January 20, 2021

Recent COVID-19 developments in Canada

Recent COVID-19 developments in Canada (East of all time): 3:15 pm Newfoundland and Labrador report a new case of COVID-19 related to international travel.

Recent COVID-19 developments in Canada (East of all time):

3:15 p.m.

Newfoundland and Labrador report a new case of COVID-19 related to international travel.

In this case a person aged 20 to 39 in the Eastern Health Region is self-isolated at home.

Health officials say there are currently four serious cases in the province and one is in hospital.

2:15 p.m.

Nova Scotia today announced six new cases of COVID-19.

Three cases have been identified in the Central Zone – one of which resides on the campus of a student at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Other cases have been identified in the Northern Region and are linked to previously reported cases.

Nova Scotia claims to have 32 known active COVID-19 infections in the province.

2 p.m.

Manitoba reports 261 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths.

This brings the number of deaths due to the virus in the province to 755.

The province says there are 290 people in the hospital and 37 of them are in intensive care.

2 p.m.

New Brunswick today announced 23 new cases of COVID-19.

There are now 246 active reported in the province.

According to Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health, more than 2,000 people in New Brunswick are self-sufficient.

The province has reported three Govt-related deaths this week.

1:30 p.m.

Quebec’s health minister says the province plans to wait up to 90 days to provide booster shots to patients who have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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According to Christian Tube, this strategy will allow Quebec to vaccinate the most vulnerable seniors and reduce the pressure on the healthcare system.

Tube says health officials can reduce the gap between the first and second doses once more vaccines are available.

Tube says the Canadian Immunization Advisory Council has recommended a second dose of approved COVID-19 vaccine after the first 42 days, but based on the progression of the disease, the panel has agreed that the interval can be extended as needed.

12:50 p.m.

There have been an average of 7,727 Govt-19 cases in Canada over the past week, and hospital admissions and deaths are still on the rise.

In her daily national update on the epidemic, Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tom said the burden on hospitals and local health officials was getting worse.

He says the infection rates are much higher among those over 80, who are at higher risk for serious illness.

The good news is that no new cases of the UK or South African strains of the virus that causes COVID-19 were detected in Canada yesterday.

12:30 p.m.

Canada will receive a total of 929,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine by this weekend.

This includes delivering 380,000 new doses this week alone, according to Maj. Gen. Danny Ford, vice president of logistics for Canada’s public health organization.

The ship includes about 208,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine and 181,000 doses developed by Moderna.

Ford says weekly deliveries from both companies will increase to one million each by April.

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11:45 p.m.

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has called on the Liberal government to facilitate access to paid sick leave for Canadian workers to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Singh criticizes the backlog between filing for and receiving Canada Recovery Sick Benefit, which is a delay compared to applying for employment insurance.

He is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to remind parliament of federally regulated employees through Canada’s Labor Code, legislate 10 days’ paid sick leave, and further promote $ 500 a week, already in effect.

The new Democrat leader says the benefit is low, which indicates a lack of awareness among sick workers and what he sees as an “impossible choice” between work and stay at home.

Singh also demands strict restrictions on travel, but does not specify a “proper mechanism” to restrict foreign travel.

11:15 am

Quebec has recorded 2,132 new COVID-19 cases and a further 64 deaths, of which 15 incidents occurred in the last 24 hours.

The number of hospital admissions rose by seven to 1,523, with 230 in intensive care, an increase, the province said.

Health Minister Christian Tube is scheduled to hold a press conference on the Quebec vaccine campaign.

The province delivered 107,365 units as of Tuesday.

Quebec has a total of 236,827 COVID-19 infections and 8,878 deaths associated with the virus.

11:10 am

Ontario labor inspectors will explode large box stores this weekend to enforce public health rules.

Labor Minister Monte McNaughton said inspectors would visit stores in Toronto, Hamilton, the Peel region, the York region and the Durham region.

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He says inspectors would have the power to issue tickets of up to $ 750 to save supervisors, workers or patrons if public health rules are not followed.

Researchers will focus on ensuring that people wear masks, maintain body distance and follow safety guidelines.

10:30 p.m.

The province of Ontario says there are 3,326 new Govt-19 cases in the province, and 62 deaths related to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 968 of those new cases are in Toronto, 572 in the Peel region and 357 in the York region.

Vaccinations continue throughout Ontario, with 14,237 doses administered since Wednesday’s update.


This report of the Canadian edition was first published on January 14, 2021.

The Canadian Press