Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World on Sunday
ManitobaThe per capita infection rate, the highest in Canada, continued to rise after the province reported 461 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death on Sunday.
Of the new infections, 299 are in the Winnipeg Health Region.
With the new numbers, the provincial government said in a press release that Manitoba’s rate of positivity testing over the past five days was now 14.5%, down from 14.3.
Hospitals across the province – which are under increasing pressure and are sending intensive care patients to neighboring Ontario – have seen 18 more people hospitalized with the coronavirus, bringing the total to 316.
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The daily infection rate in Manitoba is approximately 34 new cases per day per 100,000 population, the highest among Canadian provinces and US states. Alberta is far behind at 20.6.
Premier Brian Pallister said on Saturday the province was working on a plan to send thousands of surplus snapshots from the US state of North Dakota to Manitoba, but had been “kiboshed” by the White House, which was to approve these requests.
Meanwhile, a day after Canada officially passed the milestone of partially immunizing 50% of residents, efforts are shifting towards immunizing younger age groups.
Ontario Sunday became the last province to open vaccine appointments for children 12 and older through the province’s reservation system. Those wishing to book can do so through the provincial online portal or call center, as well as pharmacies offering the Pfizer-BioNTech shot.
The province also recorded 1,691 new cases of COVID-19, as well as 15 deaths, on Sunday.
In Quebec – which on Sunday confirmed its lowest daily increase in new cases in eight months, to 477 cases – there were long lines outside a walk-in vaccination center in Montreal that opened its doors to the group of ages 12 to 17 during the weekend.
The province will officially open its reservation system to young people aged 12 and over on Tuesday, but a spokesperson for the local health authority said officials at the clinic west of the city center had decided not to refuse. adolescents who showed up for walk-in visits.
Several other provinces have already expanded vaccine eligibility to those 12 years of age and older, including Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta.
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The efforts to target young residents came against the background of the general acceleration of the national vaccination campaign.
Canada’s chief public health officer wrote on Twitter on Sunday that more than 2.5 million Canadians received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine between May 9 and May 15. More than 19 million Canadians, or half of the national population, had received at least a first dose of the vaccine as of Saturday, although less than five percent were fully immunized with two injections.
Nationally, new cases of COVID-19 continued to evolve below the peaks of the third wave reported in mid-April, although the number of cases remained high in several provinces – as in Alberta, which on Sunday reported 563 new cases and six more deaths.
What’s happening in Canada
At 5:45 p.m. ET as of Sunday, Canada had reported 1,359,180 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 53,814 were considered active. A total of 25,231 deaths by CBC News. More than 21 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to date across the country.
In British ColumbiaThe RCMP said they fired 103 drivers during roadside checks put in place over the weekend across the province to prevent non-essential trips. A spokesperson said two drivers were charged with allegedly failing to stop for police, resulting in a fine of $ 230.
British Columbia’s travel restrictions were first announced in April as part of the province’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Premier John Horgan said on Friday that the province’s circuit breaker restrictions are expected to end on Tuesday, the same day the province plans to announce a roadmap for lifting the restrictions throughout the summer.
Saskatchewan recorded 116 new cases of COVID-19 and one death on Sunday.
Starting Monday, the province will allow some to start reserving their second vaccine.
Eligibility will relate to:
- Residents aged 80 and over.
- Patients being treated for cancer or who have received solid organ transplants.
- Those who received a first dose on or before March 1.
In the Atlantic provinces, New Brunswick added 14 new infections and officials confirmed one case at a Fredericton YMCA daycare; New Scotland recorded 74 new cases and its death toll increased by two to 79; and Newfoundland and Labrador has recorded 23 new cases – the most cases in a day since February 21 – as a cluster in Lewisporte-Summerford continues to grow.
In the North, health officials Northwest Territories unveiled new rules for sick children who want to return to classroom learning that require students with symptoms of COVID-19 even minors to be tested, or evaluated by a health care provider, before being back to school.
What is happening in the world
As of Sunday, more than 166.7 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to a tracking dashboard from Johns Hopkins University, based in the United States. The reported worldwide death toll stood at more than 3.4 million.
In Europe, British health officials have expressed optimism that the remaining coronavirus restrictions in England can be lifted in June after an official study found that the Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines provide effective protection against the variant first identified in India.
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In the AmericasBrazil’s health minister said the government was concerned about the variant of the coronavirus first identified in India after the first cases were confirmed in the South American country.
In AsiaPakistani federal authorities have reported a decrease in COVID-19 deaths and new cases and have decided to reopen tourist resorts from Monday, but only for those who have tested negative or have been vaccinated.
In Africa, Kenya’s health ministry said it was in talks with vaccine makers such as Johnson & Johnson as it sought alternatives to AstraZeneca firing after delays in shipping the drug from India .