Four provinces reported new peaks in daily COVID-19 infections over the weekend, as Canada’s chief public health officer warns more outbreaks are occurring in nursing homes long-term care and hospitals, and spread to indigenous communities.
“These developments are deeply concerning as they expose countless Canadians to life-threatening illnesses, cause serious disruption to health services and present significant challenges for regions that are not sufficiently equipped to handle complex medical emergencies,” said Dr. Theresa Tam.
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She said federal modeling which shows the country could have 20,000 cases per day by the end of December means “that a stronger response is needed immediately, to interrupt transmission and slow the spread of COVID-19 in across the country “.
Health officials in New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta all reported new single-day spikes in diagnoses on Saturday – registering 23, 1,588, 439 and 1,336 new cases, respectively. .
One of Saskatchewan’s northernmost communities is facing a major outbreak of COVID-19. Health officials say Fond du Lac First Nation had identified 63 cases as of Saturday and listed more than 300 people as close contacts in the community of around 1,000.
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Saskatchewan doctor says record COVID-19 cases should be a sign it’s time to tighten restrictions.
The province recorded 439 new cases on Saturday, a record high in a single day, with Saskatoon reporting 170 new cases.
Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Saqib Shahab says everyone needs to cut their activities by more than half. He has a few suggestions: If you are going to run errands twice a week, reduce it to once a week.
Alberta set a new single-day record for new infections for a third day in a row with 1,336 cases detected on Saturday. Officials said the high number of cases had strained the health system and overwhelmed contact tracing efforts as public health officials were unaware of where most of the 11,274 active infections in the province have been. contracted.
New Brunswick officials on Saturday announced 23 cases of COVID-19 in the province, setting a single-day high since the start of the pandemic.
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The new cases bring the total active infections in the province to 71, and one person is in hospital with the virus.
Quebec reported 1,189 new cases and 32 additional deaths on Saturday, as well as 646 people hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19.
The last major epidemic in the province is in a convent in Quebec, where 39 nuns and 43 workers of the Sisters of Charity in the suburb of Beauport have tested positive for COVID-19.
Ontario reported 1,588 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, as well as 21 new deaths.
TBEN number of cases in the province is the highest in the pandemic to date, ahead of the 1,581 cases reported on November 14.
Premier Doug Ford announced on Friday that Toronto and neighboring Peel would return to lockdown, effective Monday, and several other regions were moving to higher restriction levels.
What is happening across Canada
At 6:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada stood at 325,711, of which 53,909 are considered active cases. A TBEN News death tally based on provincial reports, regional health news and TBEN reports stood at 11,406.
Manitoba reported 387 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 more deaths on Saturday.
The province has had the highest rate of new infections per capita in Canada for weeks. Premier Brian Pallister was put on the defensive on Saturday as he addressed members of the Progressive Conservative Party at a convention, saying that “every province west of Nova Scotia has its greatest number in the last few days, including Manitoba ”.
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“Trying to make the political argument that the Manitoba government has missed the boat when everyone in the western world is under attack right now is not a successful thing – even if it was right, and this is not the case, ”he said.
New Scotland reported eight new cases on Saturday, after seeing five new cases the day before.
Newfoundland and Labrador on Saturday announced five new cases, the largest single-day increase in cases in the province since April 16.
Nunavut reports an increase in new infections, reporting 25 new cases on Saturday, including 22 in hard-hit Arviat and three in Whale Cove.
There are 107 active infections in the territory, which just confirmed its first case just over two weeks ago.
People arriving in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon must once again self-isolate for 14 days.
Yukon reported three new cases, according to a press release issued on Saturday by the territory’s chief medical officer, Dr Brendan Hanley. The territory also expanded a public display notice for a Whitehorse fitness center.
In British Columbia, a province-wide public health ordinance banned social gatherings of any size in private homes, except between members of the same “central bubble.” The ordinance went into effect Thursday and will remain in effect until midnight on December 7.
What is happening in the world
As of Sunday, there were more than 58.2 million reported cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with more than 37.2 million of those cases listed as recovered, according to a COVID-19 tracking tool managed by Johns University Hopkins. The global death toll stood at more than 1.3 million.
South Korea will tighten physical distancing rules for the capital Seoul and neighboring areas now that the country has reported more than 300 new cases of COVID-19 for a fifth day in a row, Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said on Sunday.
He said that for two weeks starting Tuesday, nightclubs and other high-risk entertainment facilities are to close and
Late night meals in restaurants will be prohibited. Customers are not allowed to eat or drink in cafes, internet cafes and fitness centers, while audiences at sporting events will be limited to 10% of the stadium capacity.
In Japan, the daily tally of confirmed coronavirus cases hit a record high for the fourth day in a row at 2,508, the country’s health ministry said on Sunday.
Japan has so far seen less than 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths, avoiding the toll of the hardest-hit countries. But fears are growing about another wave.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Saturday abandoned the “GoTo” tourism campaign, which encouraged travel and dining with discounts, but only after many people had already made travel reservations for a three-day Thanksgiving weekend. in Japan.
Russia Sunday, reported a daily increase of 24,581 new coronavirus infections, bringing the national total to 2,089,329.
Authorities also reported 401 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the official toll to 36,179.
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India recorded 45,209 new cases on Sunday amid a seasonal wave of festivals in the capital and in many other parts of the country. At least three states – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat – have imposed nighttime curfews in many cities.
In Australia, The states of Victoria and South Australia relaxed COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday. Victoria, who was the hardest hit, went 23 days without a new infection.
Wearing a mask outdoors, which was until now mandatory, is no longer mandatory where social distancing is possible.
Masks should always be worn indoors and worn at all times. Home gatherings of up to 15 people will be allowed and up to 50 people may assemble outdoors. Up to 150 people will be allowed at indoor weddings, funerals or religious services.
Residents of South Australia emerged from a statewide lockdown at midnight on Saturday and are now able to visit bars and restaurants in groups of no more than 10 and hold rallies until ‘to 50 people with physical distance.
in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s COVID-19 antibody treatment, an experimental treatment administered to US President Donald Trump that he said helped him to cure the disease.