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What is this new coronavirus variant in South Africa?

South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. It’s unclear where the new variant actually arose, but it was first detected by scientists in South Africa and has also been seen in travellers to Hong Kong and Botswana.

People wait to get vaccinated at a shopping mall, in Johannesburg, Nov. 26, 2021. Advisers to the World Health Organization are holding a special session Friday to flesh out information about a worrying new variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in South Africa. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

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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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