Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World Tuesday
Saskatchewan’s mask mandate could be lifted as early as mid-July, the premier said on Tuesday, as Alberta announced further easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe made the announcement of the mask as he confirmed Stage 2 of the province’s reopening will begin on June 20.
Under Stage 2, there will no longer be capacity limits for retail or personal care services, restaurants or bars, but physical distancing would still be required.
The mask order will only be lifted after three weeks have passed since the start of Stage 2 of Saskatchewan’s plan to reopen, and three weeks have passed since 70% of people aged 12 and over turned received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Even after the masks are no longer needed, “everyone should do what they feel comfortable doing,” Moe said.
Saskatchewan reported one new death on Tuesday and 86 new cases of COVID-19. Sixty-six percent of Saskatchewan adults have now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Starting tomorrow, people aged 65 and over, or those who received their first dose by March 22, will be eligible for a second dose.
WATCH | The optimism of the Albertan doctor tempered by caution about the speed of opening:
Meanwhile, next to AlbertaPremier Jason Kenney announced further relaxation of public health measures and an acceleration of second doses of the vaccine rollout.
“Every Albertan who has received their first dose of vaccine will be able to make their second dose appointment by the end of June,” he said Tuesday afternoon. Kenney said he believes everyone could be fully vaccinated by the end of the summer.
More than 63 percent of Albertans have received a first dose of the vaccine, and nearly three-quarters of Albertans over 75 have been fully immunized with two doses.
Alberta on Tuesday reported 209 new cases of COVID-19 – the lowest number in the past five days – and one additional death.
-From CBC News, last updated at 6:00 p.m. ET
What’s happening across Canada
As of 6:20 p.m. ET, Canada had reported 1,383,215 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 31,164 considered active. The CBC News death tally stood at 25,566. More than 24 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the country so far, according to the CBC vaccine tracker.
Ontario On Tuesday, nine new deaths and 699 new cases of COVID-19 were reported – the lowest single-day number of cases in the province since October.
According to the province, there were 804 hospital patients, including 583 in intensive care due to COVID-19.
The update comes a day after Ontario reported 13 deaths and 916 new cases of COVID-19, which was the lowest daily total of new cases since February.
The province, which is still subject to a broad stay-at-home order, has not provided updated information on how it plans to handle the remainder of the school year, although details are expected in the future. days to come.
Students across the province have been learning remotely since returning from a break in April.
In the neighbor Quebec, which relaxed restrictions in many areas, health officials on Tuesday reported 208 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths. Prime Minister François Legault announced further easing of restrictions, including the end of all red zones as of June 7.
This means that from Monday, people from Montreal, Laval and parts of Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent and the Eastern Townships will be allowed to dine inside restaurants and to go to the gym.
High school students will attend in-person classes full time.
In the North, no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories or Yukon Tuesday.
In Atlantic Canada, health officials in Prince Edward Island also reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The province, which has not recorded any COVID-19-related deaths during the pandemic, has just four active cases.
In New Brunswick, health officials reported five new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, while Newfoundland and Labrador reported six new cases.
Officials of New Scotland reported 12 new cases on Tuesday.
In the prairie provinces, hit hard Manitoba reported 232 new cases on Tuesday and three new deaths. Six previous cases have been deleted due to data correction for a net increase of 226. The five-day test positivity rate is 12% provincially and 13.5% in Winnipeg. The capacity of intensive care units remained an issue, with 72 people in intensive care units across the province, one more than Monday, and 36 more patients being treated in Ontario and one in Saskatchewan.
In Alberta – which reported eight more deaths and 263 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday – people can book appointments at barber shops, barber shops and other personal wellness services starting Tuesday. Outdoor public gatherings will double to 10 out of five people, and restaurants will be able to resume patio service.
In British Columbia, health officials on Tuesday reported 184 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths. Province says just over 70 percent of all adults in British Columbia and 67 percent of those 12 and older have now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated 6 p.m. ET
What is happening in the world
As of early afternoon as of Tuesday, more than 170.8 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to an online coronavirus tracking site operated by Johns Hopkins University. The death toll worldwide was over 3.5 million.
Governments must step up efforts and provide US $ 50 billion in funding to improve vaccine equity and access to essential health care around the world, heads of four major international agencies said Tuesday.
Heads of the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund have issued a statement saying governments must act “without further delay” or risk “continued waves and explosive outbreaks of COVID-19, as well as more transmissible and deadly viral variants jeopardizing the global recovery. “
Speaking in a briefing on Tuesday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said now is also the time for leaders to share doses to ensure the protection of health workers and others at risk.
“They say, ‘Where there is a will, there is a way,'” said Tedros. “We know the way – the question is: do we have the will? “
WATCH | Tedros urges countries to share their vaccines:
In the Asia Pacific region, Malaysia began a two-week nationwide lockdown on Tuesday, with police checkpoints at road junctions around the capital Kuala Lumpur as authorities tackle a wave of COVID-19 infections that have reached record levels in recent weeks.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin called it “total containment”, although essential services are allowed and some factories can operate with a reduced workforce. The latest outbreak was more severe, in part due to highly transmissible variants.
In the Americas, Peru dramatically increased its official death toll from COVID-19 to 180,764 on Monday following a government review. Peru has been one of the hardest-hit countries in Latin America, with hospitals overcrowded with patients and demand for oxygen exceeding availability. Experts have long warned that the true death toll is underestimated in official statistics.
The government said it would now update its death toll, which stood at 69,342 on Sunday, in part due to a lack of testing that made it difficult to confirm whether a person had died from the virus or from another cause. Health Minister Oscar Ugarte said the criteria for identifying the coronavirus as the cause of death had been changed.
Previously, only those who “had a positive diagnostic test” were considered to have died from the virus, but other criteria have since been incorporated. The new COVID-19 toll includes deaths reported between March 2020 and May 22 of this year. Among Latin American countries, only Brazil and Mexico have reported higher death rates from the disease.
In Africa, South Africa’s unemployment rate rose to 32.6 percent in the first quarter of the year, local media reported on Tuesday. Africa’s hardest-hit country recently stepped up some public health restrictions linked to COVID-19 in the face of rising cases.
In the Middle East, Dubai, the second-largest member of the UAE federation, has started offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to young people between the ages of 12 and 15, the government’s media office said on Twitter.
In Europe, Italians can eat and drink inside bars and restaurants for the first time in months, and that includes the morning ritual of having an espresso or cappuccino at a local cafe. Until Tuesday, companies were either to offer outdoor seating or serve coffee in take-out cups, urging customers to step away from the bar before sipping or violate virus restrictions.
Italy began rolling back restrictions on the pandemic in April, with the number of new cases showing signs of steadily declining. To date, nearly 35 million people in the country of 60 million have received at least one injection of a COVID-19 vaccine.
-From Reuters, The Associated Press and CBC News, last updated 11:35 a.m.ET