Four provinces reported new daily COVID-19 infection highs this weekend as Canada’s chief health officer warned that increasing outbreaks were occurring in long-term care homes and hospitals, and spreading to indigenous communities.
“These events are deeply disturbing as they put countless Canadians at risk of life-threatening diseases, cause serious disruptions to health services, and pose a serious challenge to areas that are not adequately equipped to deal with complex medical emergencies,” said Dr. Theresa Tam .
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She said federal modeling that shows the country could have 20,000 new daily cases by the end of December means “an immediate stronger response is needed to stop transmission and slow the spread of COVID-19 across the country.”
Health officials in New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta reported new one-day diagnosis peaks on Saturday – recording 23, 1,588, 439, and 1,336 new cases respectively.
Ontario hit a record daily high on Saturday with 21 new deaths. A further 1,534 cases were added on Sunday, as well as 14 deaths.
490 new cases have been reported locally in the Peel region, 460 in Toronto and 130 in the York region, Provincial Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.
Prime Minister Doug Ford announced on Friday that Toronto and the neighboring Peel region would return to lockdown from Monday, with several other regions moving to higher levels of restriction.
Quebec reported 1,154 new cases and 23 more deaths on Sunday, with the daily figure dropping from 1,189 new cases the day before.
The last major outbreak in the province was at a convent in Quebec City, where 39 nuns and 43 workers at Soeurs de la Charité in the Beauport suburbs tested positive for COVID-19.
One of Saskatchewan’s northernmost communities is struggling with the COVID-19 epidemic. Health officials said the Fond du Lac First Nation identified 63 cases on Saturday and listed over 300 as close contacts in a community of around 1,000.
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A Saskatchewan doctor says the record COVID-19 incidence should be a signal that it is time for tougher restrictions.
Saskatchewan recorded 439 new cases on Saturday, a record high in a day, and Saskatoon reported 170 new cases.
The provincial chief physician, Dr. Saqib Shahab, said everyone must cut their activities by more than half. For example, it suggests that if you do grocery shopping twice a week, limit it to once a week.
Alberta set a new one-day record of new infections for the third day in a row with 1,336 cases detected on Saturday. Officials said a large number of cases have strained the health care system and have overwhelmed contact tracing efforts as health workers do not know where most of the 11,274 active infections in the province were contracted.
New Brunswick Officials on Saturday announced 23 cases of COVID-19 in the province, setting a one-day maximum since the start of the pandemic.
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The new cases bring the number of active infections in the province to 71, and one person is hospitalized with the virus.
What’s happening all over Canada
At 12:50 ET on Sunday, Canada had 328,402 COVID-19 cases, of which 52,624 were considered active. The death rate in CBC News based on provincial reports, regional health information, and CBC reports was 11,443.
Manitoba reported 387 new COVID-19 cases and 10 additional deaths on Saturday.
The province has had the highest per capita rate of new infections in Canada for weeks. Prime Minister Brian Pallister was put on the defensive on Saturday as he spoke at the convention to members of the Conservative Progressive Party, saying that “every province west of Nova Scotia has the highest numbers in the last few days, including Manitoba.”
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“Trying to put forward the political argument that the Manitoba government missed the boat while everyone in the western world is now under attack is not fruitful – even if it was right, and it isn’t,” he said.
Nova Scotia reported eight new cases on Saturday after seeing five new cases the previous day.
Newfoundland and Labrador announced three new cases on Sunday after five new cases were reported on Saturday, the largest one-day spike in the province since April 16.
Nunavut notes a surge in new infections, reporting 25 new cases Saturday, including 22 in hard-hit Arviat and three in Whale Cove.
There are 107 active infections in the territory that just confirmed their first case just over two weeks ago.
People arriving in the Northwest Territories and Yukon are again required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Yukon reported three new cases, according to Saturday’s press release from Medical Director of Health, Dr. Brendan Hanley. The territory also expanded a public announcement for the display of the Whitehorse fitness center.
In British Columbiaa provincial public health ordinance prohibited social gatherings of any size in private homes, except between members of the same “core bubble.” The order took effect on Thursday and will be valid until midnight on December 7.
What’s happening around the world
On Sunday, there were over 58.2 million reported COVID-19 cases worldwide, of which more than 37.2 million of those cases have been cured, according to the COVID-19 tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The death toll in the world was over 1.3 million.
in United StatesThe inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden in January will be a scaled-down version of the usual traditions that will not endanger the health of Americans in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, top adviser said on Sunday.
“I think it will definitely need to be changed,” said new White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain. “Obviously, this will not be the kind of inauguration we had in the past.”
Klain said Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will continue to emphasize safe practices when they take office on Jan. 20, but won’t go into details.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, it has been confirmed that more than 12 million people in the U.S. have contracted the new coronavirus, and approximately 255,900 deaths are attributed to the infection.
South Korea will tighten physical distancing rules for Seoul’s capital and nearby areas now that the country has reported over 300 new COVID-19 cases for the fifth consecutive day, Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said on Sunday.
He said nightclubs and other high-risk entertainment venues had to close down for two weeks on Tuesday, and
Meals in restaurants late in the evening will not be allowed. Customers are not allowed to drink or eat in cafes, internet cafes and fitness centers, and the audience for sports events will be limited to 10%. Stadium capacity.
IN JapanThe daily record of confirmed coronavirus cases hit a record high for the fourth day in a row at 2508, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday.
So far, Japan has recorded fewer than 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths, avoiding the fatalities of more affected countries. But there are growing concerns about another increase.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Saturday dropped the GoTo travel campaign that encouraged travel and discounted meals, but only after many people had already booked travel for the three-day Thanksgiving weekend in Japan.
Russia On Sunday, it reports a daily increase in 24,581 new coronavirus infections, for the whole country 2,089,329.
Authorities also reported 401 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 36,179.
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India recorded 45,209 new cases on Sunday during the festival season in the capital and many other parts of the country. At least three states – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat – have introduced a curfew in many cities.
IN Australia, Victoria and South Australia eased restrictions on COVID-19 on Sunday. Victoria, who was most affected, survived 23 days without a new infection.
Wearing the mask outdoors, which until now was compulsory, is no longer required if physical distance is possible.
Masks will still need to be worn indoors and at all times. House meetings for a maximum of 15 people will be allowed, and a maximum of 50 people outdoors. Up to 150 people will be able to attend weddings, funerals or indoor services.
South Australian residents emerged from state-of-the-art closure on Saturday at midnight and can now visit bars and restaurants in groups of up to 10 people and host meetings of up to 50 people with physical distance.