Canada saw over 400 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the country’s figures closer to 110,000 cases of COVID-19.
The death toll rose by 17 to just over 8,800, the majority of them in Quebec and Ontario.
Nearly 73,000 people — or almost 67 per cent of all confirmed cases in Canada — are considered recovered. More than 3.5 million tests have taken place.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday that the federal government will contribute $19 billion to provinces for things like child care, contact tracing and personal protective equipment, as well as bailing out cities facing rising expenses.
Quebec has recorded the most cases of any region in the country, with 57,000 cases and more than 5,600 deaths. Thursday saw the province record its highest single-day case increase since mid-June: 142 new cases and nine deaths compared to the previous 24 hours.
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Quebec Premier François Legault has said he is worried by the spike in cases in the province, and that bars and clubs may have to close again after a series of outbreaks in the Montreal area.
Ontario saw 111 new cases and five new deaths, for a total of around 37,000 cases and more than 2,700 deaths. The past several weeks have seen daily case numbers go down overall.
Alberta reported a spike in cases, recording 120 new ones on Thursday and two new deaths. There are now 807 active cases in the province, with a death toll of 165 and a total caseload of 9,114.
Saskatchewan also reported a jump in cases, with 42 new ones recorded Thursday. This takes the province to more than 900 cases, with 114 of them considered active. Saskatchewan has seen 15 deaths so far.
British Columbia saw 18 new cases and no new deaths, as the province’s top doctor Dr. Bonnie Henry warned that 27 cases of COVID-19 have been linked with private parties in Kelowna in June and July.
Manitoba saw one new case. The province has recorded more than 300 cases so far, including seven deaths.
There were no new cases reported in all four Atlantic provinces on Thursday. Nova Scotia has only two active cases while Newfoundland and Labrador has one active case.
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New Brunswick has three active cases, out of 168 total cases. Prince Edward Island has 36 cases in total, with 27 considered recovered.
There were no new cases reported in the Northwest Territories and Yukon. Nunavut saw two presumptive cases on July 15 and is awaiting confirmation from a lab.
Globally the virus has resulted in more than 13.6 million cases — more than 3.5 million of them in the U.S. alone — and more than 586,000 deaths, according to data tracked by Johns Hopkins University.
The U.S. has the highest death toll in the world, with around 138,000 people dead.
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Canada 'not at the back of the line' for COVID-19 vaccine, Moderna chairman says – CBC.ca
The head of a U.S. biotechnology company that is developing one of the most promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates says Canada is not far behind other countries when it comes to receiving doses of its vaccine.
“Canada is not at the back of the line,” Noubar Afeyan, co-founder and chairman of Moderna, told CBC’s Chief Political Correspondent Rosemary Barton on Sunday.
Afeyan said because Canada was among the first countries to make a pre-order with Moderna, the country is guaranteed to receive a certain portion of the company’s initial batch of doses — as long as the vaccine proves safe and effective and is given regulatory approval.
“The people who were willing to move early on with even less proof of the efficacy have assured the amount of supply they were willing to sign up to,” Afeyan said in an interview on Rosemary Barton Live.
“Nothing that happened subsequently can affect that.”
The Canadian government secured an agreement on Aug. 5 with Moderna for 20 million doses of its mRNA vaccine, with the option to procure an additional 36 million doses. It’s one of seven vaccine makers Canada currently has agreements with.
Moderna’s vaccine is currently in Stage 3 clinical trials and preliminary data released two weeks ago showed it appears to be 94.5 per cent effective.
Despite that promising news, the Liberal government came under intense pressure this week to lay out a timeline for when Canadians will begin receiving an inoculation as countries like the U.S., U.K. and Germany have all announced plans to begin vaccinating their populations in December.
Opposition politicians and some premiers argued Canada was falling behind other countries in its planning after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians would have to wait to get vaccinated because the first doses of any vaccine will go to people in the countries where the vaccines are being manufactured.
Federal officials said on Thursday that if all goes well as many as three million Canadians — mainly those in “high-priority groups” — could be vaccinated in early 2021.
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Regulatory approval pending
Moderna is in the process of applying for emergency-use authorization with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Once the company obtains that authorization, Afeyan said it will begin shipping doses to countries that have made pre-orders, including Canada.
Afeyan said he expects to start shipping the vaccine to Canada in the first quarter of 2021 and the quantity of shipments should increase through the second quarter and throughout the rest of the year.
The company expects to be able to produce a total of 20 million doses by the end of 2020 and between 500 million and 1 billion doses throughout 2021.
Moderna submitted early safety and pre-clinical data from Phase 1 and 2 trials with Health Canada last month as part of the regulator’s rolling regulatory review process. Health Canada must approve any COVID-19 vaccine before it can be distributed to Canadians.
Experts say Moderna’s vaccine — which requires two shots taken 28 days apart — will be relatively easy to store and distribute because the vaccine can remain stable at normal fridge temperatures of 2 C to 8 C for 30 days. By contrast, another leading candidate manufactured by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer must be shipped and stored at -70 C.
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Health Minister Patty Hajdu said it’s difficult to nail down a delivery date at the moment for any of the leading vaccine candidates because of the long list of uncertainties stemming from unfinished clinical trials, ongoing regulatory reviews, and manufacturing and logistical challenges related to distribution.
“We’re all anxious to get out of this mess as a world, but certainly as a country as well,” Hajdu said.
“As Canada’s health minister, I’m staying focused on Canadians and on our own process, making sure our delivery plans are well laid out and that we have what we need in terms of being able to deliver on the variety of different kinds of vaccines.”
Hajdu added that her top priority is ensuring that Health Canada has what it needs to make sure the regulatory process proceeds smoothly so that any vaccines that are approved are safe and effective.
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):
Quebec is reporting 1,395 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 additional deaths linked to the virus.
Health officials say four of those deaths occurred in the past 24 hours and eight others took place between Nov. 22 and 27.
Hospitalizations went down by 13 today for a total of 665, including 92 people in intensive care – a decrease of one compared to the previous day.
Quebec has now reported 141,038 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began and 7,033 deaths.
Ontario is reporting 1,708 new cases of COVID-19 today and 24 new deaths related to the virus.
More than half of the new cases remain in Toronto and Peel Region, which recorded 463 and 503 respectively.
The two regions are the only ones currently under lockdown under the province’s tiered, colour-coded pandemic response framework.
The province is moving five regions to higher alert levels tomorrow, which means tougher COVID-19 restrictions.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 29, 2020.
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Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Sunday – CBC.ca
Canada’s death toll from COVID-19 passed 12,000 on Sunday, a day after the country’s chief public health officer said there is still a “window of opportunity” to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Canada remains on a troubling path for new infections as case counts continue to mount, Dr. Theresa Tam said Saturday, adding that the most recent infection rates indicate the country is on track to hit as many as 10,000 new cases a day by next month.
“If we continue on the current pace, our longer range models continue to forecast significant increases in daily case counts and estimate that there could be up to 10,000 cases reported daily by mid-December,” Tam said in a statement.
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“Right now, we have a window of opportunity to act collectively together with public health authorities to bring the infection rate down to a safer trajectory.”
Canada is currently recording caseloads at about half that level, with the most recent seven-day average standing at 5,335 between Nov. 20 and Nov. 26.
Tam said Canada is also averaging 76 deaths a day and more than 2,100 people in hospital.
People 80 years and older are experiencing Canada’s highest COVID-19 death rate, and there are now more and larger outbreaks in long-term care facilities, hospitals, group living settings, Indigenous communities and remote areas, she said.
“Those developments are deeply concerning as they put countless Canadians at risk of life-threatening illness, cause serious disruptions to health services and present significant challenges for areas not adequately equipped to manage complex medical emergencies,” Tam said.
Tam redoubled her calls for Canadians to heed public health advice, limit their social interactions and practise physical distancing in a bid to bring surging case counts under control.
Her assessment came as case counts continued to soar in numerous provinces.
What’s happening across Canada
As of 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, Canada’s COVID-19 case count stood at 366,518, with 62,375 of those considered active cases. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 12,012.
Ontario reported 1,708 new cases of COVID-19 and 24 deaths on Sunday, with nearly 54,000 tests completed. Locally, there were 503 new cases in Peel Region, 463 in nearby Toronto and 185 in York Region. On Saturday, the province logged case numbers just shy of Friday’s one-day record as it reported 1,822 new diagnoses.
Officials in the province have said it could take at least two weeks to see some improvements after the added restrictions were imposed on Monday.
Quebec set a new single-day record with 1,480 new infections Saturday as the provincial death toll crossed the 7,000 threshold.
Alberta also broke its own record, reporting 1,731 new cases of the virus on Saturday. It also counted five new deaths.
Case numbers also jumped sharply in Manitoba, where officials recorded 487 new infections and 10 new deaths on Saturday. Among those who died was a boy under the age of 10, officials said, though they offered no other details.
On Sunday, RCMP officers prevented people from accessing the parking lot of the Church of God south of Steinbach, Man. Police recently issued two fines to a minister at the church for attending a protest against COVID-19 restrictions and being at a Sunday religious service.
Under Manitoba’s public health restrictions, group sizes can’t exceed more than five people inside or outside. Churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship must be closed to the public, including for drive-up or drive-thru services.
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Saskatchewan reported 197 COVID-19 cases and one death Saturday.
The province ordered the suspension of team sports earlier this week until Dec. 17 after confirmed COVID-19 cases among several minor and recreational hockey teams. The Saskatchewan suspension applies to hockey and curling leagues and dance studios.
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In British Columbia, Fraser Health announced the closure of an elementary school in Surrey after confirming 16 COVID-19 cases.
Newton Elementary School will close for two weeks, said Fraser Health.
B.C. reported a daily record of 911 COVID-19 cases Friday. The province will update its numbers Monday.
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Prince Edward Island reported two new COVID-19 cases, both involving young males aged 10 and 19.
What’s happening around the world
As of Sunday morning, there were more than 62.3 million cases of COVID-19 recorded worldwide, with more than 39.8 million of those considered recovered or resolved, according to a coronavirus tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The global death toll stood at more than 1.4 million.
Hong Kong reported 115 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, including 109 locally transmitted, the highest in nearly four months. The government has ordered schools to close from Wednesday until after the Christmas holidays.
India has reported 41,180 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, with the daily toll staying below the 50,000-mark for the fourth week.
New Delhi also got some respite as it added fewer than 5,000 cases for the first time in a month.
The New Delhi government decided that half its employees, barring senior officials, will be allowed to work from home starting Monday. India reported another 496 deaths in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 136,696. India’s confirmed cases since the pandemic began are more than 9.3 million, second behind the U.S.
The United Sates has reported four million cases for November, as of Saturday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. That’s more than double the 1.9 million cases reported the previous month. The total has recorded more than 13.2 million cases of the respiratory illness since the pandemic began, the most of any country.
The Czech Republic’s government has announced it is easing measures imposed to contain coronavirus infections. Sunday’s move was made possible by the falling numbers of new confirmed cases.
The day-to-day increase of new cases reached 2,667 on Saturday. The country of almost 10.7 million has had 518,649 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, with 8,054 fatalities.
Health Minister Jan Blatny said all stores, restaurants and bars can reopen on Thursday, with limitations on seating. Stores and shopping centres will also still have to limit the number of shoppers.
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