Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Tuesday
Quebec begins expanding the booster vaccine eligibility to its general adult population on Tuesday in an effort to combat the rampant variant of the Omicron coronavirus.
All adults 18 and older will be able to book an appointment to receive their third COVID-19 vaccine before the end of January. The provincial government has set a calendar for age groups from today until January 21 after shortening the interval between the second and third shot from six to three months.
Quebecers 55 and older are the first group to meet the requirements starting Tuesday, with the minimum age requirements decreasing in five-year increments for the rest of the month.
The province reported 15,293 cases of COVID-19 and 15 additional deaths on Monday, with 1,396 people in hospital.
The Canadian Armed Forces announced Monday that they were deploying up to 200 people, mostly to Montreal and nearby regions, to help speed up the provincial vaccination campaign.
Bill Blair, Federal Minister for Emergency Preparedness he said in a tweet On Monday, officials “continue to assess what other federal resources can be used to help the province fight COVID-19.”
-From The Canadian Press and CBC News, last updated at 7:25 am ET
What is happening across Canada
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In Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia expanded its eligibility for COVID-19 booster vaccines on Monday. Public health says anyone 30 years of age or older who received their second dose of vaccine at least 24 weeks ago is eligible for a booster. The update came when the province reported 1,020 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, with 36 people in hospital.
In New Brunswick, health officials reported 2,548 new cases since Friday and two additional deaths on Monday, with 51 people in hospital.
Prince Edward Island Health officials reported 161 cases of COVID-19 on Monday.
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Newfoundland and Labrador 519 new cases of COVID-19, an additional death and hospitalization, were reported on Monday as health officials tightened restrictions.
In Ontario, Prime Minister Doug Ford on Monday announced a change to remote learning, less than a week after his government insisted that face-to-face classes be resumed just two days late. The update came when the province announced that thousands of hospital procedures would be delayed as the province tightened restrictions in the face of a wave of Omcrion cases.
The province reported 13,578 cases and six additional deaths on Monday. Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Monday on Twitter that 1,232 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, although she noted that not all hospitals in Ontario report over the weekend.
On the other side of the North, the mayor of the small community of Arviat, in Nunavut, says resources “extend to the limit” by tracking contacts while officials try to keep abreast of COVID-19 cases. The territory had until Monday 207 active cases, of which 48 in Arviat.
In the prairies, of Manitoba the number of active COVID-19 infections has increased by thousands since the last update on New Year’s Eve. The province updated its online board on Monday, noting that there were 1,721 new cases on Monday alone, while hospitalizations rose to 228. The province also reported six additional deaths over three days.
Health officials a Saskatchewan i Alberta did not provide updated figures on Monday.
In British Columbia, health officials on Monday issued a statement with limited details on COVID-19 in the province over the past three days, providing a preliminary figure of 9,332 new cases. There was no up-to-date information on hospitalizations.
-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 7:25 am ET
What is happening around the world
As of Tuesday morning, approximately 292.6 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The overall death toll was more than 5.4 million.
In the Asia-Pacific region, authorities in the Indian capital have imposed a weekend house arrest order due to an increase in coronavirus infections caused by the Omicron variant.
Residents must stay home this Saturday and Sunday except for basic commodities such as food or medicine, said Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. All government workers, except those who provide essential services, will work from home. He noted, however, that very few people were extremely ill, with 124 people in need of oxygen support and seven with fans.
The capital registered more than 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and its test positive rate rose to 6.5 percent. One week earlier, the capital detected 300 infections and the test’s positivity rate was less than one percent.
The number of infections reported does not accurately reflect the true spread of the virus because it only includes registered cases.
In the America, Thousands of U.S. schools delayed scheduled return to the classroom, while the U.S. Congress experienced an unprecedented jump in infections as the seven-day positivity rate at a congressional test site went increase to 13% from just 1% in late November.
Brazilian cruise companies will suspend most operations until January 21, an industry association said on Monday, after health authorities recommended cruise travel.
In the Middle East, Israel will admit foreigners with alleged immunity to COVID-19 from countries considered medium-risk next week, partially reversing a ban imposed in late November in response to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.
In Africa, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and his wife Isaura have tested positive for COVID-19 and are isolating themselves, the president’s office said on Monday.
Meanwhile, South Africa reported 3,232 new cases of COVID-19 and an additional 87 deaths on Monday.
To date, the cumulative number of cases of # COVID19 identified in SA is 3,475,512 with 3,232 new cases have been reported. 87 deaths have been reported today, with a total of 91,312 deaths. The accumulated number of recoveries is now 3,224,152 with a recovery rate of 92.8% pic.twitter.com/IcqwGXERkS
In Europe, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Sylvia have tested positive for COVID-19, the palace said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The king and queen, who are fully vaccinated with three injections, have mild symptoms and are fine, given the circumstances,” the palace said in a statement.
Meanwhile, in France on Monday, health officials reported 67,641 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in a 24-hour period, a much lower figure than a couple of days ago, when additional daily infections exceeded 200,000.
-From Reuters, The Associated Press and CBC News, last updated at 9:25 am ET