The latest coronavirus news in Canada and around the world Monday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

10:25 am: Ontario reported 9,418 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

There are 480 people hospitalized with the virus and 176 people are in intensive care due to COVID-19. The seven-day moving average of COVID-19 patients in intensive care is 168.

In Ontario, 26,494,532 doses of vaccine have been administered, including over 45,000 doses given on Boxing Day. In addition, 90.7 percent of Ontarians aged 12 and over received one dose and 88.0 percent received two doses.

7:47 am: Israel has started trials of a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine in what is believed to be the first such study.

The trial began at Sheba Medical Center, outside Tel Aviv, with 150 medical staff who received a booster dose in August receiving a fourth injection of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Staff receiving the extra dose were tested and found to have low levels of antibodies.

The trial took place as Israeli officials plan to roll out a second tranche of boosters to its people as the country grapples with an increase in infections with the new variant of omicron.

Professor Jacob Lavee, former director of the heart transplant unit in Sheba, said: “I hope we can show here… that this fourth booster really offers protection against omicron, which is very much needed. “

Monday 7:45 am: The Australian state of New South Wales reported more than 6,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and confirmed its first death from the omicron variant.

The fatal case has been identified as a man in his 60s who was infected at an elderly care facility in western Sydney. He was fully immunized but had underlying health issues.

New South Wales, the country’s most populous state, reported 6,324 new infections on Monday, down 70 from the previous day’s record number. There were 524 people hospitalized, including 55 in intensive care.

New measures went into effect Monday in New South Wales, including limits of one person per 2 square meters (22 square feet) at bars and restaurants and mandatory “check-ins” with QR codes at venues. ‘homepage.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the state government is considering lifting the requirement for health workers to self-isolate after being exposed to COVID-19 due to a staff shortage.

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