The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 940: The story of the electric guitar, part 1

There are few instruments more powerful than the electric guitar. When the first primitive models appeared in the 1920s, no one gave them much thought. The electric guitar was brand new, unproven, and completely lacking in any kinds of traditions and gravitas enjoyed by the piano, the violin, or any number of brass instruments. Besides, unlike all the other instruments in use, they required electricity, a concept that was still quite new. Electric household appliances were just starting to catch on. Having a radio was still a new thing. But over the next 30 years, the electric guitar found its place in music, helped along by technology, the need for volume, changing social conditions, and the ever-evolving musical tastes of the public. By the 1960s, the electric guitar was regarded as one of the most powerful inventions of all time. It was the sound behind rock’n’roll and all the social and cultural changes that it created. It was the sound of freedom, power, rebellion, joy, heartache, aggression, and more. In short, the electric guitar defined music for the latter half of the 20th century–and still an essential part of popular culture. And although there have been several challenges to its supremacy over the decades, it’s not going away anytime soon. But how did this once semi-obscure acoustic instrument get electrified in the first place? Who were the inventors and promoters? What technological innovations were needed? And of all the noisemakers you could choose, how did it become the foundation of rock? This is the story of the electric guitar, part 1. Songs heard on this show:
  • Smashing Pumpkins, Rocket
  • Soundgarden, Black Hole Sun
  • U2, I Will Follow
  • REM, So. Central Rain
  • Foo Fighters, Everlong
  • Bob Marley, Jammin’
  • The Pixies, Here Comes Your Man
  • Ramones, Rockaway Beach
  • Dick Dale, Misirlou
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Evander Kane coming to Edmonton Oilers: agent

WATCH (Dec. 18, 2021): Two Vancouver Canucks games were cancelled shortly before puck drop as more players enter COVID-19 protocol on the weekend. This comes after the province has tightened its COVID-19 measures as the Omicron variant spreads. Emad Agahi has more.

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Evander Kane, a hockey player known for his goal-scoring ability as much as for his off-ice conduct.

Kane’s agent Dan Milstein tweeted the news Thursday afternoon, saying Kane will travel to Edmonton that evening.

Details of the deal were not immediately released, but Milstein said Kane will play for the Oilers for the rest of the 2021-22 season.

In a news release Thursday, the NHL announced it had concluded its investigation into Kane’s cross-border travel during the holidays.

The report found that there was insufficient evidence to “conclusively find that Mr. Kane knowingly made misrepresentations regarding his COVID-19 status or test results in connection with his international travel.”

Therefore, he was an unrestricted free agent and eligible to sign and play for any NHL club without restriction.

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Earlier this month, the San Jose Sharks took steps to try to terminate Kane’s contract, alleging he once again violated COVID-19 protocols.

Since then, rumours have been swirling around what team he might sign with or if he signs with another NHL team at all.

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When asked about Kane on Jan. 14, Oilers general manager Ken Holland confirmed he has had discussions with Kane’s agent, saying, “as a manager, it’s my responsibility to investigate every situation.”

While Holland did not express how much interest the Oilers have in Kane or what his level of interest in coming to Alberta may be, he said he believes in second chances for people if they take steps to learn from their mistakes and make changes.

It was speculation about a potential high-profile addition to the roster and not the coronavirus' impact on the Edmonton Oilers that captain Connor McDavid was asked about most at a media availability on Wednesday.

It was speculation about a potential high-profile addition to the roster and not the coronavirus' impact on the Edmonton Oilers that captain Connor McDavid was asked about most at a media availability on Wednesday.

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“Obviously Evander’s an amazing player and he’s had lots of success over the last couple of years, and whatever else has been going on is not really something that I look into much,” Connor McDavid said Jan. 14.

“Obviously there’s lots of talk going around.

“If fans don’t like it, the media doesn’t like it or whatever… I think it is what it is,” McDavid said.

“The public opinion is something that obviously matters a lot, but we’re here to try and win games and try to put together a good team on the ice and if Kenny thinks that that’s what he can do, then that’s what he can do. I think he’s got our full support in what he does.”

Over his NHL career, Kane has scored 264 goals and 506 points in 769 regular-season games. His sudden change of status as a now free agent comes as the Oilers seek to find their footing again in the second half of the season. The team started the year as one of the best in the NHL but have gone 2-9-2 since Dec. 1.

The Sharks’ move to terminate Kane’s contract, something the NHL Players’ Association has said it plans to challenge by filing a grievance, came after the team alleged the 30-year-old violated COVID-19 protocols while a member of the club’s farm team in the American Hockey League.

Kane was playing in the AHL ever since he served a 21-game suspension for a violation involving a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. In recent months Kane has faced allegations of sexual and physical abuse levelled at him by his estranged wife, who also accused him of betting on hockey games he was playing in.

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An NHL investigation found no evidence to support the allegations. Kane has denied the allegations made by his estranged wife and apologized for using a fake vaccine card.

When asked Wednesday about how Kane may impact the team given the controversies that have surfaced during his career, Oilers head coach Dave Tippett said it’s too early to look at that.

“If you think he can help your team, you analyze it and see if he can help your team, but we’re not that far yet, so I’m not jumping into that.

“If he ends up in Edmonton, then you can ask me all those questions.”

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Spotted a frost flower around B.C.'s South Coast? Here's how it was created

Weather conditions around British Columbia’s South Coast have been ideal to capture stunning photographs of frost flowers in recent days.

These frost flowers, also known as “hair ice,” look soft to the touch but they are actually brittle, thin layers of ice.

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Frost flowers spotted around the South Coast

Frost Flowers

Frost flowers spotted around the South Coast

Frost Flowers

Frost flowers spotted around the South Coast

Frost Flowers

Frost flowers spotted around the South Coast

Frost Flowers

Frost flowers spotted around the South Coast

Frost Flowers

Frost flowers spotted around the South Coast

They occur in moist conditions when the temperatures drops below freezing. They can be found in decomposing logs where the water in the log freezes and gets pushed out of tiny cracks or slits.

Most often they are found in the stems or branches of plants and trees where the ground is still moist. The moisture inside the branch or stem expands as it begins to freeze. This ruptures the sides of the stem or branch and creates cracks.

Slowly this moisture gets pushed out the cracks and freezes as it hits the cold air. The plant continues to draw moisture up from the ground and this moisture continues to get pushed out of the tiny cracks.

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The result is thin layers of ice which look like ribbon, flowers or hair. The thickness and width of this ice depends on the size of the crack or slit in the stem or branch. The ice often curls due to friction as it gets pushed out.

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SIU clears officer in connection with fatal Hamilton collision between pickup and sedan

A Hamilton police officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a fatal September 2021 crash tied to the death of a female driver in the city centre, according to Ontario’s police watchdog.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) examination involved a pair of crashes that happened around 9 a.m. on Sept. 29 not far from Gage Avenue South and King Street East.

Director Joseph Martino concluded in a report that the subject officer “did not transgress the limits of care” in a brief pursuit of a pickup truck he believed was leaving the scene of an accident.

“There is nothing to suggest any indiscretions on the part of the subject officer in the course of his very brief pursuit of the pickup truck along Highland Avenue and East Bend Avenue North,” Martino said.

“The officer was within his rights in trying to stop the vehicle after it was seen to be leaving the scene of an accident.”

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The SIU decision’s narrative described a setting in which two Hamilton police officers, on an unrelated service call, encountered two vehicles in a collision on Gage Avenue near King Street.

After telling one of the drivers to call 9-1-1, one officer noticed the pickup truck involved in the crash drive away from the scene.

The SIU said both officers briefly followed the truck along Highland and East Bend before opting to abandon the pursuit due to excessive speed and resume their previous call for service. They lost sight of the truck when it turned onto Balsam Avenue South.

“He travelled at moderate speeds with his emergency lights activated and without imperiling traffic in the vicinity,” Martino wrote in his decision regarding the officer’s actions.

“I am also satisfied that his decision to discontinue the pursuit was reasonable. By that point, the pickup truck had accelerated to dangerous speeds and it was clear that it was not going to stop for the police.”

The SIU believes the truck later entered an intersection at “highway speed” near Balsam and Maplewood Avenue where it was then involved in another collision, striking a vehicle and killing a woman.

The male driver of the truck is alleged to have fled the scene on foot.

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Gas prices expected to hit record highs across Ontario on Friday: analyst

Ontario motorists in need of a fill up at the pumps may want to top up the tank sooner rather than later, with gas prices expected to rise another two cents overnight Friday, hitting all-time highs in most major cities in the province, according to one gas analyst.

Dan McTeague, president of Canadians for Affordable Energy, says gas prices are expected to hit records of 151.9 in the GTHA on Friday, and 150.9 in other locales including Barrie, London, Niagara, Ottawa, St. Catharines, Waterloo, and Windsor.

The increase comes after a similar two-cent jump on Thursday. Prices are expected to rise further by a penny on Saturday, he says.

“We’re into new territory, unknown territory,” McTeague told 980 CFPL’s Mike Stubbs on Thursday. It marks the first time the cost of gas has risen above the $1.50 mark in London.

“I guess the factors behind it are many, but suffice it to say that this is really a glimpse of what’s to come as we speed towards $1.60, even $1.64, $1.65 come the first days of summer, the last days of spring, depending on how you look at it.”

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The price jump at the pump comes as Ontarians are already feeling the pinch to their pocketbook in other ways, such as at the grocery store and in housing. The consumer price index rose 4.8 per cent in the final month of 2021, its highest rate of increase since 1992, Statistics Canada reported last week.

The March crude oil contract hit US$88.54 per barrel on Wednesday, a more than seven-year high, before falling 74 cents on Thursday to US$86.61.

The rising cost of crude is being driven in part by decreased oil inventories and an announcement that OPEC+ will maintain current oil production targets, according to University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.

“The world is suddenly realizing after several months that we are short of supply of oil, and producers are not coming to the rescue,” McTeague said.

“I suspect that we’re going to see oil go to $100 a barrel, and it will be, of course, helped by the standoff in geopolitical tension that we’re seeing between Russia and Ukraine and other parts of the world.”

McTeague forecasts that such a price for oil would translate to an additional 14 cents per litre at the pump from where things are expected to be on Friday.

“Then we have the federal government’s ever increasing carbon tax, the first one that goes up two-and-a-half cents a litre on April 1… and then the switch over on April 15 from winter to summer gasoline,” he continued.

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The weak performance of the Canadian loonie versus the U.S. dollar also isn’t helping things either, he says.

“In the past, when we saw oil surging ahead, the Canadian dollar would also strengthen relative versus the U.S. dollar. It’s not doing that this time,” McTeague said.

The Canadian dollar traded for 78.67 cents U.S. on Thursday compared with 79.33 cents on Wednesday.

— with files from Craig Lord and The Canadian Press

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COVID-19: Another 13 deaths in B.C. as hospitalization numbers hold steady

WATCH: The provincial government hosted a virtual townhall Wednesday to address the challenges facing parents and child care operators during the pandemic. As Kamil Karamali reports, they say tonight's meeting failed to provide any firm answers.

British Columbia reported another 13 COVID-19-related deaths Thursday, as the number of patients in hospital continued to hover close to 1,000.

Health officials said there were 977 COVID-positive patients in hospital, including 141 people in critical or intensive care.

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The number of people in hospital with COVID has held within 900-1,000 range since last Friday.

Officials reported another 2,033 confirmed new cases and 29,556 confirmed active cases, however case counts are no longer seen as an accurate measure of the virus’ spread, due to limits on testing.

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As of Thursday, 86.8 per cent of all British Columbians ( per cent of those eligible) have had one dose of vaccine, 81 per cent of B.C.’s population ( per cent of those eligible) has had two doses, and 38.7 per cent of the province’s population ( per cent of those eligible) have had three doses.

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The province said its usual update on the breakdown of cases and hospitalizations by vaccine status was not available Thursday due to a delay in refreshed data.

There were new outbreaks at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and Nanaimo Seniors Village, while an outbreak at Kelowna General Hospital was declared over.

Since the start of the pandemic, B.C. has reported 318,906 total cases, while 2,588 people have died.


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Central Okanagan school district votes in COVID-19 vaccine mandate for staff

Central Okanagan Public Schools says its board of education has voted in a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for staff members.

The vote happened at Wednesday night’s public meeting, with the board voting 5-2 in favour of the mandate.

The school district said the vote occurred after a thorough debate and an extended opportunity for public comments.

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According to Central Okanagan Public Schools, the school district currently has a vaccination rate of 90 per cent of assigned staff.

The school district said it will now work with the Central Okanagan Teachers’ Association and CUPE Local 3523 to determine the rollout of the mandate, according to letters of agreement already in place between the B.C. Public School Employers Association, the BCTF and the CUPE Presidents’ Council.

The school district also said the letters of agreement allow unvaccinated employees to continue to work if they participate in a weekly COVID-19 testing program.

It also said employees who do not wish to test can take unpaid leaves for the length of the agreement, which expires June 30, unless extended by mutual agreement.

“The board of education continues to encourage those who are eligible to get vaccinated,” said the school district, “and recognizes the public health guidance that vaccination remains the best protection against severe illness from COVID-19.”

It’s believed there will be a six-week grace period before Wednesday’s vote becomes binding.

Asked about possibly losing staff members, school district superintendent Kevin Kaardal said there are concerns.

“We’re proud of all of our staff, whether they are vaccinated or are vaccine-hesitant or have chosen not to get the vaccine,” he said.

“They do great work and they offer a world-class education or provide safe spaces and we would love to keep them all.”

Kaardal said the school district is concerned “because we’re facing a bit of a shortage practically because of illness.”

“We’re seeing illness on the rise, and we’re worried about functional closures because we’re in, you know, flu and cold season.

“Plus there’s the added challenge of Omicron and so we’re watching our attendance very, very carefully.”

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U.S. calls on China to use influence with Moscow over Ukraine

WATCH: Russia says U.S. response doesn't address main security demands over Ukraine

The United States on Thursday called on China to use its influence with Russia to urge a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis, but policy experts doubted Beijing would back Washington in the standoff.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke by phone with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Beijing said it wanted all sides to remain calm and “refrain from doing things that agitate tensions and hype up the crisis.”

Blinken stressed that tensions should be reduced and warned of the security and economic risks from any Russian aggression, the State Department said.

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U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland said U.S. messages to Beijing had been very clear.

“We are calling on Beijing to use its influence with Moscow to urge diplomacy, because if there is a conflict in the Ukraine it is not going to be good for China either,” Nuland said at a regular State Department news conference. “There will be a significant impact on the global economy. There will be a significant impact in the energy sphere.”

China’s U.N. ambassador Zhang Jun said a “time-honored Olympic Truce” for the Beijing Winter Games that begin on Feb. 4 would start from Jan. 28.

“Let’s take this opportunity to promote peace, solidarity, cooperation, and other common values shared by all humanity, to make our world a better place,” Zhang tweeted.

Russia has been building up its forces on Ukraine’s borders for months and has demanded NATO pull troops and weapons from eastern Europe and bar Ukraine, a former Soviet state, from ever joining the U.S.-led military alliance.

NATO allies reject this but say they are ready to discuss arms control and confidence-building measures.

Daniel Russel, the senior U.S. diplomat for Asia under former President Barack Obama, said that while China could not be happy about the possibility of an invasion of Ukraine on the eve of the Olympics, “Wang Yi chose to defend Russia’s ‘legitimate security concerns’ rather than offer any support to Blinken.”

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Bonnie Glaser of the German Marshall Fund of the United States said Beijing could act as a spoiler to any attempts by the United States and its allies to impose costs on Russia.

“It is unlikely that the U.S. can get China on board over Ukraine. Beijing won’t endorse use of force, but it is sympathetic with Russian views of NATO. And this is not just about the Olympics,” Glaser said.

If the United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on Russia, “China is likely to take steps to mitigate their impact,” she said.

Wang, apparently referring to NATO’s expansion in eastern Europe, told Blinken that one country’s security could not be at the expense of others and regional security could not be guaranteed by strengthening or even expanding military blocs, his ministry said.

The United States has urged Ukraine and Russia to return to a set of pacts to end a separatist war by Russian-speakers in eastern Ukraine. But steps set out in the so-called Minsk II agreement remain unimplemented, with Russia’s insistence that it is not a party to the conflict and therefore not bound by its terms being a major blockage.

Rand Corporation analyst Derek Grossman said China’s version of the call with Blinken said Wang had highlighted Minsk, even though Russia had never abided by it.

“I don’t see much room for U.S.-China cooperation here, unfortunately … The U.S. would have to close the door to future NATO expansion for China to get on board, and Secretary Blinken has already stated that this is a non-starter.”

Wang said the new Minsk agreement was “a fundamental political document recognized by all parties and should be effectively implemented.” China will support efforts made in line with the “direction and spirit of the agreement,” he said.

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China strengthened ties with Russia as tension between Beijing and Washington has mounted over issues from trade to human rights, Taiwan and China’s extensive maritime claims.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit China next week for the Winter Olympics.

Russian troops invaded Georgia in August 2008 while Putin was in China taking in the opening ceremonies of Beijing’s Summer Olympics. The crisis took some Western countries by surprise.

Wang underscored the cool state of Beijing’s ties with Washington, saying that the United States “continues to make mistakes in its words and deeds on China, causing new shocks to the relationship”.

“The top priority at the moment is that the U.S. should stop interfering with the Beijing Winter Olympics, stop playing with fire on the Taiwan issue, and stop creating various anti-China cliques,” he said.

The United States, Canada, Australia and Britain have said they will not send any state officials to the Games because of China’s human rights record. China denies rights abuses and had rejected what it calls the politicization of sport.

-Reporting by Ryan Woo and Gabriel Crossley in Beijing, Akriti Sharma in Bengaluru, David Brunnstrom and Michael Martina in Washington and Michelle Nichols in New York; Editing by Robert Birsel, William Maclean and Grant McCool

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Saskatchewan organizations react to province's decision on COVID-19 protocols

During a COVID-19 update, the Saskatchewan government announced changes in COVID-19 protocols to take into effect on Friday.

The province said those who received a positive COVID-19 test result on either a PCR or a rapid antigen test will be required to self-isolate for five days regardless of vaccination status.

Those who are close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases will no longer be required to self-isolate regardless of vaccination status. Health officials also said that parents and caregivers will no longer be required to inform schools about positive test results.

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Saskatchewan Health Minister Paul Merriman was asked during a COVID-19 update on Thursday, Jan. 27, whether proof-of-vaccination mandates will continue.

“Right now, it’s in place until the end of February and we’re going to continue that with the masking, the verification and the negative tests,” he said, adding that “this is continually evolving.”

The president of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) says the government’s announcement will have significant implications for school divisions, parents, families and for school staff. But there will be some negatives and some positives that will come out of it.

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“We will be working with local medical health officials to implement these changes,” said Shawn Davidson. “We will respond to this in the same fashion as we always have.”

The recent announcement did not sit well with others. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) said the province no longer requiring reporting of COVID-19 positive cases will make things strenuous for those working on the front lines.

“We consider it highly irresponsible that they are removing the incentives for the unvaccinated people to get vaccinated,” said Rob Westfield, CUPE Saskatchewan’s Education Workers Steering Committee Chair.

“This is causing stress and anxiety for students, parents and staff alike.”

Westfield adds that the province’s decision will put Saskatchewan’s front-line workers more at risk.

“It’s putting politics above the public health and safety of both students and staff in the education system,” he said. “Not knowing if you’ve been exposed to COVID is extremely stressful.”

Each school division will be working with their own local medical health officials and SSBA encourages parents and caregivers to keep an eye out for communications from their schools.

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COVID situation stabilizing, but restrictions must be eased slowly: Quebec health director

WATCH: Quebec's new public health director held his first press conference independent of the premier since the beginning of the pandemic. Dr. Luc Boileau showed how the curve of this latest Omicron wave has been steadily declining for the past week. Raquel Fletcher reports.

The COVID-19 situation in Quebec appears to be improving, but restrictions must be eased carefully due to the fragility of the hospital system and slow uptake of vaccine boosters, the province’s interim public health director said Thursday.

Dr. Luc Boileau told reporters that the situation appeared to be “stabilizing” and that several indicators, including hospitalizations, were trending downward.

“We’re not crying victory, but it feels good to say there are things that seem to be improving,” he told a news conference in Montreal.

Quebec reported a 117-person drop in the number of people hospitalized with the virus on Thursday, and new projections released by a government health research institute suggested the province’s hospitals could continue to see a “modest” decline in the next two weeks.

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Boileau, however, dashed hopes that the positive numbers meant the province would further ease health measures immediately. He said Quebec would take a “week-by-week” approach to lifting restrictions.

The province has already announced it would loosen some restrictions on private gatherings and youth sports next week, as well as allow dining rooms to reopen at half capacity. The following week, on Feb. 7, entertainment and sports venues will be allowed to reopen at 50 per cent capacity, with attendance capped at 500 people.

Boileau said he hopes the province will be able to make further announcements in the following weeks.

But he said Quebec’s low hospital capacity, as well as a slower COVID-19 booster campaign, prevents the province from moving as quickly as other jurisdictions. England, for example, announced Thursday that it was dropping nearly all its health measures, including mandatory masking and vaccine passports.

“The number of beds and the number of availabilities and the number of personnel, also, is inferior in all proportion to what we see in other jurisdictions, including England,” he said.

Boileau said that so far, less than 80 per cent of Quebecers 60 and up have had their third COVID-19 shot. Among those 40 to 60, it’s less than 50 per cent, and among 18- to 39-year-olds, it’s only a quarter.

He acknowledged that some Quebecers were likely disappointed that COVID-19 vaccinations had not yet allowed a return to normal life. However, he maintained that mass vaccination is the best way to both protect people from severe illness and allow restrictions to ease more quickly.

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The Health Department said Thursday there were 3,153 patients in hospital with COVID-19. The number of people in intensive care dropped to 235, 17 fewer than a day prior.

The number of COVID-19 patients entering hospital has dropped by about 23 per cent over the course of a week, according to a report by a Quebec government health-care research institute. The drop, based on data collected between Jan. 15 and 21, was observed in “all age groups and all regions,” according to the Institut national d’excellence en sante et en services sociaux.

The institute projects that the overall number of hospitalized patients will continue to decline over the next two weeks, down to about 2,500, along with a “slight decrease” in the number of people in intensive care.

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The projections suggest about 170 people per day will be admitted to hospital in two weeks’ time. There were 231 admitted on Wednesday, the Health Department said.

Health officials reported another 3,956 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, although they say the number is not representative of the true level of contagion because testing is limited to priority groups. There were also 56 new deaths linked to COVID-19.

They also said 1,153 people reported testing positive on Wednesday via the province’s new platform to report rapid test results. More than 23,000 test results have been entered in the platform since it was launched two days ago.

The province’s health institute says about 92.4 per cent of Quebecers 12 and over have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 90 per cent are adequately vaccinated.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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