British Columbia It joins the list of provinces that are gradually easing restrictions this week. Prime Minister John Horgan and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Monday that the province will move to Step 2 on Tuesday, given the low number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and high vaccination rates.
Under the relaxed restrictions, large outdoor and indoor gatherings will be allowed and indoor fitness classes can resume, as well as leisure travel across British Columbia.
The four-step reopening plan released last month said the county could move to Step 2 on June 15 provided there are fewer cases and hospitalizations and if 65 percent of eligible adults receive at least one dose of the vaccine.
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The county has recorded a total of 277 cases over the past three days, including 96 new cases as of Saturday, 113 from Sunday and 68 on Monday – the lowest daily rate since last August. There were four deaths associated with the same time period.
Quebec It is also easing COVID-19-related restrictions in some parts of the province, including Montreal and Quebec City.
As of Monday morning, all areas previously classified as orange areas in the county’s epidemic alert system have been downgraded to yellow.
These include Montreal, Quebec City, Laval, Monterrey to the south of Montreal, Laurentians, Lanaudiere, Estre, Ottawa and parts of Bas-Saint-Laurent.
The change means that people from two different families can gather indoors, outdoor team sports can resume and more people can attend weddings, funerals and religious services.
Quebec has been reporting fewer than 200 COVID-19 cases per day for more than a week, and hospital admissions have been steadily declining. County health officials on Monday reported one additional death and 123 new cases of COVID-19.
The update came as officials announced that border restrictions between Ontario and Quebec will be lifted later this week after months of restrictions on non-essential travel. Travel from Ontario to Quebec has been restricted since April 19 due to concerns about transmission of COVID-19 variants.
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The Quebec Public Security Department said the reopening would mean an end to “intermittent” border controls along the province’s borders.
-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 2 p.m. ET
What’s happening all over Canada
As of 8:45 p.m. ET on Monday, Canada had reported 1403,285 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 16,270 considered active cases. CBC News’ death toll has reached 25,944. More than 29.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far across the country, according to the CBC Vaccine Tracker.
at OntarioStarting Monday, more people will be able to reserve a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine can now book a second shot after eight weeks. The Ontario government had previously set a waiting period of at least 12 weeks for people who took their first dose of AstraZeneca.
The county, which entered the first phase of its reopening plan on Friday, recorded four additional deaths on Monday and 447 new cases of COVID-19.
In the north, no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Nunavut on Monday, Prime Minister Joe Savikatake He said on Twitter. Masks became mandatory Monday across the territory to increase protection against the spread of COVID-19.
The chief public health official also confirmed that there were no additional cases of COVID-19 at Aksrniet Middle School in Iqaluit after two students tested positive.
“The risk of exposure to other students in the school is considered low, and it is safe for staff and students from the second group to resume classes tomorrow,” said Michael Patterson.
The Northwest Territories No new cases have been reported, while Yukon, which declared the outbreak in Whitehorse over the weekend, has not yet provided updated numbers for the day. “The outbreak is associated with young people and adults who have not yet been vaccinated,” a statement from Yukon health officials said on Sunday.
in Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia It reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, and new bronze I mentioned one. Newfoundland and Labrador Four new cases.
There were no new cases reported in Prince Edward Island By Monday evening.
in the prairie provinces, Manitoba It reported two deaths and 124 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The county’s chief public health official, Dr. Brent Rosen, told reporters during a briefing that all patients currently in the intensive care unit with COVID-19 have not been vaccinated.
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SaskatchewanMeanwhile, 55 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death were reported on Monday. Starting Monday, anyone age 50 or older can book their second dose of the vaccine. Second doses are also open to anyone who received their first dose on or before April 15, regardless of age, and to anyone 18 or older in the North.
at AlbertaOn Monday, Prime Minister Jason Kenney laid out details of a lottery that will provide three million dollar prizes to Albertans who have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The county reported 115 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and one related death.
–From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 6:45 p.m. ET
What is happening around the world
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As of early Monday afternoon, more than 176 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to the tracking website published by Johns Hopkins University in the United States, and the reported global death toll has reached more than 3.8 million.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing on Monday that he welcomes recent announcements from G7 countries regarding vaccine donations, but cautioned that more needs to be done. He reiterated his call to ensure vaccines reach health workers around the world, saying that people on the front lines of the pandemic should get priority access.
Tedros said the numbers of new cases from around the world that have been reported to the World Health Organization have fallen for seven consecutive weeks, but noted that deaths are not declining as quickly.
“The number of deaths reported last week was the same as the previous week,” he said.
“More than 10,000 people die every day. During this press conference alone, more than 420 people will die. These communities need vaccines, and they need them now, not next year” –Tweet embed #VaccinEquity https://t.co/LRUEz7bixg
at EuropeBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday that the next planned easing of coronavirus restrictions in England will be delayed by four weeks, until July 19, as a result of the spread of variable delta.
“I think it’s reasonable to wait a little longer,” he said. “Now is the time to ease the accelerator, because by being vigilant now we have a chance in the next four weeks to save several thousand lives by vaccinating millions more.”
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German officials said Monday that the country’s coronavirus tracking app helped alert nearly 200,000 people who later tested positive for COVID-19 that they had been in contact with an infected person. The Corona-Warn-App has been downloaded in the country more than 28 million times since its launch nearly a year ago.
Moscow will be giving away cars in a prize raffle to residents who got a COVID-19 shot in an effort to speed up the slow vaccination rate.
In the Asia Pacific In the region, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he was reassured by other G7 leaders who had shown “strong support” for his determination to host the Tokyo Olympics next month. Suga told reporters while in Britain for the G7 summit that he had made clear to other leaders Japan’s commitment to ensuring, through anti-virus measures, that the Games were safe and secure.
“I am reassured by the strong support I have received from all the other leaders,” Suga said Sunday before returning to Tokyo. “I have renewed my determination to make the Tokyo Olympics a success at any cost.”
Several Indian states have eased restrictions, including Delhi, where the number of new infections fell to the lowest level in more than two months.
at AfricaThe multilateral lender said Kenya has received a US$750 million loan from the World Bank to support its budget and help the East African economy recover from the effects of the pandemic.
In the AmericasMexican health officials said the country will receive its first shipment of J&J vaccines on Tuesday.
Latin American countries’ ability to fight corruption has waned over the past year as the pandemic has sucked up resources and given politicians in some countries space to weaken judicial bodies, according to a report.
In the Middle eastIranian state TV reported that the country has agreed to an emergency use of the first home-developed coronavirus vaccine that could bring the worst-affected country in the Middle East closer to vaccinating its citizens against COVID-19.
The emergency permit was approved after the country had problems importing enough vaccines.
Lebanon has vaccinated a record daily number of people against COVID-19, bringing the total number of shots being taken across the country against the virus to more than one million.
Nearly 23,000 people were vaccinated on Sunday alone in different parts of the country on the third weekend of the COVID-19 vaccination “marathon” to speed up vaccinations, the health ministry said, calling on all residents aged 53 or over. Older, as well as people with disabilities aged 16 or over for Pfizer-BioNTech shots.
–From Reuters, Associated Press and CBC News, last updated at 5:25 p.m. ET.