- Canada could see 20,000 cases of COVID-19 per day by the end of the year, according to new modeling.
- The Premier of Ontario will today announce new “tough” measures in COVID-19 hotspots.
- Quebec has presented its holiday guidelines – see what the experts say here.
- New restrictions on private gatherings take effect in Manitoba.
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New modeling to be released Friday morning shows Canada could see 20,000 cases of COVID-19 a day by the end of the year if people maintain their current number of personal contacts. Meanwhile, Ontario is set to announce new public health restrictions in its hardest hit areas.
TBEN News saw the modeling charts prepared by the Public Health Agency of Canada, which also projects a worst-case scenario of 60,000 per day by the end of December if Canadians increase their current level of contact with other people.
Conversely, limiting interactions to essential activities while maintaining physical distance and adhering to other public health guidelines could bring that number to less than 10,000 cases per day at that time, according to the modeling.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, will present detailed projections on infections and potential deaths at 9 a.m. ET on Friday.
Meanwhile, Ontario is expected to issue stricter restrictions for its COVID-19 hotspots – the Toronto, Peel and York areas – as Premier Doug Ford says there are has “difficult but necessary decisions to make”.
At a press conference Thursday, the prime minister did not say what the measures would be, as they had yet to be presented to cabinet, saying only that they would have to be “tough” in the hardest hit areas.
Dr Lawrence Loh, Peel’s medical officer of health, said he believes further closures and restrictions are warranted at this time to “reduce the number of contacts and interactions” occurring in the region.
WATCH | Further restrictions are needed in Peel Region, says the medical officer of health:
Ontario reported 1,210 more cases of COVID-19 and 28 more deaths on Thursday, with Toronto and the Region of Peel each having more than 300 of those cases.
As the number of people in hospitals with COVID-19 fell from nine to 526, intensive care admissions increased dramatically to 146, an increase of 19, with 88 of those people on ventilators.
What is happening across Canada
The number of COVID-19 cases in Canada – as of 7 a.m. ET Friday – stood at 315,753, with 52,194 of those cases considered active. A TBEN News death tally based on provincial reports, regional health news, and TBEN reporting stood at 11,265.
In Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick moved the Moncton health region return to the stricter orange phase due to the increasing number of cases in this region.
The province reported four new cases on Thursday. Meanwhile, New Scotland and Newfoundland and Labrador both reported a new case.
WATCH | Moncton area returns to orange phase as cases increase:
Quebec reported 1,207 new cases and 34 additional deaths Thursday, Prime Minister François Legault having offered a “moral contract” with residents to facilitate the joy of the holidays.
Legault said residents can have small gatherings – with no more than 10 friends and family – around Christmas if they self-quarantine for a week before and after.
Manitoba introduced new COVID-19 restrictions on Thursday that prohibit people from having inside their homes who do not live there, with a few exceptions, and businesses from selling non-essential items in stores.
The new measures were announced as the province reported 475 new cases, eight more deaths and a record high of 263 in hospital.
WATCH | Manitoba tightens purchase restrictions as COVID-19 cases increase:
Saskatchewan reported 98 new cases on Thursday, as health officials said they estimate that at best, the province will almost double its total number of cases in the next six months.
Alberta Thursday saw a record-breaking single-day increase of 1,105 new cases, along with eight more deaths.
British Columbia introduces sweeping new rules to control the spread of COVID-19, including mandatory masks in indoor and commercial public spaces and restricting social gatherings to household members only for everyone in British Columbia
The move comes as the province recorded 538 new cases and one additional death on Thursday. There were 6,929 active cases of the virus and 217 patients in hospital – both records for the province.
In the north, Nunavut Health officials reported four more cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the number of cases in the territory to 74.
A two-week territory-wide lockdown is currently in place in an effort to bring the outbreak under control and avoid overwhelming Nunavut’s small, isolated healthcare centers.
Yukon has said he will “divorce” British Columbia from its COVID-19 travel bubble as the number of cases increases in that province. A new case was confirmed in Whitehorse on Wednesday evening, bringing the territory’s total number of cases to 26 since the start of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Northwest Territories renewed a state of emergency in Yellowknife to pave the way for an emergency heated shelter in light of capacity limits at other facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
What is happening in the world
As of Friday morning, more than 57 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, including more than 36.6 million cases listed as recovered, according to a COVID-19 tracker managed by Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll stood at more than 1.3 million.
in the AmericasCalifornia and Ohio have ordered nightly curfews at social gatherings, with the number of hospital patients in the United States climbing nearly 50 percent in two weeks.
Mexico recorded 100,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths days after passing a million infections. It is the fourth country to achieve this record, after the United States, Brazil and India.
In EuropePortugal’s parliament voted with a comfortable margin to extend the country’s state of emergency by two weeks amid the pandemic. The state of emergency has allowed the government to impose night and weekend curfews across much of the country.
Patriarch Irinej, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, has died after contracting the coronavirus. The Patriarch was hospitalized with the virus in early November, shortly after attending the funeral of the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, Bishop Amfilohije, who also died of complications caused by the COVID-19 infection.
In AsiaSri Lankan officials have said they will suspend all passenger trains for two days as COVID-19 cases increase in Colombo and its suburbs. Authorities have locked down many parts of the capital and its suburbs since last month when the virus exploded.
The South Korean prime minister urged the public to avoid social gatherings and stay at home as much as possible, as the country has recorded more than 300 new cases of the virus for a third day in a row.
Hong Kong reported an increase in the number of daily cases to 26, two days before an agreement with Singapore to allow a limited number of passengers to fly in both directions without having to go through quarantine.
In Africa, a player from the South African cricketer team tested positive for the coronavirus before a limited six-game series against England, and two others have also been isolated after coming into close contact with him.