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Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World Monday

Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World Monday

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Organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Monday capped the number of spectators at 10,000 for each venue, days after experts said holding the event without fans was the least risky option.

Authorities continued to stage the multibillion-dollar sports extravaganza despite public opposition and deep concern over a resurgence of infections.

The Tokyo Olympics will see some local fans watching the Games open in just over a month. They will not be allowed to applaud, will have to wear masks and are told to go straight home after the event.

Japan has largely avoided the type of explosive epidemics that have devastated other countries, but its vaccine rollout has been slow and the medical system pushed to the brink in some places.

Tokyo and other areas are under “near emergency” status until July 11. The Olympics are scheduled to open on July 23.

-From Reuters and The Associated Press, last updated at 7 a.m. ET


What’s happening across Canada

WATCH | Ottawa is preparing to ease some travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Canadians:

The federal government plans to announce changes to some travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Canadians, including the likely end of mandatory quarantine hotels, as pressure increases to relax measures at the U.S. border. 2:01

As of early Monday morning, Canada had reported 1,408,835 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 11,759 were considered active. A CBC News death tally stood at 26,076. More than 32.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the country so far, according to the CBC vaccine tracker.

In Atlantic Canada on Sunday, health officials reported a total of four new cases of COVID-19, with two new cases in both New Scotland and New Brunswick. No new cases were reported in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

In Quebec, where a coroner’s inquest examines deaths in long-term care homes during the early stages of the pandemic, health officials on Sunday reported two more deaths and 103 new cases of COVID-19.

WATCH | COVID-19: Is it okay to mix Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines?

Ontario COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Table member Dr. Peter Jüni answers questions about COVID-19 vaccines, including whether people should be concerned about the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine mix. 1:50

Ontario, meanwhile, reported 12 new deaths and 318 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

The province, which has begun its reopening as the number of cases and hospitalizations decline, is preparing to give second doses of COVID-19 vaccine available to more residents earlier. According to the province, starting at 8 a.m. ET Monday, people “who have received their first dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine by May 9, 2021 will be eligible to book or change their appointment to the second dose at a shorter interval. “

Manitoba reported six new deaths and 93 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday – the lowest single-day case count in the Prairie province since mid-April.

Saskatchewan, meanwhile, reported one death and 60 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday as Premier Scott Moe announced the province will lift all health restrictions on July 11. Moe said the province can move to Stage 3 of its pandemic reopening plan because Saskatchewan is so close to reaching the vaccination thresholds necessary for a full reopening.

In Alberta, health authorities reported one death and 100 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

In the North, no new cases were reported in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories or Yukon, which reported 29 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.

British Columbia will release updated figures covering the weekend later Monday.

-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 7 a.m. ET


What is happening in the world

A health worker inoculates a man with Covishield’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday at a vaccination center in New Delhi after India opened up free vaccination to all adults in a bid to boost its vaccination campaign. (Argent Sharma / AFP / Getty Images)

As of Monday morning, more than 178.5 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University case tracker. The worldwide death toll stood at more than 3.8 million, according to information compiled by the University based in the United States.

In the Asia Pacific region, every adult in India is now eligible for a free vaccine paid for by the federal government. The federal government’s change in role from Monday ends a complex system of vaccine procurement and distribution that overburdened states and created inequalities in who got vaccinated.

The change comes as coronavirus cases continue to decline. India has recorded 53,256 new infections and 1,422 deaths in the past 24 hours, the lowest in nearly three months. That increases its totals beyond 29.8 million cases and 386,000 deaths, although both are likely undercounts.

Indonesia, meanwhile, will tighten social restrictions for two weeks from Tuesday, a government minister said, in a bid to contain an increase in the number of cases in the world’s fourth most populous country. The restrictions will apply to “red zones” where cases have risen sharply this month, Coordinating Minister of the Economy Airlangga Hartarto said on Monday at a streaming press conference.

In the Americas, Brazil’s death toll from COVID-19 topped 500,000 as experts warn the world’s second deadliest outbreak could worsen due to delayed vaccinations and government refusal to support physical distancing.

Thousands of people took to the streets of Brazil over the weekend to protest President Jair Bolsonaro’s response to the pandemic, blaming the leader for not getting vaccines fast enough and questioning the need to wear a mask.

In Africa, South Africa reported 13,155 new cases of COVID-19 and 112 new deaths on Sunday.

Uganda, meanwhile, recently decided to step up its lockdown measures amid an increase in the number of worrying cases. The measures announced Friday evening by President Yoweri Museveni include a ban on private and public transport within and between districts, including in the capital Kampala.

In EuropeBritain is piloting a plan to drop the self-isolation requirement for people who have received two doses of the vaccine if exposed to someone infected with the virus, the health minister said.

In the Middle East, Qatar will only allow fully vaccinated people to attend next year’s World Cup and is in talks to get a million doses, the prime minister said.

-From Reuters, The Associated Press and CBC News, last updated 6:55 a.m. ET

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