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Canada added 6,442 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, pushing the country’s total number of infections to 565,054.

Health officials also said 156 more people have died after testing positive for COVID-19.

Since the pandemic began, the virus has claimed 15,378 lives in Canada.

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However, to date, 477,857 people have recovered after falling ill, while health authorities across the country have administered 18,237,755 tests.

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The new cases come as doses of the second coronavirus vaccine made by American biotechnology company Moderna continue to be delivered and administered across the country.

However, in a tweet Tuesday, Canada’s Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the virus “continues to put pressure on health care workers across the country.”

“We all need to avoid non-essential travel and follow mandatory quarantine requirements upon return — they keep you, your loved ones, and communities safe,” she wrote.

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Thousands of new cases in the provinces

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In Ontario, 2,553 new cases were reported, bringing the total number of infections in the province to 175,908.

Health officials also said another 41 people have died after testing positive for the virus, pushing Ontario’s death toll to 4,455.

Meanwhile, in Quebec, 2,381 new cases were reported, and health authorities confirmed 64 more people have died.

To date, the province has seen 197,311 coronavirus infections and 8124 fatalities.

Quebec also announced its first case of the new COVID-19 variant, first identified in the U.K.

The new variant — which has already been detected elsewhere in the country — is believed to be more transmissible than the initial strain, however, it is not believed to have an effect on the severity of the illness caused by the virus, or the efficacy of the vaccine.


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In Saskatchewan, 114 new COVID-19 cases were detected, bringing the total case load to 15.022.

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Ten more fatalities over two days bring the province’s total death toll to 151.

Manitoba saw 133 new cases and five more deaths on Tuesday.

So far Manitoba has seen 24,385 cases of the virus, and 659 people have died in the province. 

In Atlantic Canada, nine new infections were reported.

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island each added two new cases, bringing the provincial tallies to 595, 1480 and 96 respectively. 

Meanwhile, Newfoundland and Labrador saw one new case of the virus, pushing its total number of infections to 90.

None of the Maritime provinces, or Newfoundland and Labrador reported any new deaths associated with COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Western Canada saw 1,254 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Health authorities in Alberta reported 872 new cases, and said 26 more people have died after falling ill.

To date, Alberta has seen 99,141 cases of the virus, and 1,028 people have died.

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British Columbia added 382 new cases of the virus, bringing the total number of infections in the province to 50,363.

Officials also confirmed another 10 people have died after testing positive for the virus, pushing B.C.’s death toll to 882.

B.C. has also seen 452 epidemiologically-linked cases, meaning they have not yet been confirmed by a laboratory.

No new cases in the territories

No new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Canada’s territories on Tuesday.

The Northwest Territories has reported a total of 24 infections of the virus, all of which are considered to be recovered.

Nunavut has seen 266 cases of COVID-19 and one death to date.


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The Yukon did not report any new cases or fatalities related to the coronavirus on Tuesday, either.

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So far, the territory has seen 60 cases and one death.

Global cases top 81 million

A total of 81,867,031 people around the world have been infected with the virus since the pandemic began, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

By 6:30 p.m. ET, 1,786,057 people had died of the virus globally.

The United States remained the viral epicentre on Tuesday, with more than 19.4 million infections and 337,475 deaths related to COVID-19.

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Hundreds more unmarked graves found at erstwhile Saskatchewan residential school

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An indigenous group in Saskatchewan on Thursday said it had found the unmarked graves of an estimated 751 people at a now-defunct Catholic residential school, just weeks after a similar, smaller discovery rocked the country.

The latest discovery, the biggest to date, is a grim reminder of the years of abuse and discrimination indigenous communities have suffered in Canada even as they continue to fight for justice and better living conditions.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “terribly saddened” by the discovery at Marieval Indian Residential School about 87 miles (140 km) from the provincial capital Regina. He told indigenous people that “the hurt and the trauma that you feel is Canada’s responsibility to bear.”

It is not clear how many of the remains detected belong to children, Cowessess First Nation Chief Cadmus Delorme told reporters, adding that oral stories mentioned adults being buried at the site.

Delorme later told Reuters some of the graves belong to non-indigenous people who may have belonged to the church. He said the First Nation hopes to find the gravestones that once marked these graves, after which they may involve police.

Delorme said the church that ran the school removed the headstones.

“We didn’t remove the headstones. Removing headstones is a crime in this country. We are treating this like a crime scene,” he said.

The residential school system, which operated between 1831 and 1996, removed about 150,000 indigenous children from their families and brought them to Christian residential schools, mostly Catholic, run on behalf of the federal government.

“Canada will be known as a nation who tried to exterminate the First Nations,” said Bobby Cameron, Chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. “This is just the beginning.”

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Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which published a report that found the residential school system amounted to cultural genocide, has said a cemetery was left on the Marieval site after the school building was demolished.

The local Catholic archdiocese gave Cowessess First Nation C$70,000 ($56,813) in 2019 to help restore the site and identify unmarked graves, said spokesperson Eric Gurash. He said the archdiocese gave Cowessess all its death records for the period Catholic parties were running the school.

In a letter to Delorme on Thursday, Archbishop Don Bolen reiterated an earlier apology for the “failures and sins of Church leaders and staff” and pledged to help identify the remains.

Heather Bear, who went to Marieval as a day student in the 1970s and is also vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, recalled a small cemetery at the school but not of the size revealed on Thursday.

“You just didn’t want to be walking around alone in (the school),” she recalled. There was a “sadness that moves. And I think every residential school has that sadness looming.”

The Cowessess First Nation began a ground-penetrating radar search on June 2, after the discovery of 215 unmarked graves at the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia outraged the country. Radar at Marieval found 751 “hits” as of Wednesday with a 10% margin of error, meaning at least 600 graves on the site.

The Kamloops discovery reopened old wounds in Canada about the lack of information and accountability around the residential school system, which forcibly separated indigenous children from their families and subjected them to malnutrition and physical and sexual abuse.

Pope Francis said in early June that he was pained by the Kamloops revelation and called for respect for the rights and cultures of native peoples. But he stopped short of the direct apology some Canadians had demanded.

Thursday was a difficult day, Delorme told Reuters. But he wants his young children to know “we will get the reconciliation one day with action like today.”

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(Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny in Toronto and Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Alistair Bell, Grant McCool and Daniel Wallis)

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Teamsters votes to fund and support Amazon workers

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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a labor union in the United States and Canada, said on Thursday it has voted to formalize a resolution to support and fund employees of Amazon.com Inc in their unionization efforts.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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Citigroup names new sales head for Treasury and Trade Solutions unit

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Citigroup Inc has named Steve Elms as the new sales head for the bank’s Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) unit effective immediately, according to an internal memo shared by a company spokesperson.

Elms, who will oversee the management of the global sales teams, has been involved with the bank’s TTS division for over 10 years, according to his LinkedIn profile.

TTS is a division of the bank’s Institutional Clients group. The segment offers cash management and trade services and finance to multinational corporations, financial institutions and public sector organizations around the world.

(Reporting by Niket Nishant in Bengaluru and David Henry in New York; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)

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