Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World Monday
- Business travel is not expected to return to pre-pandemic levels anytime soon.
- Britain could toughen summer travel rules for Spain, the Times reports.
- Philippines extends nighttime curfew in Manila amid COVID-19 outbreak.
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The federal government expects to receive more than 2.3 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this week, as public health officials prepare for a potential fourth wave of infections.
Ottawa has already received more than 66 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, enough to fully immunize all eligible Canadians.
As of Tuesday, the federal government had 6.7 million COVID-19 vaccines in its national supply, an amount that provinces and territories can draw on if they need more doses.
The new COVID-19 vaccine shipments come as Canada’s top doctor warns the country could be heading for a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases if public health restrictions are lifted before vaccination rates resume.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Dr Theresa Tam said updated national modeling of the pandemic’s trajectory suggests that the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 could lead to a fourth wave of infections.
“The trajectory will depend on the continued increase in full immunization coverage and the timing, pace and extent of reopening,” Tam said.
“While some resurgence is expected as measures are relaxed, this updated model shows that if we maintain current levels of community-wide contact, we would expect a modest increase in cases. “
Tam said the country could see a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections if the reopening continues quickly before enough people are fully immunized.
“We might expect to see a strong resurgence by the end of the summer,” she said.
Canada has reported an average of 640 new cases over the past seven days, she said, which is still 93% below the peak in wave three.
As of Friday, 80.3% of those eligible had received a first dose, while 63.7% are now fully vaccinated.
What is happening in Canada
- $ 86,000 in fines imposed on violators of NB’s COVID-19 rules since the start of the pandemic.
What is happening in the world
As of Monday morning, more than 198.3 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 4.2 million deaths have been reported.
In Europe, the UK government plans to warn holidaymakers against visiting popular tourist destinations such as Spain over concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Times reported Monday.
Such a move could trigger an exodus of around one million British tourists already abroad, cause further damage to the travel industry and deal a further blow to the summer tourist season in southern Europe.
The Times did not elaborate on Britain’s specific concerns about Spain. Madrid has been hit by the more infectious variant of the delta coronavirus, but its seven-day infection rate has fallen throughout the past week.
A spokesperson for the UK Department for Transport declined to comment on the Times report, released the day the rules were relaxed for fully vaccinated travelers from the United States and most of Europe. Canada remains on the “amber” list countries whose citizens still have to quarantine for 10 days after arriving in the UK
In the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates will begin providing China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to children aged three to 17, the UAE government announced on Twitter on Monday.
The Arab Gulf state, which has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, was already providing Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to children aged 12 to 15.
In Asia, the Philippines will extend a nighttime curfew in the capital, Manila, to combat a potential increase in cases of the delta variant of COVID-19, a government official said on Monday.
Metro Manila, already subject to a six-hour curfew from 10 p.m., will advance the curfew from two hours to 8 p.m.
“We are only asking for two weeks… what is important is that our hospitals are not full,” Aid Benjamin Abalos, chairman of the region’s governing body, said in a briefing.
New cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines topped 8,000 a day from Friday to Monday. Sunday’s tally of 8,735 infections was the highest since May 28.
In the Americas, US Won’t Lock Down Again to Curb COVID-19 But ‘Things Will Get Worse’ As Delta Variant Fuels Increase in Cases, Mostly Among Unvaccinated, Top US Infectious Disease Expert Dr Anthony Fauci said Sunday.
A sufficient percentage of Americans have now been vaccinated to avoid blockages, Fauci said on ABC This week.
“Not enough to crush the epidemic, but I believe enough not to allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter,” he said.
The average number of new coronavirus cases reported nationwide in the United States has nearly doubled in the past 10 days, according to a Reuters analysis.