The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada

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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (still in the East):

6:20 p.m.

Alberta is today reporting 563 more cases of COVID-19 and six new deaths.

The province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr Deena Hinshaw, said in a series of tweets that the new cases were identified from 6,944 tests, for an 8% positivity rate.

Hinshaw says there are currently 14,533 active cases in Alberta with 581 patients in hospital, including 162 in the intensive care unit.

3:50 p.m.

Saskatchewan is reporting 116 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death from the virus.

The province’s daily pandemic update says the deceased was over 80 and in the southeast area.

Saskatchewan has 1,662 cases considered active and 27 patients with COVID-19 in intensive care.

3:15 p.m.

New Brunswick public health officials are reporting 14 new cases of COVID-19.

Officials are also reporting eight new recoveries since Saturday, meaning the number of active cases in the province now stands at 128.

Most cases have been identified in the Fredericton area, where eight infections have been found, while two cases are reported in the Moncton area, three in the Bathurst area and one in the Miramichi area.

Officials say eight patients are currently in the hospital.

2:30 p.m.

Nova Scotia officials are today reporting 74 new cases of COVID-19 and two more virus-related deaths, bringing the official death toll in the province to 79.

Health officials said the two deaths took place in the central area and involved a man and a woman, both aged 70.

The province says 61 of the new infections are in the central zone, nine in the east zone, three in the north zone and one has been identified in the west zone.

The province now has 943 active cases of the disease.

2:15 p.m.

Manitoba is reporting 461 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death.

The province says in its daily pandemic update that the person who died was a man in his 80s from the Southern Health Region.

Manitoba currently has 5,072 active cases of COVID-19, and 74 people in intensive care either have COVID-19 or are no longer infectious but still require intensive care.

Manitoba’s five-day positivity test rate is 14.5% provincially and 16.7% in Winnipeg.

13:25

Newfoundland and Labrador is today reporting 23 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of active cases in the province to 87.

Three of the new cases are linked to the cluster in the central health region, and officials say there are now 24 cases of the disease associated with the growing cluster of infections.

Public health advises against non-essential travel in and out of the Lewisporte area in Summerford where the cluster has been identified.

Officials say four people in the province are hospitalized with the illness.

11:10 a.m.

The Quebec government is reporting 477 new cases of COVID-19 as well as three new deaths linked to the pandemic.

Hospitalizations fell by three to 421, while the number of people in intensive care remained stable at 103.

Health workers administered 83,871 doses of the vaccine on Saturday, for a total of 4,929,054 since the start of the vaccination effort.

10:30

Ontario is now reporting 1,691 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, as well as 15 new deaths related to the virus.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 now stand at 1,041, including 693 patients in intensive care and 480 on ventilators.

The province says it has officially administered more than eight million vaccines since the start of its vaccination campaign, including more than 140,000 on Saturday.

The numbers come as vaccine eligibility across the province increases to include residents 12 years of age or older as of today.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 23, 2021.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Nova Scotia reported 61 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. The province, in fact, reported 74.

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