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

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

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The premier of Ontario is expected to announce province-wide restrictions later Thursday amid rising COVID-19 cases and mounting pressure on hospitals, a move that comes a day after the Premier of Quebec, François Legault, announced stricter rules in three cities which, according to him, are facing a “critical” situation. situation.

Legault announced Wednesday that the people of Quebec, Gatineau and Lévis should “stay at home unless they absolutely have to go to work”. The new measures, which begin Thursday evening, will last 10 days. Schools in all three communities will close, Legault said, as will non-essential businesses. The curfew in these areas will increase to 8 p.m. ET.

Montreal is not currently among the communities affected by the tightened restrictions, but the Prime Minister has not ruled out new measures.

“The third wave is here,” said Legault, who noted in his briefing that hospitalizations are expected to increase in the coming weeks. “I ask you not to gather in the houses and to get yourself vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Quebec As of Wednesday, 1,025 new cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths were reported. Hospitalizations in the province stood at 485, including 120 patients in intensive care units.

In neighboring Ontario, sources told CBC News the premier is expected to announce province-wide restrictions that are expected to begin on Saturday due to rising cases and rising hospitalizations. What, exactly, would change and how hot spots that are already at the “gray” level, or lockdown, would be affected was not immediately clear.

Health officials in Ontario On Wednesday, 2,333 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 more deaths were reported. The provincial dashboard that lists hospitalizations related to COVID-19 stood at 1,111, including 396 in intensive care units. Figures from Critical Care Services Ontario, a government agency that tracks information about the province’s intensive care system, put the number of ICU patients at 421. (The provincial figure does not include cases that are no longer tested positive for COVID-19.)

Premier Doug Ford, who has urged people not to congregate over the coming long weekend, expressed concern on Wednesday over the increase in the number of cases and the capacity of intensive care units.

Asked what the province plans to do, Ford said to “stay tuned” for an announcement on Thursday, but did not give details of what his government could do to try to stop the spread of COVID -19.

WATCH | Ontario’s ICUs reach ‘boiling point’, says ICU doctor:

Critical care specialist Dr. Jamie Spiegelman says Ontario’s intensive care units are under pressure as COVID-19 cases increase. “We’re definitely seeing a younger population coming into the ICU,” he says. 5:45 a.m.

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

What’s happening across Canada

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs receives the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday in Fredericton. (Stephen MacGillivray / The Canadian Press)

As of early Thursday morning, Canada had reported 982,122 cases of COVID-19, with 47,864 cases considered active. A CBC News death tally stood at 22,959.

In Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick Prime Minister Blaine Higgs received his first dose of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine on Wednesday. The province reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, including 11 in the Edmundston area in the northwest of the province.

New Scotland reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, while Newfoundland and Labrador reported a new case. No new cases were reported in Prince Edward Island.

In the Prairie provinces, Manitoba reported 71 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and one additional death.

In neighbor Saskatchewan, health officials on Wednesday reported 191 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths.

The teachers’ federation, meanwhile, is asking the province to switch all schools to online learning for a period of two weeks after the next school break. “It’s a little too late to be proactive,” said Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation president Patrick Maze, stressing that the goal is to keep students and staff “as safe as possible.” .

In Alberta, health officials on Wednesday reported 871 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths. Hospitalizations in the province stood at 301, with 63 patients reported to be in intensive care.

In British Columbia, health officials reported three more deaths on Wednesday and 1,013 daily cases of COVID-19 – surpassing the 100,000 total case mark since the start of the pandemic. Hospitalizations in the province stood at 304, including 80 in intensive care.

Across the North, a new case of COVID-19 has been reported in a Yukon resident (even if the individual was out of the province at the time). No new cases have been reported Nunavut or the Northwest Territories.

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

What is happening in the world

A couple walk near cherry blossoms near a closed street to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday. (Heo Ran / Reuters)

As of Thursday morning, more than 128.9 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to a coronavirus tracker managed by the United States-based Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll stood at over 2.8 million.

In Africa, Nigeria hopes to receive up to 70 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this year through the African Union, its head of primary health care told Reuters, amid concerns about delays in delivery of drugs. AstraZeneca injections.

Egypt has received 854,400 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine as part of the global COVAX deal, the health ministry said.

In EuropeThe German president has been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, a sign of confidence in the vaccine after the country restricted its use in people under the age of 60. The presidential office said in a statement that President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, 65, received his first shot on Thursday in a Berlin hospital.

On Tuesday, Germany’s Independent Vaccine Expert Group said the AstraZeneca vaccine should not be routinely given to people under the age of 60 due to an increase in reported cases of unusual blood clots in the days following vaccination.

The German government followed the recommendation and said the vaccine would be a priority for people aged 60 and over. Some regions, including Berlin, then opened vaccination to people aged 60 to 70, who had previously had to wait longer.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, 66, said this week that she would be ready to take the AstraZeneca vaccine. But it’s not yet clear if and when this could happen.

Doctors and nurses in Italy who refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus could be reassigned or have their salaries suspended under a new decree approved by the government.

The Italian cabinet adopted the measure on Wednesday evening as part of its latest COVID-19 containment arrangements. The requirement for health workers to be vaccinated was included after several recent outbreaks in hospitals were blamed on staff who had not been vaccinated.

Italy has prioritized the vaccination of medical personnel and, to date, three million of the 10 million vaccines administered have gone to health workers. Health Minister Roberto Speranza said the vast majority of health workers had agreed to be vaccinated for free, but there was some reluctance.

Another measure included in the decree excludes the criminal liability of medical personnel who administer vaccines if the vaccinations have been carried out correctly. Some general practitioners in Italy have avoided giving vaccines, fearing legal exposure if their patients experience side effects.

In the Asia Pacific region, Hong Kong will resume administration of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech on Monday after a 12-day suspension for packaging defects detected in a batch, officials said.

India has opened up its coronavirus inoculation program to people over 45 as infections rise, which will delay vaccine exports from the world’s largest vaccine maker.

South Korea is considering whether to approve rapid coronavirus tests that can be done at home and produce near-immediate results as another tool in the fight against the pandemic.

People receive their first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center set up for people over 75 in Seoul. (Chung Sung-Jun / AFP / Getty Images)

Kwon Jun-wook, director of South Korea’s National Institute of Health, said on Thursday there was a need to provide convenient and accessible tests that people can use regularly, as the virus is often transmitted from people. showing no or mild symptoms.

Health officials in China say six more people have fallen ill with COVID-19 in a southwestern Chinese town on the border with Myanmar. That brings the total confirmed in Ruili City, Yunnan Province over the past two days to 12, including three Burmese citizens.

In the Middle East, Israel plans to give the Pfizer vaccine to adolescents after FDA approval, the health minister said.

In the AmericasBrazilian health regulator Anvisa said it approved emergency use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while rejecting a government request to import doses of Covaxin, citing a lack of data and documentation on safety.

-From The Associated Press and Reuters, latest update 7:15 a.m.ET

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