The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):
Alberta is reporting 644 new cases of COVID-19 and three new deaths.
The province says on its website that as of Saturday night, 1,972 of the 7,698 active COVID-19 cases were variants of concern.
Alberta’s chief medical health officer says in a tweet that there are 277 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 63 in ICU.
Health officials in Saskatchewan are now urging residents of Moose Jaw to follow the same public health guidelines as Regina due to a rise in the number of COVID-19 variants of concern in the province’s south.
The advice, contained in Saskatchewan’s daily pandemic update on Sunday, follows a warning from officials a day earlier that variants of concern cases were rising in Moose Jaw, which is about 70 km west of the capital.
Regina remains the area with the most variants of concern cases, with 1,126 of the Saskatchewan’s 1,365 variant cases identified so far through screening.
Last week, the province recommended that people avoid travelling into or out of Regina unless it was absolutely necessary, in order to stop the spread of more infectious variants of COVID-19.
Extra restrictions took effect in Regina and surrounding areas Sunday, including a ban on in-person dining in restaurants.
Saskatchewan reported three new deaths and 248 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.
Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting one new case of COVID-19.
Health officials say a man in his 40s from the central region was infected while travelling in Canada.
The province now has two active cases of COVID-19.
A total of 1,004 people in the province have recovered from the virus since the pandemic began.
Two new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia.
Both cases were recorded in the province’s central zone, with one related to travel and the other under investigation.
As well, health officials confirmed that an earlier case in the central zone related to travel was linked to the U.K. variant of the virus, though that case is now considered resolved.
This brings the total number of cases of the U.K. variant in Nova Scotia to 14, while the South African variant remains at 10.
As of Sunday, Nova Scotia had 25 active cases of COVID-19.
Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting six new cases of COVID-19 — all but one of them in the Edmundston area.
The new cases in the northern New Brunswick community, which is dealing with a recent outbreak, are all contacts of previously reported infections.
One new case reported in the Miramichi region is an individual in their 40s whose infection is travel related.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the province has reported 1,577 cases, which includes 1,432 recoveries, 30 deaths and 114 active cases.
Five patients remain in hospital, including one in intensive care.
Manitoba is reporting one new death of a person with COVID-19 and 55 new cases.
Today’s new death — a man in his 60s in the Winnipeg health region — is the 934th person with COVID-19 in Manitoba to die since the pandemic began.
The province reports there are 1,179 active cases, with 140 people in hospital due to COVID-19.
Twenty-seven of those are receiving intensive care.
The Quebec government is reporting 917 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths due to the pandemic, but none in the past 24 hours.
Hospitalizations declined by one to 480, but the number of people in intensive care increased by six to 114.
The province vaccinated 45,745 people in the last 24 hours, and has currently given a vaccine dose to 14.4 per cent of the population.
Some 29,407 tests were completed on Friday, which is the last day for which data is available.
Ten more people in Ontario have died with COVID-19 as the province reports 2,448 new cases of the disease.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 780 new cases in Toronto.
She says there are also 356 new cases in Peel Region, 278 in York Region, 278 in York Region, 219 in Durham Region and 150 in Ottawa.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 28, 2021.
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COVID cases in Ontario could spike to 30,000 per day by June
TORONTO (Reuters) – New cases of COVID-19 in Canada‘s most populous province could rise more than six fold, topping 30,000 per day by early June if public health measures are weak and vaccination rates remain flat, a panel of experts advising the province of Ontario said on Friday.
Even if measures to control the virus are “moderate,” the number of patients in Ontario ICUs could reach 2,000 in May, up from 695 on Friday.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario told doctors last week they may soon have to decide who can and cannot receive intensive care.
(Reporting by Allison Martell; Editing by Chris Reese)
Moderna sees shortfall in Britain COVID vaccine shipments, EU deliveries on track
ZURICH (Reuters) – U.S. drugmaker Moderna expects a shortfall in COVID-19 vaccine doses from its European supply chain hitting second-quarter delivery quantities for Britain and Canada, though European Union– and Swiss-bound shipments are on track, a spokesperson said.
The delays, first announced on Friday when Canada said Moderna would be delivering only about half the planned 1.2 million doses by the end of April, come as Switzerland’s Lonza ramps up three new production lines to make active ingredients for Moderna vaccine supplies outside of the United States.
“The trajectory of vaccine manufacturing ramp-up is not linear, and despite best efforts, there is a shortfall in previously estimated doses from the European supply chain,” Moderna said in a statement.
Lonza didn’t immediately return a phone call and email seeking comment on any issues in its production.
(Reporting by John Miller; editing by David Evans)
Moderna says vaccines to Canada to be delayed due to Europe shortfall
(Reuters) -Moderna Inc said on Friday a shortfall in COVID-19 vaccine doses from its European supply chain will lead to a delay in deliveries to some countries including Canada.
She said one to two million doses of the 12.3 million doses scheduled for delivery by Moderna in the second quarter would be delayed until the third.
Moderna officials in Europe did not immediately comment on the reason for the delays or give the total number of countries that would be impacted.
“Vaccine manufacturing is a highly complex process and a number of elements, including human and material resources have factored into this volatility,” said Patricia Gauthier, an executive at Moderna Canada.
Canada has distributed a total of 2.82 million doses of the Moderna vaccine as of April 14 and 12.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in total.
Moderna has been aiming to deliver 700 million to 1 billion doses of the COVID-19 globally this year, including from plants in Europe and the United States.
Swiss contract drug manufacturer Lonza makes active ingredients for Moderna’s vaccine in Visp, but it was still ramping up three new production lines that once operational would be able to produce 300 million shots annually.
The current supply, demand and distribution landscape has led the drugmaker to make adjustments in the expected second-quarter deliveries, Gauthier said.
(Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru, Allison Martell in Toronto and John Miller in Zurich; Editing by Arun Koyyur)