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The infections in the two camps that house a total of around 120,000 refugees were the first confirmed cases since the pandemic was first reported in the kingdom last March.

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Police in Quebec can issue fines to those refusing to wear masks when obligatory

People gather at a park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Quebec has 60% of all virus deaths -- and about two-thirds of those are in the Montreal region. Photographer: Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg ORG XMIT: 775514366
People gather at a park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Photo by Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg

Quebecers could face hefty fines starting Saturday if they aren’t wearing a mask in places the province has deemed it mandatory due to COVID-19.

Police will be able to hand out tickets ranging between $400 and $6,000 for those who don’t have a face covering in indoor public spaces or public transit.

The province announced its intention to introduce fines earlier this week, with a ministerial decree being adopted Friday.

The decree specifies that a face covering is understood as a “mask or tightly fitting cloth that covers the nose and the mouth.”

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AstraZeneca resumes UK trials of COVID vaccine halted by patient illness

AstraZeneca has resumed British clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine, one of the most advanced in development, after getting the green light from safety watchdogs, the company said on Saturday.

The late-stage trials of the experimental vaccine, developed with researchers from the University of Oxford, were suspended this week after an illness in a study subject in Britain, casting doubts on an early rollout.

“On 6 September, the standard review process triggered a voluntary pause to vaccination across all global trials to allow review of safety data by independent committees, and international regulators,” AstraZeneca said.

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