Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World Tuesday
COVID-19 infections and deaths are increasing at an alarming rate in India without the crisis ending, and a senior public health expert warns of the difficult weeks ahead.
The official number of coronavirus cases in India surpassed 20 million on Tuesday, almost doubling in the past three months, while deaths officially surpassed 220,000. As staggering as these numbers are, the real numbers would be much higher, the undercoverage apparently reflecting the problems of the health system.
On Tuesday, the Department of Health reported 357,229 new cases in the past 24 hours and 3,449 deaths from COVID-19.
Infections have spiked in India since February in a disastrous turn blamed on more contagious variants of the virus as well as government decisions to allow massive crowds to assemble for Hindu religious festivals and political rallies ahead of the elections. ‘State.
The challenges are considerable in states where elections have been held and unmasked crowds have likely exacerbated the spread of the virus. The average number of daily infections in the state of West Bengal has increased by a multiple of 32 to more than 17,000 since polling began.
“This is a terrifying crisis,” said Dr Punyabrata Goon, organizer of the West Bengal Doctors Forum.
Goon also said the state needs to speed up vaccinations. But the world’s largest vaccine maker is running out of vaccines – the result of manufacturing delays and raw material shortages.
Dr Ashish Jha, Dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University in the United States, expressed concern that Indian policymakers he has been in contact with believe things will get better. in the next few days.
“I … tried to tell them, ‘If everything goes well, things will be horrible for the next few weeks. And it can be a lot longer,” “he said.
Jha said the focus should be on “classic” public health measures: targeted closures, more testing, wearing universal masks and avoiding large gatherings.
“This is what is going to break the back of this wave,” he said.
India’s top health official Rajesh Bhushan declined to speculate last month as to why authorities were not better prepared.
-From The Associated Press and Reuters, last updated at 7 a.m. ET
What’s happening across Canada
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As early as Tuesday morning, Canada had reported 1,243,257 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 83,548 were considered active. A CBC News death tally stood at 24,342.
In Atlantic Canada, New Scotland reported 146 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, as Premier Iain Rankin slammed the “selfish few” for breaking the rules as the province scrambled to fight transmission.
New Brunswick Monday reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death, while Newfoundland and Labrador reported four new cases – plus one on board a freighter. No new cases have been reported Prince Edward Island.
In Quebec, health officials on Monday reported 798 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths. COVID-19 hospitalizations stood at 588, with 151 people in intensive care.
Ontario, which reported 3,436 new COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths on Monday, is asking a federal vaccine advisory group to examine the possibility of mixing the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The province’s deputy medical officer of health said officials had sought recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.
Provincial health officials said there were 1,925 hospitalizations, including 889 in intensive care due to COVID-related illness.
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Across the Prairies on Monday, health officials Manitoba reported 251 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death, while Saskatchewan reported 207 new cases and three additional deaths.
Alberta Monday, reported 2,012 new cases of COVID-19 and four more deaths. Dr Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said there are 23,608 active cases in Alberta. There were 658 people hospitalized with the disease, including 154 in intensive care.
Across the North, health officials Nunavut reported eight new cases, while seven new cases were Northwest Territories. A new case was reported in Yukon.
British Columbia Health officials on Monday reported 2,174 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 more deaths between Friday and Monday.
-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 7:10 a.m. ET
What is happening in the world
As of Tuesday morning, more than 153.5 million cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide, according to a case tracking tool managed by Johns Hopkins University. The reported worldwide death toll was over 3.2 million.
In the Middle East, The Kuwaiti government is banning unvaccinated residents from traveling abroad from the end of the month, the latest attempt to tame the spiraling coronavirus outbreak in the Arabian Gulf Sheikh.
In the Asia Pacific region, Taiwan has become the latest place to ban arrivals from India, as it works to prevent further infections, with more countries reporting cases of a variant first identified in the sub -continent.
In Africa, Tanzania has announced new anti-coronavirus measures, saying it wants to prevent the importation of new variants.
In EuropeGermans who are fully vaccinated should be exempted from quarantine upon return to Germany, Health Minister Jens Spahn said after the government cabinet discussed plans to lift restrictions for people who have received their vaccine.
In the AmericasMexico hopes to complete vaccination of its entire population against COVID-19 by the end of the first quarter of next year, Mexican Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said.
Trinidad and Tobago said on Monday it would tighten lockdown restrictions for three weeks from midnight as the number of new COVID-19 cases reached new highs and the Caribbean twin island nation faced a potential shortage of hospital beds.
-From Reuters and The Associated Press, latest update 7:15 a.m.ET