Coronavirus: What happened on Friday in Canada and around the world
According to the World Health Organization, shipments of COVID-19 vaccine have “almost stopped” in Africa, while coronavirus cases have soared by 20% in the past two weeks.
South Africa has the highest number of coronavirus cases in Africa, but continues to face delays in launching a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Due to pollution problems in a US factory, more than 1 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical factory in South Africa are still being shelved.
The head of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said he expects the US Food and Drug Administration to issue a statement on these contamination issues soon.
According to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracker, South Africa alone has reported more than 1.6 million COVID-19 cases and more than 56,000 deaths.
But the World Health Organization warned in a statement issued on Thursday that South Africa is not the only country responding to the increase in COVID-19 cases.
The statement said: “As the risk of a surge in COVID-19 cases increases, African countries must urgently increase their intensive care capacity to prevent overwhelming health facilities,” and noted that the pandemic “is on the rise in 14 countries across the continent” .
Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, said: “The third wave of threats in Africa is real and rising.” He added that more vaccines are urgently needed.
-From the Associated Press, Reuters, and CBC News, last updated at 7 am Eastern Time
What’s happening in canada
As of early Friday morning, Canada had reported 1,387,445 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 27,790 were considered active. The death toll on CBC News is 25,644.
To date, more than 24.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been vaccinated across the country. CBC’s vaccine tracker.
Thursday in Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia Report 25 new COVID-19 cases And another death-including a man in his 30s in the central region including Halifax.
Health officials in New Brunswick Report 16 new cases of COVID-19 One person died on Thursday, saying that a person in his 70s from the Fredericton area died.
Quebec On Thursday, 267 new cases of COVID-19 were reported and another 6 deaths were reported.
in OntarioFrom Friday, people who receive the first dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can choose to book a second dose of the same vaccine or mRNA vaccine, such as Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. The province reported 870 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths on Thursday.The number of hospitalizations is 729, of which 546 People in ICU Due to COVID-19.
In the prairie provinces, Manitoba Thursday report 360 new COVID-19 cases And five other people died.
Saskatchewan Thursday report 131 new COVID-19 cases And two other people died.
in Alberta Health officials report 296 new COVID-19 cases And five other people died.
In the entire north, no new cases have been reported Nunavut, This North-west region or Yukon Territory.
British Columbia Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that residents who have received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will be able to choose whether to continue with the same vaccine or take one of the other options.Health officials report 199 new COVID-19 cases On Thursday-the third consecutive day with fewer than 200 cases-two new deaths were added.
-From CBC News and Canadian media, the last update time is 7:05 AM EST
What is happening around the world
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, as of early Friday morning, more than 172.1 million COVID-19 cases have been recorded worldwide. Coronavirus toolsThe reported global death toll exceeds 3.7 million.
inside Asia Pacific In the region, India has reported another 132,364 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, showing a downward trend. This week, the number of recoveries exceeded the new cases and prompted several state governments to relax some restrictions.
According to the latest news released by the Ministry of Health on Friday, the total number of cases in the country has exceeded 28.6 million, second only to the United States, ranking second in the world. The ministry stated that another 2,713 people died in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 340,702. These figures are definitely underestimated.
inside America, White House officials said that US manufacturers of vaccine materials and ingredients will no longer need to prioritize orders from the three companies engaged in COVID-19 vaccines. This change is expected to alleviate the global shortage of key vaccine materials for overseas companies and governments.
inside middle East, The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have used Pfizer’s BioNTech vaccine as a booster injection to boost people who were initially immunized with the vaccine developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group Sinopharm Group.
in Europe, France is returning itself to the menu as a destination for vaccinated international tourists, no longer needs to test vaccinated Europeans for coronavirus, and allows vaccinated tourists from most other parts of the world (including the United States) It returned but was still a negative test.
The relaxation of the regulations will take effect from Wednesday, providing a boost to France’s tourism industry. However, tourism is impossible in countries that are fighting the virus surge and worrying variants. There are currently 16 countries in this “red list”, including India, South Africa and Brazil.
-From the Associated Press and Reuters, the last update time is 7 am EST