Saskatchewan It kicked off its first three-step plan to reopen Sunday, easing some measures that have been enacted to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
Under Step One, up to 10 people are allowed indoor and outdoor private gatherings. In addition, outdoor sports and indoor fitness classes can be resumed.
Bars and restaurants will be allowed to seat six people at a table, from the current maximum of four, provided that these tables are separated by either two meters or a structural barrier. The rules become more relaxed in Step 2, which is set to begin on June 20.
The county reported 171 new cases of COVID-19 and one related death on Sunday. The number of hospitalizations also fell to 109, the lowest level since November last year.
What’s happening all over Canada
As of 5:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, Canada has reported 1,378,680 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 35,644 active cases. CBC News’ death toll was 25,512.
Alberta 391 new COVID-19 cases and five additional deaths were reported on Sunday.
The province announced that more than 60 percent of eligible Albertans received their first dose Friday, a standard that paves the way for the second phase of reopening on June 10.
The easing of public health orders under Phase 2 would see theaters, cinemas, museums and galleries reopen at a third of capacity and restaurants allowed to hold up to six people indoors from different homes. Outdoor social gatherings of up to 20 people are allowed while concerts and festivals can go on with up to 150 people.
Watch | Alberta will open in three phases, says the prime minister:
Manitoba It identified 292 new cases and seven more deaths. A joint health spokesperson said the county has also received 17 patients in intensive care units in the past 24 hours — an “unfortunate milestone” and a record high in the county’s epidemiological response.
Ontario 1,033 new infections and 18 new deaths were recorded.
Meanwhile, the county government says it will replace Dr. David Williams as chief medical officer of health, with Williams planning to retire in June. Williams, who was due to retire months ago but delayed the transition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, held the position for five years.
He will be replaced by Dr. Kieran Moore, the current Chief Medical Officer of Health at Kingston, Frontenac, Lenox, and Addington Public Health. Moore is expected to take over the role on June 26.
Quebec It confirmed 315 new cases and two more deaths on Sunday.
new bronze Nine new cases were registered. Health officials also announced that more than 62 percent of residents over the age of 12 in the county have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Nova Scotia It reported one death and 20 new cases on Sunday – the lowest number of new infections in more than a month.
With new daily cases on a downward trend, and as of Friday, 53 percent of Nova Scotia residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, the province will begin the first phase of its four-phase reopening plan on Wednesday.
Watch | Reopen plan “based on data, not dates”, says NS Prime Minister:
Newfoundland and Labrador Communities in the Stephenville area and on the Port-au-Port Peninsula are moving to Alert Level 4 in response to a cluster of cases in the western part of the county.
Increased public health measures will take effect at 4 p.m. Sunday, with 11 cases now linked to the cluster. There are also three presumptive positive cases.
What is happening around the world
As of Sunday, more than 170 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to a database from Johns Hopkins University in the United States. The reported global death toll has reached more than 3.5 million.
In the AmericasTwo-thirds of adults in the US state of New York have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, as hospitalizations statewide continues to decline.
Watch | Waking up to loosen restrictions in the city that never sleeps:
at EuropeBritain’s vaccine minister has said the government may require NHS workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in hopes of preventing medical workers from spreading the coronavirus to their patients.
at AsiaIn Myanmar, COVID-19 testing has dropped dramatically, and hospital workers swarmed following the military coup in February, as doctors and nurses who joined strikes and protests against the junta were arrested in droves.
at AfricaOn Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said South Africa has extended a nighttime curfew and restricted the number of people in gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19 as positive cases increase.