NEWSCAST - Thursday, November 12, 2020
There were 23 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday in the Middlesex-London region, including seven recoveries, and no new deaths. Meanwhile, an outbreak has been declared at University Hospital, affecting the general medicine and orthopaedics units. There are five confirmed cases among in-patients, and fewer than five confirmed cases among staff.
Ontario sees a frightening trend as new COVID-19 cases continue to hit an all-time high; 1500 new cases were reported Thursday. The majority of cases are in the Toronto, Peel, York, and Ottawa regions.
On Thursday afternoon the province will release new COVID-19 modelling projections. Meanwhile, Premier Doug Ford said today in a press conference that the province is trying to avoid a provincial lockdown “at all costs.”
- In campus news, during Monday’s virtual NATO Youth 2030 summit, Western Alumnus Kevin Vuong was selected to assist the National Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, plan for the Alliance’s future. Vuong is one of 14 youth leaders selected from a pool of candidates from 30 countries who will share their views on security and peace. His role will take place over the next three months and Vuong was the only Canadian selected for the role.
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL
In London, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be paying health care workers at the London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care a virtual visit in a COVID-19 roundtable discussion. Kicking off at 2pm Thursday, Trudeau will also be joined by local MPs Kate Young and Peter Fragiskatos where they'll congratulate the hard work undertaken by health care workers, and in turn will hear feedback regarding the government's handling of the pandemic.
For those excited about green bins finally hitting London streets, it looks like you'll have to wait awhile longer. The rollout for the city's long-awaited curb-side organic waste pickup was slated for 2021, but is now being delayed until 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Londoners are encouraged to participate in a public consultation about the program launching in late November.
And finally, in international news, ten days after the 2020 U.S. election, President Donald Trump refuses to concede the election to President-Elect Joe Biden, alleging on Twitter that the election was rigged and plagued with voter fraud. Twitter continues to label many of his tweets as "disputed." On Thursday President Trump lambasting the media on Twitter for their alleged political bias, including once-former ally Fox News.
There will be a high of 10 degrees today in London, and mostly sunny skies. Overnight, the mercury will dip to one degree, but will feel like minus three with the windchill. Tomorrow and Saturday will see an increase in cloud and cooler temperatures, before rain and snow roll into the city on Saturday night and into Sunday. So have your rain boots and your winter boots by the front door, just in case.