Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World on Sunday

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British Columbia medical health officials have said those seeking relief from a severe heat wave in the Lower Mainland this weekend should not be denied access to cooling centers due to physical distance or overcrowding issues.

Health officials – including Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and Interior Health – also said in a notice released Friday that the risks from high temperatures exceed those of COVID-19.

“If people are wearing a mask and have difficulty breathing, they should remove the mask, whether they are inside or outside, as wearing a mask can impact thermal regulation during heat episodes, “says the advisory.

Provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement that many pop-up vaccination sites will be moved indoors to cooler locations this weekend on Friday. -end.

The town of Lytton, in the southern interior of British Columbia, was Canada’s hottest spot on Saturday with temperatures reaching 42.9 ° C. Environment Canada warns of a dangerous and prolonged heat wave across much of the province and parts of Alberta, which is expected to last at least until Tuesday.

A cooling center is pictured at the Roundhouse Community Center in Vancouver on Thursday, June 24. (Ben Nelms / CBC)

In Manitoba, restaurants, gyms and hair salons reopened on Saturday with some restrictions.

The measures come after the province surpassed its goal of having 70 percent of Manitobans receiving one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 25 percent receiving two.

Dr Jazz Atwal, the province’s deputy chief public health officer, said that while some areas of Manitoba have not met these targets, the province does not want to impose restrictions based on regions.

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The provincial government continues to urge residents “to continue to follow basic principles and obey public health orders.”

Provincial authorities aim to have at least 75% of eligible people vaccinated with a first dose by August.

What’s happening across Canada

As of 7 a.m. ET as of Sunday, Canada had reported 1,412,868 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 8,924 considered active. A CBC News death tally stood at 26,214. More than 34 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the country so far, according to the CBC vaccine tracker.

Saskatchewan counted 61 new COVID-19 infections and one additional death on Saturday. The province also said that 70% of residents aged 12 and older have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Manitoba recorded 106 new cases and three additional deaths Ontario recorded 346 new cases and 13 additional deaths.

Starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, young Ontarians between the ages of 12 and 17 who live in designated hotspots for the COVID-19 delta variant can make expedited appointments for the second dose of the vaccine.

Quebec will drop to the lowest alert level on the province’s color-coded COVID-19 alert system on Monday, allowing for more relaxed restrictions on social gatherings and group sports.

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New Brunswick Public Health says 76,000 doses were administered in the past week, the highest seven-day moving average since the start of the pandemic.

Nova Scotia reported 11 new cases on Saturday, all in the central health zone.

Prince Edward Island’s chief public health officer Dr Heather Morrison said the province is moving forward with a plan to open up Atlantic Canada next Sunday.

In the Northwest Territories, a non-resident tested positive in Hay River. Chief public health officer Dr Kami Kandola said the case is linked to travel outside the territory and there is currently no exposure to public health risks.

What is happening in the world

As of Sunday morning, more than 180.7 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker. The death toll worldwide was over 3.9 million.

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a speech on the radio on Sunday to stress the need to vaccinate the country’s rural population and tackle vaccine reluctance.

India has administered more than 321 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine so far. It aims to fully immunize 300 million people or administer 600 million doses by July.

Kailash Nath, 69, receives a dose of the Covishield vaccine, made by the Serum Institute of India, at a vaccination center in New Delhi in this file photo from June 16. (Adnan Abidi / Reuters)

“Throughout the year, eminent scientists have been working around the clock, so we have to trust the science, the scientists and explain to the rumors the effectiveness of the vaccine,” Modi added.

Daily COVID-19 infections in India increased by 50,040 on Sunday, official data showed, as concerns grew over the detection of the highly infectious delta variant in some states.

Thai officials on Sunday announced a ban on indoor meals and gatherings of more than 20 people in Bangkok after a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases.

Construction sites and labor camps are closed in Bangkok and southern Thailand. The measurements will be maintained for 30 days.

Thailand has reported 3,995 new confirmed cases and 42 additional deaths from COVID-19.

Malaysia will indefinitely extend a nearly full lockdown that has been in place for a month. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Sunday the lockdown would not be relaxed unless new daily cases fall below 4,000, the vaccination rate reaches 10% and the demand for intensive care in hospitals is reduced. .

People receive the Sinovac vaccine in a mobile vaccine truck in Kuala Lumpur on June 21. (Mohd Rasfan / AFP / Getty Images)

The national Bernama news agency quoted Muhyiddin as saying he hopes this will happen by mid-July. Containment was due to expire on Monday.

In Europe, the UK has recorded its newest coronavirus infections since early February, as the National Health Service launches a ‘grab a jab’ initiative to further increase vaccination rates.

Government figures on Saturday showed another 18,270 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus across the UK Over the past week nearly 100,000 have tested positive, an increase of around 50% compared to the previous week.

Daily cases have increased quite sharply in recent weeks due to the delta variant, which was first identified in India and is considered to be more transmissible than the previous dominant strain. It represents almost all new cases in the UK

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