Via Rail temporarily suspends London trains as Omicron takes its toll


Via Rail Canada will cut the number of trains entering London temporarily from 19 January due to the increase in the Omicron variant.

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Via Rail temporarily interrupts London trains

Via Rail is reducing the number of trains serving London from 19 January, as part of the adjustments it makes to its timetable in response to declining demand in the midst of the Omicron wave.

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The railway announced the schedule changes on Thursday. Three of the five trains on the Windsor-London-Toronto route will be dropped. The two remaining trains (# 72 and # 76) depart from London for Toronto at 10.44 and at 15.44. There is no change on the Sarnia-London-Toronto route, which departs from London at 9:54 (# 84).

Additional measures include suspending business class and alcohol service and closing business lounges. Vehicle service will still be offered to economy class passengers.

Via says the changes are temporary.

New vaccine clinics for teachers and school workers

With the return to classes looming, Loblaw pharmacies will host vaccination clinics for school staff and teachers in London on Friday.

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The Real Canadian Superstore will offer first, second and third Moderna vaccines at their West and East London locations. Beneficiaries are asked to present their board identification or proof of their employer.

The clinic, which is only by appointment, will run from kl. W can call 519-641-0959.

London area health unit reaches vaccine milestone: one million doses

The Middlesex-London Health Unit hit a massive milestone – its one millionth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine – on Thursday.

Acting Health Chief Alex Summers called it an “astonishing achievement,” citing the advances that are protecting residents from the virus and the enthusiasm of the local community.

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“Being vaccinated remains the best way to prevent serious illness as a result of exposure to COVID-19, and we hope to see even more people protected,” he said in a statement.

Efforts to get more vaccine shots into arms started at the Western Fair District Agriplex a year and 20 days ago, the health unit wrote on social media.

Joanne Vanderheyden, Mayor of Strathroy-Caradoc, and Alison Warwick, Warden of Middlesex County, joined members of the Health Unit at the Caradoc Community Center Vaccination Clinic in Mt. Brewed Thursday to celebrate the performance with a banner that reads: 1,000,000 administered doses.

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