Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Monday
Students in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick are returning to their classrooms on Monday – a move that comes as part of a broader easing of restrictions in the two Atlantic provinces.
PEI Premier Dennis King said earlier this month that teachers, administrators, parents and children have been “champions” throughout. distance learning, which had “brought its own challenges”. But as he announced his intention to return to in-person learning, the Prime Minister said it was time to get pupils back into classrooms.
New Brunswick began relaxing her periods late last week. Businesses that had been closed, including salons, dining rooms and gymnasiums, were allowed to reopen with capacity limits from 11:59 p.m. last Friday. Rules around gatherings, sports and recreation have also been eased as part of a wider move to a lower alert level.
On Sunday, New Brunswick health officials reported a total of 164 hospitalizations for COVID-19 – an increase of five from the previous day, with 13 people in intensive care units. The province also recorded five additional deaths.
Prince Edward IslandThe change in restrictions begins on Monday, with businesses that had been closed being allowed to open with capacity limits.
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Prince Edward Island health officials are expected to provide updated information on COVID-19 later Monday.
In New Scotland, Health officials issued a statement on Sunday saying 92 patients were being treated for COVID-19 in designated hospital wards, with 15 people in intensive care. The province also said 256 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, including people who contracted the virus in hospital and those who tested positive on arrival but admitted for other reasons. The province is expected to provide updated information on deaths and lab-confirmed cases later Monday.
Newfoundland and Labrador on Sunday said COVID-19 hospitalizations hit a pandemic high of 23, with eight people in intensive care. No additional deaths have been reported in the province, which has recorded 210 additional lab-confirmed cases.
-From CBC News, last updated at 7:25 a.m. ET
What’s happening across Canada
With lab testing capacity deeply stretched and increasingly restricted, experts say the true number of cases is likely much higher than reported. Regional hospitalization data is also evolving, with several provinces saying they will release numbers that separate the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 from those hospitalized for another medical condition who also test positive for COVID. -19.
For more information on what’s happening in your community – including details on outbreaks, testing capacity and local restrictions – click on the regional coverage below.
In central Canada, Canada’s two most populous provinces are embarking on a gradual easing of restrictions put in place to try to stem the spread of the highly transmissible variant of Omicron.
Quebec is easing some COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, including allowing restaurants to open with limited capacity and the return of small private indoor gatherings.
The province reported 2,895 COVID-19 cases in hospital on Sunday – down 80 from the previous day – including 233 people in intensive care units. Quebec health officials also reported 11 additional deaths and 2,838 additional lab-confirmed cases.
Ontario is also moving forward with a plan to ease some restrictions. Starting Monday, restaurants, gyms and theaters across the province will welcome customers today for the first time in nearly a month. Larger venues will also reopen, with capacity limited to 50% or 500 people – whichever is lower.
This is the first step in the province’s plan to gradually ease public health restrictions intended to curb the spread of COVID-19.
On Sunday, Ontario health officials reported a total of 3,019 COVID-19 hospitalizations — down 420 from the previous day — with 587 people in intensive care. The province has also reported a total of 58 deaths and 3,960 lab-confirmed cases.
In the prairie provinces, health officials Saskatchewan Sunday reported a total of 349 hospitalizations for COVID-19 – up nine from the previous day – with 39 people in intensive care. The province also reported one additional death and 1,331 additional lab-confirmed cases.
Health officials in Manitoba and alberta are expected to provide updated information on COVID-19 later on Monday.
Health officials in British Columbia, Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are also expected to provide updates on the status of the pandemic in those regions later on Monday.
-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 8:40 a.m. ET
What’s going on in the world
As of Monday morning, more than 375 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to a case tracking database maintained by US-based Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll stands at more than 5.6 million.
In the Asia Pacific region, China has detected 119 cases of COVID-19 among athletes and staff involved in the Beijing Winter Olympics over the past four days, with authorities imposing a “closed-loop” bubble to keep participants in, staff and media separated from the public.
Tokyo has launched a mass inoculation campaign for COVID-19 booster shots at a temporary center operated by the military as Japan tries to speed up delayed third shots to counter the spike in infections.
Japan began administering boosters to medical workers in December but only provided such inoculations to 2.7% of the population after delaying a decision to shorten the interval between the first two coronavirus vaccines. and a six-month booster from the first eight. On a smaller scale, people 65 and older can get vaccinated elsewhere.
In the Middle East, health officials in Iran said Monday that 30 more people had died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. The country has also reported 28,995 additional cases.
In Qatar, the Ministry of Health announced on Sunday that it has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 5 to 11.
In Europe, Russia reported a record number of daily COVID-19 cases on Monday as the Omicron variant spread across the country, authorities said. New daily cases rose to 124,070 from 121,228 a day earlier. The government’s coronavirus task force also reported 621 deaths in the past 24 hours.
The German government fell short of its goal of vaccinating 80% of the population against COVID-19 by the end of January, about a month before lawmakers are due to vote on a mandatory vaccination bill.
In the Americas, Mexico reported 131 more deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total death toll since the start of the pandemic to 305,893.
In Africa, Health officials in South Africa on Sunday reported 3,342 new cases of COVID-19 and 117 additional deaths.
-From The Associated Press, Reuters and CBC News, last updated 9:55 a.m. ET