Coronavirus: What happened on Saturday in Canada and around the world
As the pace of COVID-19 vaccination in Canada continues to accelerate, the country’s top public health official reiterated the importance of receiving a complete two-dose series of vaccines, especially now that the latest worrying variant has been discovered in several provinces.
Dr. Teresa Tan said on Friday that it was recently called the delta variant, which was first discovered in India, also known as B.1.617, and was found “basically throughout Canada.”
Tan said that this variant is believed to be the cause of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in parts of the UK and has proven to be more spread than previous versions of the new coronavirus.
Preliminary data released by the Department of Public Health last week showed that Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca-Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccines are effective against delta variants after two doses, but are less effective after only one dose.
As of Friday, 65% of eligible Canadians had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but the vaccine tracker showed that approximately 7% of the eligible population had been vaccinated.
Tam said the high spread of delta variants “is clearly a worrying feature.”
“[It] Means that in under-vaccinated people, or if we let go [of] Public health measures…In the context of a transmissible variant, this variant is likely to take off and replace other viruses in the community,” she said.
“So when there are variants such as delta variants in our community, getting a second dose is very important.”
Watch | Health officials say that the second dose of the vaccine against the delta variant is key:
As more and more vaccine supplies flood into the country, some provinces are speeding up the introduction of a second dose of vaccine.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday that a large number of vaccines will continue into the summer, and it is expected that by the end of August, there will be more than 2 million doses of Pfizer vaccine each week.
Trudeau said that Pfizer will receive 9 million doses in July and expects to have 9.1 million doses in August. He added that Canada has also negotiated an option with Pfizer and plans to deliver 3 million doses of Pfizer’s drugs in September.
Trudeau said he was encouraged by the vaccine introduced in Canada, adding that Canadians “have reason to be hopeful this summer and fall”.
“The more people vaccinated, the safer we will be… so let us start looking forward to more things we like, from camping to dinner with friends,” he said.
What’s happening in canada
As of 7 am Eastern Time on Saturday, Canada has reported 1,389,508 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 26,575 are considered active. The death toll on CBC News is 25,679.
Approximately 60% of Canadians have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In the past three months, the number of doses injected nationwide has increased from approximately 1 million to more than 25 million. Approximately 29 million doses of vaccine have been shipped to Canada, most of which are Pfizer-BioNtech vaccines.
Trudeau said that the 48 million doses of Pfizer currently ordered by Canada will be delivered by August.
British Columbia Report 183 new COVID-19 cases There was another death on Friday. This is the fourth consecutive day that the number of new cases per day has fallen below 200 in the province.
Watch | Reports of a small number of children vaccinated against Pfizer’s heart inflammation:
Alberta 244 new cases and 7 deaths were reported, while in neighboring areas Saskatchewan, Health officials report 89 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.
Manitoba Report 329 new cases and 4 deathsIn order to free up beds, dozens of COVID-19 patients remain in intensive care units in other provinces.
in Ontario, The province reports 914 new COVID-19 cases And 19 others died. According to provincial data, due to COVID-19, the number of hospitalizations is 687 and there are 522 in the ICU.
Quebec 279 new COVID-19 cases and 4 other deaths were reported on Friday. According to the provincial dashboard.
Across the north, Nunavut According to Governor Joe Savitataaq, a new case of COVID-19 was reported on Friday, bringing the number of active cases in the region to 10.
These two North-west region with Yukon Territory No new cases were reported on Friday.
Prince Edward Island Report Two new cases Thursday.
Watch | The Atlantic Province’s reopening plan includes a vaccine certification strategy:
What is happening around the world
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, as of Saturday morning, more than 172.6 million COVID-19 cases have been recorded worldwide. Coronavirus toolsThe reported global death toll exceeds 3.7 million.
Japan 1.24 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine have been shipped to Taiwan, more than double the amount of vaccine available on the island.
As Taiwan reported 472 new infections, the vaccine landed at Taipei’s main international airport on Friday afternoon.
Australian On Saturday, Victoria, the second most populous state, reported a slight increase in locally infected COVID-19 cases.
Five new cases were reported, bringing Victoria’s total in the most recent outbreak to 70.
The state capital Melbourne has entered the second weekend of the hard lockdown, which was originally scheduled to end on June 10. Restrictions in other parts of the state were relaxed on Friday.
inside United States, Hawaii Governor David Ige said on Friday that once 70% of the state’s population has been vaccinated against the disease, the state will remove isolation and COVID-19 testing requirements for travelers.
He said that once this level is reached, Hawaii will also cancel the requirement for people to wear masks indoors.
The state Department of Health website stated that 59% of Hawaii’s population had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 52% completed the dosing regimen.
Currently, travelers arriving from outside the state must be quarantined for 10 days, or in order to bypass the quarantine, they must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before departing for the island.