Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada on Thursday and around the world



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British Columbia is delaying full return to classrooms in January to allow public health officials to assess the impact of the Omicron COVID-19 variant and give school staff time to implement improved safety measures.

Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside said on Wednesday that staff and students whose parents are health workers, as well as those in need of additional support, will return to schools on Jan. 3 or 4. All other students will return to the classrooms on January 10th.

“We need to make sure we have the foundation to keep our schools open safely,” Whiteside said.

British Columbia is not the only one to adjust the return to school. Newfoundland and Labrador officials said Wednesday that schools will move to remote learning after the Christmas break, with the decision to be re-examined weekly.

Nova Scotia announced earlier this week that students will return to face-to-face learning, although they will return to the classroom a few days later than originally planned. Manitoba had already announced a delay, saying before the Christmas break that return to classrooms would be delayed until Jan. 10.

Announcements in BC, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador arrive as Ontario students, teachers and parents await the news of their return to school.

-From The Canadian Press and CBC News, last updated at 7:50 am ET

What is happening across Canada

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For more details on the situation in your province and territory, including the latest news on hospitalizations and ICU capacity, as well as local testing issues, click on local coverage below.

In Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador all saw maximums of COVID-19 cases on Wednesday in a single day.

In Nova Scotia, health officials reported 586 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, with 24 people in hospital.

All over the north of Nunavut The prime minister said on Wednesday that his government is seeking help from the federal government as COVID-19 cases increase. The update came when the territory reported an additional 37 cases, bringing the number of active cases to 74.

In the Northwest Territories, health officials say 68 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported since Christmas Eve Yukon Health officials reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 in the same period.

In Central Canada, Quebec 13,149 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Wednesday, a maximum of one day, and an additional 10 deaths. OntarioMeanwhile, a maximum of 10,436 cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths were recorded in one day.

In the provinces of La Prada, Manitoba 947 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Wednesday, a new high, and an additional death. In Saskatchewan, health officials reported 293 cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths.

Alberta doubled its number of active cases of COVID-19 in one week, while recording its highest single-day increase in new infections. A record 2,775 new cases were recorded on Wednesday.

In British Columbia, Health officials on Wednesday reported five additional deaths and 2,944 new cases of COVID-19, a new high for the province.

-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 7:15 am ET

What is happening around the world

A woman is taking the COVID-19 test on Wednesday in La Paz, Bolivia. (Claudia Morales / Reuters)

As of Thursday morning, approximately 284.6 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Database, which tracks cases worldwide. Of the world. The overall death toll was more than 5.4 million.

In the America, Bolivia’s major cities canceled all public activities for New Year’s Eve after the country reached a record 4,939 new cases of COVID-19, the highest day-long figure in the entire pandemic in the South American nation.

Cases in the United States hit a record high, but Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said deaths and hospitalizations are “comparatively” low. However, some states are dealing with a case load large enough to put serious pressure on hospital systems.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has reached a record pandemic in Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday as he ordered more members of the state National Guard to enter hospitals to help with increase.

Ohio had 5,356 people hospitalized with coronavirus on Wednesday, the highest since the pandemic began in March 2020, accounting for more than one in five hospital beds. This is also the highest per capita hospitalization rate in the country, said Robert Wylie, head of medical operations at the Cleveland Clinic.

More than nine in 10 people hospitalized with COVID-19 since June have not been vaccinated, DeWine said.

In the Asia-Pacific region, the Chinese city of Xi’an on Thursday reported another 155 local cases, bringing the total number to the highest seen in any Chinese city this year, as infections continue to spread eight days after a blockade.

In Africa, health officials in South Africa reported 9,020 new cases of COVID-19 and an additional 81 deaths.

In Europe, Paris residents and tourists will have to wear outdoor masks from Friday, as France sees an increase in COVID-19 infections fueled by the Omicron variant.

People are wearing face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19 while ice skating at an amusement fair in Paris on Wednesday. (Thibault Camus / The Associated Press)

The Paris police prefecture said the mask rule will apply to people aged 12 and over, although people will be exempt as long as they ride bicycles or motorcycles, travel in vehicles and exercise. Those who do not comply face a fine.

Masks are now mandatory in shops, public facilities and office buildings and on public transport in France. The French government announced measures to combat the spread of coronavirus this week, when France recorded a daily record of 208,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

In the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates reported 2,234 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, with no additional deaths.

-Associated Press, Reuters and CBC News, last updated at 7:15 am ET

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