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Britain tightens COVID-19 rules as world on alert over Omicron

The U.K. tightened up rules Saturday on mask-wearing and on testing of international arrivals after finding two cases of the new potentially more contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus as governments around the world sought to shore up their defenses. Amid fears that the recently identified new variant has the potential to be more resistant to the protection offered by vaccines, there are growing concerns that the pandemic and associated lockdown restrictions will persist for far longer than hoped.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference in London, Saturday Nov. 27, 2021, after cases of the new COVID-19 variant were confirmed in the UK. (Hollie Adams/Pool via AP)

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PART 1: Ontario long-term care company accused of leaving residents 'soiled in diapers' will get millions for new beds

Inside Orchard Villa, the military observed cockroaches and flies, noting how the smell of rotting food wafted through the hallways outside patients’ rooms.

 

PART 2: Millions in taxpayer dollars earmarked for Ontario LTC company that allegedly left residents malnourished

PART 3: Ontario allocates beds to long-term care company accused of ignoring residents as they cried hours for help

Alessandra Lamanna says she believes that her 69-year-old mother would have been alive today if the Canadian Armed Forces entered Hawthorne Place Care Centre just a week earlier.

 

PART 4: Ontario company could get millions to rebuild nursing home where resident wasn't bathed for weeks before dying

PART 5: Ontario already had tools to penalize worst​ long-term care companies, including not-for profit with ongoing issues ​

“There's all kinds of stuff in the Act to hold the homes accountable, if that was really the agenda,” she said. “They could suspend licenses; they can suspend admissions, which gets them in the pocketbook."

 

Ontario looks to increase accountability in long-term care sector with harsher fines

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