Ontario and Quebec reported a record increase in COVID-19 cases on Saturday, as the total number of infections in Canada since the start of the pandemic in January exceeded 406,000.
Quebec added 2,031 new cases and 48 new deaths, while Ontario reported a further 1,859 new cases and 20 deaths.
As the number of cases in many jurisdictions continued to rise on Friday, the Health Expert Panel released updated guidelines on who should be vaccinated first against the disease.
The National Advisory Council on Immunization said provinces and territories should prioritize residents and staff of long-term care homes, Canadians over 80, and health care workers and adults in indigenous communities where infections may have disproportionately severe consequences.
An independent committee has been tasked with deciding who should be vaccinated first, although the decision will depend on individual provinces and territories as an initial batch of around six million doses of the vaccine becomes available in the first three months of 2021.
The first batch will be enough for about three million Canadians. The Pfizer vaccine, to be the first product approved for use in Canada, requires two doses.
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“All elderly adults should be given priority on initial doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines, starting with adults 80 years of age and older, and then tapering down the age limit in five-year increments to age 70 when supply becomes available.” the final directive is.
Canada’s long-term care homes have been hit hard by the new coronavirus, with thousands of deaths since the pandemic began.
Purchasing Minister Anita Anand said Canada has increased its orders with Moderna on Friday and now expects at least 40 million doses from the US company in 2021 – twice as much as previously guaranteed.
Anand said Canada is using its option to get more Moderna’s two-dose candidate, which should be enough to vaccinate nearly 20 million people.
The news of a new milestone in vaccine cases and updates came when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau noted that the number of cases was “too high”, especially in Alberta, “where numbers are rising alarmingly.”
What’s happening all over Canada
As of 11:15 ET on Saturday, the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada was 406,464, of which 70,884 were considered active. The death rate in CBC News based on provincial reports, regional health information, and CBC reports was 12,564.
Alberta reported more new COVID-19 cases than Ontario on Friday 1828. So far 590 people have died in Alberta from COVID-19. A record 533 people were admitted to the hospital on Friday, including 99 in the intensive care unit, as the province announced a positive rate of over 10 percent. Ontario’s daily count on Friday was 1,780.
The Ontario government has tightened restrictions in three public health regions. From Monday, Middlesex-London and Thunder Bay will be in the orange “restrict” level, while Haliburton, Kawartha and Pine Ridge District Health Unit will move to the yellow “protect” category.
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Quebec planned to allow family gatherings of up to 10 people on certain days during the holiday season, but those plans were canceled this week for people living in red alert zones due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
In the Atlantic, Canada New Brunswick reported two new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. Health officials said there were 98 active cases in the province.
Nova Scotia reported 15 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the province’s active cases to 117.
Prince Edward Island announced one new COVID-19 case on Thursday as Prime Minister Dennis King said PEI would not return to the Atlantic bubble until at least December 21.
Newfoundland and Labrador reported three new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the active cases to 27.
Manitoba reported nine new COVID-19 related deaths on Friday. There are 320 new COVID-19 cases in the province, and two cases have been removed from the total Manitoba cases due to data revision. There are about 361 people in the hospital, including 55 in the intensive care unit. Provincial officials say the numbers would have been much higher had it not been for the broad restrictions introduced on November 12.
Saskatchewan on Friday reported 283 new COVID-19 cases and one new disease-related death. There are 4,116 active cases known in the province, 126 of which are currently hospitalized.
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British Columbia reported 711 new COVID-19 cases and 11 new deaths in a written statement on Friday.
In the north, Nunavut reported eight new cases on Friday, all in the village of Arviat, which is subject to restrictions.
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson said active COVID-19 cases in the territory continued to decline, but it would be some time before social outbreaks officially ended. Nunavut lifted the two-week blockade on the entire territory on Wednesday.
Yukon confirmed one new case of COVID-19 on Thursday, while Northwest Territories no new cases were reported.
What’s happening around the world
On Saturday morning, there were over 66.1 million reported COVID-19 cases worldwide, of which more than 42.5 million were healed or resolved, according to a tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University in the US. The death toll in the world was over 1.5 million.
IN south asia, Haryana, India’s Minister of Health said on Saturday that it tested positive for COVID-19, two weeks after receiving the first dose of a home-made COVID-19 vaccine during a phase 3 trial.
I have been tested positive for the coronavirus. I was admitted to the Ambala Cantt Civil Hospital. We advise all those who have had close contact with me to undergo a crown test.
Anil Vij, 67, offered himself last month to be the first volunteer for the COVID-19 vaccine from Bharat Biotech, Covaxin. The studies he participated in were double-blind and randomized, meaning half of the participants received the vaccine and the other half received a placebo.
Moscow launched a limited introduction of the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. People in high-risk groups, such as health care professionals, could pre-register to get an injection at clinics from Saturday. Sputnik V is one of two vaccines made in Russia to receive regulatory approval despite ongoing clinical trials.
in AmericaThe US had to place orders for the coronavirus vaccine on Friday as many people reported record infections.
The number of Americans hospitalized for COVID-19 hit an all-time record in the United States on Thursday at 100,667, according to the COVID Tracking Project, a voluntary organization that collects data from coronavirus testing in the United States. This number has more than doubled in the past month, while new daily cases averaged 210,000 and deaths averaged 1,800 a day, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
in Near EastIran’s total deaths from the coronavirus surpassed 50,000 on Saturday, and more than a million people have been infected, although transmission rates in the most affected country in the Middle East have declined, state television reported.
Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, shopping malls, and several other businesses have reopened after a two-week closure after a 10 percent drop in infections in recent days.
President Hassan Rouhani warned of complacency, saying the country was headed towards 500 deaths from COVID-19 every day.
turkey entered its first full weekend lockdown since May after coronavirus infections and deaths hit record highs in recent days.
The country saw 32,736 new cases on Friday, the highest number since the start of the pandemic in March.