- The number of COVID-19 deaths in Canada currently exceeds 20,000.
- Canadian airlines suspended flights to sun spots.
- Coronavirus variant detected in Waterloo, Ont., nursing home epidemic.
- Que. It will announce changes to the state’s restrictions on Tuesday.
- Nunavut announces 10 new cases in the highly affected community Arviat.
- British war veteran who collects millions to fight the epidemic Hospitalized with COVID-19.
Canada’s official COVID-19 death toll exceeded 20,000 on Sunday as flights landed to major solar destinations in an attempt to limit the further spread of the virus.
The extractive figure came after Quebec and Ontario reported 31 and 43 new deaths related to the virus, respectively. This number increased by four later the day Manitoba recorded four new linked deaths.
Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam said that the number of new daily cases is in a downward trend.
However, he warned that it was too early to lift widespread public health restrictions, and said the virus was spreading rapidly to some parts of the country.
Tam called on Canadians to abide by public health code to support frontline healthcare workers, who he said are at risk of psychological distress and burnout due to stress, long hours of work, and difficult medical decisions they have to make, in a statement Sunday.
“In the face of these challenges, frontline healthcare professionals can feel tremendous personal, institutional, or social pressure to become superheroes – not to look vulnerable, tired, worn or weak,” he wrote. “All these pressures can prevent them from seeking the care, treatment and support they need for their own mental health.”
The vast majority of deaths in Canada are in Ontario and Quebec, which together accounted for around 16,000 deaths. According to the Ministry of Health of Ontario COVID-19 datasheet1,658 people with COVID-19 died in January 2021, making it the deadliest month of the epidemic in the state ever.
Meanwhile, Canada’s four major airlines have suspended flights to Mexico and the Caribbean as of Sunday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday that Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat have adopted the measure to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The restriction will last until April 30, and Trudeau said the airlines will help arrange the return of customers who are currently on a trip.
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This is one of a series of new government measures aimed at preventing Canadians from traveling abroad during the troubles of February and during the spring break.
As of this Thursday, all international passenger flights must land at one of four airports, either Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary or Montreal.
And in the coming weeks, all air travelers arriving in Canada will need, at their own expense, to stay three nights at a government-approved hotel and take a COVID-19 test.
Travel restrictions are due to the temporary slowdown in vaccine deliveries by Canada’s two approved vaccine manufacturers, Pfizer and Moderna, fearing imports of new variants may derail the progress made against the disease in recent weeks.
What’s happening in canada
As of 17:45 on Sunday, Canada reported 778,972 COVID-19 cases and 53,281 cases were considered active. One CBC News death toll was 20,032.
In British ColumbiaThe Vancouver police Fined $ 17,000 and arrested one after closing a makeshift nightclub.
Alberta saw 461 new COVID-19 cases and eight additional deaths Sunday.
Saskatchewan reported 238 new cases and four deaths.
Manitoba announced 119 new cases and four additional deaths.
Ontario registered 1,848 new cases and 43 more deaths.
Ont. Officials in Waterloo report the first case of a new more contagious COVID-19 strain detected in the area an outbreak in the long-term nursing home. Public Health of Ontario has confirmed 58 variant cases in the state, but district health officials said they suspected the number was higher.
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Quebec reported 1,223 new cases and 31 more deaths.
Premier François Legault plans to announce changes to Quebec’s COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday, and said he hopes to loosen some restrictions, especially on retail stores, if the situation allows.
New brunswick registered 26 new infections. There are currently 283 active cases in the state, mostly concentrated in the Edmundston and Grand Falls area, which remain in complete isolation.
Nova scotia saw no new cases.
I would like to thank Nova Scotians for continuing to follow public health protocols and attending rapid test clinics. Your hard work helps contain the virus while you wait for the vaccine supply to become more consistent.
Newfoundland and Labrador also reported no new cases. However, health officials continue to investigate the source of a cluster in the province’s Eastern Health region.
In Northwest region, A containment order in Fort Liard removed. The community was put under control for a two-week period after a cluster of cases occurred in the community in mid-January. A total of six cases have been confirmed since then, all of which have improved.
In Nunavut, A second outbreak in Arviat continues to grow as the region is announced 10 new cases in the most affected community. Arviat is the only community in Nunavut with active cases.
What’s happening in the world
More than 102.7 million cases of COVID-19 were reported worldwide as of Sunday, of which 56.9 million have been recovered or resolved, according to a monitoring tool run by Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll was just over 2.2 million.
In EuropeAustria and Germany say they will provide medical assistance to Portugal as the country tackles the increase in COVID-19 cases.
Portugal has been the country with the world’s worst new daily case and death rate for more than a week, according to a score by Johns Hopkins University, and the country has imposed border restrictions with Spain and banned all non-essential travel abroad.
In AsiaSouth Korea said it will maintain higher physical distance measures for at least two weeks, as health officials expressed concerns about a possible increase in coronavirus infections surrounding the February New Year holidays.
The government will also maintain restrictions on indoor dining in the Seoul metropolitan area for two more weeks, requiring restaurants to provide only deliveries and take-outs after 21:00.
In AmericaPeru launched a severe isolation Sunday to combat the rising COVID-19, but the order was largely ignored in the country’s capital.
Despite President Francisco Sagasti’s calls for people to stay at home, the marketplaces were crowded and hundreds of people crowded bus stations in Lima to go to the less restricted countryside.
In AfricaAirport officials said Egypt received the first shipment of 50,000 doses of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.
This was the second shipment of coronavirus vaccine received by Egypt, which received 50,000 doses of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine last month.