Newscast - Thursday, December 3, 2020

NEWSCAST - Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

Ashley Hyshka

COVID UPDATE

  • Middlesex-London is reporting 43 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, including two new deaths. London remains in the yellow - or protect - tier of Ontario’s COVID-19 framework.

  • The ongoing outbreak at the London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital continues to worsen. 45 inpatients are positive for COVID-19, including five in the ICU, and 44 staff members have also tested positive. 

  • Throughout Ontario, there were more than 1,800 new cases reported today, including 14 deaths. 600 people are currently in hospital, with 195 in the ICU. The COVID-19 hotspots are the Peel, Toronto, and York regions. Both Toronto and Peel are in their eleventh day of a 28-day minimum long lockdown. 

 

CAMPUS

  • Seven Western University alums and honorary degree recipients have been named to the Order of Canada, in a recent announcement by Governor General Julie Payette. The honourees include Olympic ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Also named is Howard Alper, for his internationally recognized leadership in science research and policy; William Fast, for his business acumen and philanthropic work in disadvantaged communities throughout Canada; Carol Pearl Herbert for her contributions to the fields of clinical and academic medicine; Michele Leering for her work in getting underprivileged and marginalized populations access to legal aid and the criminal justice system; Eliott Lifson for his leadership in the apparel industry; John E. Peller for his contributions to Canada’s wine industry; and finally, Mark Roger Tewksbury, for his athletic excellence, and equality in sports. 

 

LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL

  • In London, police are reporting a nearly 50 percent increase in thefts related to a vehicle's catalytic converter. The part costs up to $2000 to replace, and thieves often target it for the ability to sell it to scrap yards and make quick cash. The highest concentration of thefts is in the Downtown Core, along Highbury Avenue between Oxford and Brydges streets, and in parking lots around Adelaide Street South and Commissioners Road East. Police urge any citizens who’ve had their catalytic converters stolen to report to police. 

  • In a presidential show of unity, former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama have pledged to receive their COVID-19 vaccine on camera, in order to boost public confidence. Health Canada and the Food and Drug Administration are expected to announce their decision on the approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine sometime this month.This comes one day after the UK gave Pfizer’s vaccine the green light. Moderna’s vaccine has also been submitted to Health Canada for approval. 

 

WEATHER

  • Today, London will see a mix of sun and clouds and a high of three degrees, feeling like minus two with the windchill. Overnight, cloud cover will increase with a risk of scattered flurries, and the mercury will drop to zero degrees, but feel like minus six. London will see snow tomorrow, before giving way to a mostly sunny, but cold weekend.