The two worst-hit provinces in Canada recorded new single-day high COVID-19 numbers on Wednesday, with 2,923 new cases reported in Ontario and 2,511 in Quebec.
Health officials Ontario A further 19 additional deaths were reported, bringing the provincial death toll to 4,474. The number of hospital admissions increased to 1,177, with 323 COVID-19 patients in the intensive care units.
The record high in Ontario on Wednesday was announced after the provincial finance minister was fired for traveling to the Caribbean for a holiday. Rod Phillips said in a statement Tuesday night that he was leaving for St. Barts on Dec. 13 after the end of the legislative session.
Ontario, locked on Dec. 26, advises against essential travel.
In a statement, Prime Minister Doug Ford said his decision to travel to Phillips was “totally unacceptable and would not be tolerated again – he or any of our cabinet and any member of the Caucasus.”
“I have told the minister that he should return to the country immediately.”
Phillips said in his statement that he deeply regrets traveling during the holidays.
“This is a mistake, I apologize,” his statement said. “I’m making arrangements to return to Ontario immediately. I will begin the 14 – day isolation as soon as I arrive.”
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Ontario’s finance minister is not the only politician facing criticism on holiday – Quebec Liberal MNA Pierre Arcond apologizes after trip to Barbados , Whom he had not seen for almost a year.
Quebec A further 41 deaths were reported on Wednesday, bringing the provincial death toll to 8,165.
One step Provincial Dashboard, The number of hospital admissions in Quebec was 1,211, with 152 Govt-19 patients in ICUs.
In British ColumbiaThe number of cases related to the explosion of a ski resort near Kelovna has now risen to 111, health officials said.
In Prairie, Manitoba 130 new cases and two additional deaths have been recorded; Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenny says the province is far short of the government’s promise to vaccinate 29,000 people by the end of this year; And Saskatchewan 147 new cases and three deaths were reported.
In Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick Added a new case; Prince Edward Island Two announced, two related to travel; Nova Scotia Three registered; And Newfoundland and LabradorThe active caseload is 18 after no new infections have been reported.
In the north, the first doses of the Moderna Covit-19 vaccine arrived Nunavut On a scheduled Canadian northern flight on Wednesday, the region has one more week to announce details on how the vaccine will be distributed.
As of 3pm on Wednesday, the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada was 571,210, with 73,193 cases still active. A CBC News death toll was 15,442.
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– Updated from CBC News and The Canadian Press at 3:15 p.m.
What is happening across America
The new variant of the corona virus did not travel to a Colorado man, which raised many questions about how the first American case of the new version was shown in the Rocky Mountain state.
The new variant was first identified in the UK, where infections are now on the rise in the UK, where the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has surpassed the first peak in the spring. The new variant has been found in many countries, including Canada.
The United States has seen more than 19.5 million cases of COVID-19 and has recorded more than 338,000 COVID-19-related deaths since the outbreak. Johns Hopkins University Surveillance Tool.
In the worst-hit state of California, hospitals in Los Angeles County are becoming “crisis care” and bracing for a worsening of the corona virus outbreak in the new year, the state’s top health official said.
Dr. Mark Galli’s comment came on Tuesday as he extended the stay of strict stay orders in areas with some beds in the intensive care units.
Southern California and the Valley of Agricultural San Joaquin said the ICU was not capable of treating Govt-19 patients. Some of the drowned hospitals have no place to drop off ambulances or get oxygen to patients who cannot breathe, he said.
The state’s “crisis care” guidelines allow ration treatment when staff, medicine and supplies are in short supply.
More than 31,000 new corona virus infections and 242 people died in California on Tuesday. About 25,000 people in the state have died of COVID-19 during the epidemic.
– From the Associated Press and Reuters, last updated at 7:30 p.m.
What is happening around the world
As of Wednesday, more than 82.2 million Govt-19 cases had been reported worldwide, and more than 46.5 million cases were considered recovered or settled. Johns Hopkins. The global death toll is approaching 1.8 million.
World Health Organization President Tetros Adanom Caprais on Wednesday said the Kovacs initiative – a program that will help all countries get the corona virus vaccine – “urgently” needs $ 4 billion to buy vaccines.
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In Europe, The United Kingdom extended its highest level of restrictions to three-quarters of the UK population. On Wednesday, the UK became the first country to approve AstraZeneca-Oxford Govit-19 vaccine.
In Asia, China’s National Health Authority is encouraging tens of thousands of migrant workers not to go home during the lunar New Year holidays in February to prevent the spread of the corona virus. Authorities are carrying out a campaign to vaccinate 50 million people before the holidays.
In United StatesAfter Britain grants the green light on Wednesday, Brazil will soon weigh in on emergency use approval for the AstraZeneca vaccine. Fiocruz, based in Rio de Janeiro, agreed to import and bottle about 100 million doses by June, eventually making the vaccine locally.
In Africa, Zimbabwe has postponed the reopening of schools scheduled for next week due to an increase in corona virus infection and a tropical storm in the region. The teachers’ union has previously petitioned the courts to stop the reopening, saying it is not safe for students to return to class.
– Updated on ET at 2pm, from the Associated Press and Reuters