding on the runway of the airport, about 17 km from Sydney.

According to officials, a small tornado occurred in the western part of Sydney on Saturday, causing landslides and damage to homes.

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Germany Top virologist warns COVID rates to spike again




Berlin: Germany’s top virologist Christian Drosten warns that the situation may once again deteriorate there. He says that once again the impact of the Kovid-19 epidemic in Germany can be seen as Christmas. Let me tell you that Dr. Drostston is one of the few experts in Germany whose words have an impact on the decisions of the government. In the beginning of the Kovid-19 epidemic and later also, the German government took steps to prevent it by taking advice from them. In this context, the importance of his statement has increased significantly.

They even say that the third wave of Kovid-19 is seen in Germany. For this, they have insisted on rapid vaccination. In response to questions raised on the AstraZeneca vaccine, Dr. Drostan has said that the formation of blood clots is a concern among those taking the vaccine, which should be taken seriously.

Doctor Drostan says that the B-117 variant of the Kovid-19 could hit the country hard. It is necessary to rein this soon. Due to this, cases of corona virus infection are increasing rapidly in the country and this can be a alarm bell. According to him, the first case of this variant was encountered in Britain and it was difficult to prevent it. In view of the increasing cases in Germany, he has warned the government that in the wake of the Kovid-19 cases, there may be a Christmas-like situation in the country. According to him, there was a tremendous increase in cases in Germany after Easter last year.

The online edition of the German newspaper Dieche Welle notes that Drosten of Berlin-based Charity University Hospital has played an important role in tracking and tracing cases of Kovid-19 in the past. He has said that cases of this variant of Britain have increased threefold in Germany. He has said on the basis of various research that this new variant of the virus that came from Britain is more dangerous as well as more dangerous. According to the figures of Germany, on Wednesday there are 13435 new cases there and their number has reached 2594764. At the same time 73905 have died in Germany.

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New twist in the case of forced conversion of Hindu girl in Pakistan




A court in Sindh province in Pakistan has sent a Hindu girl to a child protection center in the case of alleged forcible conversion.

The girl has said in her statement in front of the court that she has changed her religion without any pressure from her will. On the other hand, the girl’s father alleges that some people took her (girl) away, after which she has been forced to convert.

The girl was produced on Wednesday in the court of Civil Judge Munavvar Pirzada of Tangwani, Tehsil, Kashmarkot, North Sindh with police protection from the shelter home, where the court recorded the girl’s statement.

The girl says that she has changed her religion by reaching the Dargah Bharchondi on her own and now her name is Umme Hina. The girl has also said in her statement that there was no pressure on her to change religion.

Advocate Abdul Ghani Bijrani, on behalf of the girl’s parents, requested the court that the girl is a minor. Advocate Abdul Ghani has also requested the court to set up a medical board to find out whether the girl has been raped.

Remember that Sindh is prohibited from marrying under 18 years of age. If someone marries under the age of 18 or helps in getting married, a case can be filed against him.

Advocate Abdul Ghani Bijrani has alleged that the Nikahnama (marriage certificate) is not being presented due to the Sindh Child Marriage Restaurant Act (Prevention of Child Marriage Act). Therefore, they have requested the formation of a medical board.

A written request also states that the matter should be transferred to the Anti-Terrorism Court. According to the lawyer of this case, Abdul Ghani Bijrani, the crime of kidnapping of minors comes under Section 364 of the ATA. Therefore, by including it in the FIR, the case should be conducted in an anti-terrorism court.

The lawyer also said that the girl cannot live with non-maharams (people from whom the curtain is necessary). Therefore, she should be handed over to her parents or she should be transferred to the children’s shelter home, after which the court has ordered the girl to be shifted to Sukkur shelter home.

Advocate Saeed Ahmed Bijrani appeared on behalf of Pir of Bharchondi, who later told reporters that the court met the girl and her parents in private, after which the statement was recorded. He has claimed that the girl said that she wants to go to Pir of Bharondi, so that she can continue her Islamic education.

According to advocate Saeed Ahmed, he has also made the same request that the girl be sent to the Dargah Bharchandi. Because it is an ‘important Islamic institution’. But the court has ordered that the girl will be sent to the child protection center till the police investigation is completed.

‘Kidnapped in white car’

The girl’s father Takht Mal had lodged an FIR with the Tangwani police station that at 4 pm on March 9, a white colored car stopped outside his house, out of which five others including Mushtaq, Bhoral came out. He had a pistol and scared everyone so that no one would protest, they would take the girl and marry her to Mushtaq.

According to the FIR, Mushtaq “grabbed the 13-year-old girl by her arm and took her along and rode in the car and left”. The father suspects that his daughter has been kidnapped for marriage.

After this case, a video went viral on social media. In which the Pir of Dargah Bharchandi is sitting on the bed and the girl is sitting on the ground and people are standing around, all of whom are men. Pir recites the verse and the girl repeats them in a slow voice, then Pir rotates the note over the girl and hands it to her disciples.

The girl was produced in court on Tuesday along with Pir’s supporters of Bharchandi without the knowledge of her parents. Due to the absence of the plaintiff’s parents, the court adjourned the hearing till Wednesday.

The girl was kept in a decaying safe house. Where the video of the presence of devotees of Dargah Bharchandi and bringing food also went viral on social media. According to reports, when the girl’s father and mother went there to meet, they were allegedly not allowed to meet.

These videos are being severely criticized. Pakistan People’s Party leader Sukhdev said that the girl has been forced to convert. She further said that she is personally looking into the matter and is in touch with Shehla Raza, Minister of State in the Ministry of Women Development.

Apart from the Hindu community in Kandkot, political parties have also protested against the alleged abduction and conversion of the girl.

After the debate on social media and news in the media, the incident of fire in the girl’s house has also come to light three days ago. Speaking to the BBC, the girl’s cousin Shehzad alleged that around four o’clock in the night, four people came, threatening the girl’s father to keep quiet and not to contact the media.

According to Shahzad, he set fire to the dry grass kept there, due to which the house was also engulfed in flames. According to Shahzad, this was his uncle’s only home, which was rented.

According to Shahzad, his uncle lives by selling tea biscuits. SSP Amjad Sheikh told the BBC that the arson claim is not true. According to him, the digchi was kept on fire. Due to which some things were burnt due to fire and now a police post has also been built there. Shahzad said that after this incident a police post was established there.

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