Afternoon News: Monday, July 20, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

COVID-19 cases are once again on the rise in the Capital.

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 20 more confirmed cases Monday, following a weekend where each day saw a jump in the mid to high teens. Seven of the 20 new patients are teenagers, while five of them are in their 20’s.

83 per cent of the 2,244 patients that have contracted the novel coronavirus in the city have recovered. No new deaths were reported Monday. That number remains at 263, where it has stayed for more than three weeks now.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Ontario is reporting 135 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death from the virus Monday.

The total number of cases now stands at 37,739, which includes a death toll of 2,752. There are 33,513 cases marked as resolved.

There have now been multiple days in a row where new cases have outpaced newly resolved cases.

COVID-19 Vaccine:

Scientists at Oxford University say their experimental coronavirus vaccine produced a good immune response in its early trial on 1,000 people

The team says the vaccine produced a dual immune response in people between the ages of 18 and 55 that lasted at least two months after they were immunized.

Larger trials evaluating the vaccine’s effectiveness, involving about 10-thousand people in the U-K, South Africa and Brazil, are still underway.

Closing Arguments in Montsion Case:

Lawyers for an Ottawa Police constable charged in the death of a Black man argue his actions during the confrontation four years ago were “reasonable and proportionate.”

Closing submissions are being heard over video conference Monday in the case of Constable Daniel Montsion, who is charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in the 2016 death of Abdirahman Abdi. Montsion was one of two officers involved in an altercation with Abdi, who died in hospital the next day.

Another Stretch of Elgin To Re-Open To Traffic:

The City says another stretch of Elgin Street will open to traffic in both directions this week.

Northbound traffic will once again be able to travel along Elgin, between Catherine and Nepean Streets, starting on Friday. The full Elgin Street reconstruction project is expected to be finished in October.

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