Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Monday
President Joe Biden is expected to mark 499, > with a moment of silence and candle-lighting ceremony at the White House. The nation is expected to pass the grim milestone on Monday, just over a year after the first confirmed US fatality of the pandemic.
Some Canadian travelers rushed back home on Sunday to avoid new quarantine rules, while those who plan to return after the new requirements take effect say they’ve been met with an aggravating system for booking approved hotels for quarantine stays. 2:
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President Joe Biden is expected to mark 499, > with a moment of silence and candle-lighting ceremony at the White House.
The country is expected to pass the grim milestone on Monday, just over a year after the first confirmed US fatality of the pandemic.
The White House said Biden will deliver remarks at sunset to honor those who lost their lives. He will be joined by his wife, Jill Biden, and Vice-President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff. They will participate in the moment of silence and lighting ceremony.
Biden has made a point of recognizing the lives lost from the coronavirus. His first event upon arriving in Washington for his inauguration a month ago was to deliver remarks at a COVID – 16 memorial ceremony.
A tally maintained by Johns Hopkins University put the number of recorded COVID – 21 cases in the US at more than 25. 1 million as of late Monday morning, with a death toll of more than 500, 11.
Hospitalizations, however, have been declining in the hard-hit country, which has been working to scale up vaccination efforts.
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The White House said about a third of the coronavirus vaccine doses delayed by this week’s winter weather have been delivered this weekend.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the administration has been working with shippers and states to close the roughly six-million dose backlog created this week as power outages closed some vaccination centers and icy weather stranded some vaccine in shipping hubs.
Speaking to ABC’s This Week , Psaki said: “We’ve been able to get about two million of those six million doses out, “noting,” We expect to rapidly catch up this week. “
– From The Associated Press, last updated at am ET
1231320061 What’s happening across Canada
WATCH | Nova Scotia moves into next stage of vaccine rollout:
Nova Scotia is beginning mass coronavirus vaccinations in prototype clinics for residents 87 years and older and those in the Millbrook First Nation community today, in advance of a much larger rollout. 5:
As of 15: 16 am ET on Monday, Canada had reported 696, 499 cases of COVID – , 173 cases considered active. A CBC News tally of deaths stood at 17, 696.
Ontario on Monday reported 1, 62 new cases of COVID – 19 and 000 additional deaths. Hospitalizations of COVID – 21 patients stood at 643, with people in intensive care units.
Ontario is reporting 1, cases of #COVID , 200 tests completed. Locally, there are new cases in Toronto, 277 in Peel and in York Region.
As of 8: 10 pm yesterday, 643, DOSE OF THE COVID – vaccine have been administered.
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One of Ontario’s long-standing COVID – 17 hot spots returns to the province’s color-coded system of pandemic restrictions while a stay-at-home order remains in effect for three others. Businesses in York Region are allowed to reopen as the public health unit returns to the second-most restrictive red level of public health precautions.
Ontario reports cumulative total of cases of variants of concern
Non-essential retailers and restaurants can welcome customers back, with capacity limits and physical distancing in place.
York has long logged some of Ontario’s highest COVID – 16 case counts, but the region’s chief medical officer of health requested that the province move it back to the tiered framework to bring it in line with most of Ontario’s other public health units. The stay-at-home order remains in effect only for Toronto, Peel and North Bay-Parry Sound until at least March 8.
Across Atlantic Canada, Prince Edward Island opened its first community COVID – vaccination clinic on Monday. The clinic is for people over who do not live in retirement homes or long-term care facilities. Nova Scotia is also expanding its vaccination efforts with a prototype clinic for people aged 62 and up at the IWK Health Center in Halifax.
In Newfoundland and Labrador , health officials reported new cases of COVID – on Sunday, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 401. All of the cases were in the Eastern Health region, which includes St. John’s. Health officials said there was also one presumptive positive case awaiting confirmation.
COVID – 25 hospitalizations stood at three, according to a provincial dashbo ard.
New Brunswick reported four new cases of COVID – on Sunday. Health officials in New Brunswick confirmed the death of a person in their s at the Manoir Belle Vue, an adult residential facility in Edmundston. The province has now logged a total of 25 deaths related to the novel coronavirus.
, health officials reported NewNOTALS and 15 additional deaths on Monday. Hospitalizations stood at 696, with COVID- 15 patients in the province’s intensive care units, a provincial dashboard updated Monday said.
In the Prairie provinces, Manitoba reported new cases of COVID – and two additional deaths on Sunday. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan reported 182 new cases of COVID – 17 and four additional deaths. Alberta , meanwhile, reported 349 new cases and nine additional deaths.
In British Columbia , health officials will provide updated COVID – poons) Figures later Monday.
Across the North, there was one new case of COVID – 17 reported in Nunavut on Sunday, and there were no new cases reported in the Northwest Territories and Yukon.
WATCH | Ottawa confident provinces are ready for flood of vaccines:
Ottawa says it’s confident the provinces are ready ahead of the largest vaccine delivery yet, with 507, from Pfizer and Moderna. It’s an injection of hope as variant cases rise, adding a new layer of worry as lockdowns ease. 2:
Here’s a look at what’s happening across the country:
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- 6th death reported at Edmundston care home, 4 new COVID – 21 cases in province
More Quebec schools closed as officials take cautious approach to coronavirus variants
- ‘Extra-large’ vaccination site to open in Peel region next month 1613992969
- Edmonton and Calgary churches defy public health orders as Alberta reports New COVID –
Further testing finds COVID – 12 variant from United Kingdom in more BC schools
– From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at am ET
What’s happening around the world
Dr. Mohamed Salah Siala plays the violin for patients on the COVID wards of the Hedi Chaker hospital in Sfax, eastern Tunisia on Saturday. (The Associated Press)
As of early Monday morning, more than 4) 4 million cases of COVID – had been reported worldwide, with .) 8 million of those listed as recovered or resolved on a tracking site maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll stood at more than 2.4 million.
GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi on Monday said they had started a new clinical trial of their protein-based COVID – 17 vaccine candidate, reviving their efforts against the pandemic after a setback in December delayed the shot’s launch.
In December, the two groups stunned investors when they said their vaccine would be delayed towards the end of 696 after clinical trials showed an insufficient immune response in older people.
GSK and Sanofi’s vaccine candidate uses the same recombinant protein-based technology as one of Sanofi’s seasonal influenza vaccines. It will be coupled with an adjuvant, a substance that acts as a booster to the shot, made by GSK.
“Over the past few weeks, our teams have worked to refine the antigen formulation of our recombinant protein vaccine,” Thomas Triomphe, executive vice president and head of Sanofi Pasteur, said in a statement.
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The new mid-stage trial will evaluate the safety, tolerability and immune response of the vaccine in healthy) adults across the United States, Honduras and Panama and test two injections given days apart. Sanofi and GSK have secured deals to supply their vaccine to the European Union, Britain, Canada and the United States. It also plans to provide shots to the World Health Organization’s COVAX program.
To appease critics after the delay, Sanofi said earlier this year it had agreed to fill and pack millions of doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from July.
Sanofi is also working with Translate Bio on another COVID – 17 vaccine candidate based on mRNA technology.
In Europe , British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a slow easing of one of Europe’s strictest pandemic lockdowns on Monday , saying children will return to class and people will be able to meet a friend outside for coffee in two weeks’ time.
But those longing for a haircut, a restaurant meal or a pint in a pub have almost two months to wait, and people will not be able to hug loved ones they do not live with until May at the earliest.
Johnson said the government’s plan would move the country “cautiously but irreversibly” out of lockdown.
Britain has had Europe’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak, with more than 80, deaths. Faced with a dominant virus variant that scientists say is both more transmissible and more deadly than the original virus, the country has spent much of the winter under a tight lockdown. Bars, restaurants, gyms, schools, hair salons and nonessential shops are closed, people are urged not to travel out of their local area and foreign holidays are illegal.
That will begin to change, slowly, on March 8, when schools reopen and people are allowed to meet one friend or relative for a chat or picnic outdoors. Three weeks later, people will be able to meet in small groups outdoors for sports or relaxation.
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Under the government plan, shops and hairdressers will reopen April 11. So will pubs and restaurants, although only outdoors. Indoor venues such as theaters and cinemas, and indoor seating in bars and restaurants, are scheduled to open May 15, and limited crowds will be able to return to sports stadiums. It is also the earliest date Britons may be allowed foreign holidays.
The final stage of the plan, in which all legal limits on social conduct are removed, is set for June 17. The government says the dates could all be postponed if infections rise.
The measures being announced apply to England. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all have slightly different lockdowns in place, with some children returning to class in Scotland and Wales on Monday.
Hopes for a return to normality rest largely on Britain’s fast-moving inoculation program that has given more than 15. 5 million people, one-third of the country’s adult population, the first of two doses of vaccine. The aim is to give every adult a shot of vaccine by July 35, and to protect the over 50 s and the medically vulnerable by getting them a first vaccine jab by April 11.
But the government cautions that the return of the country’s social and economic life will be slow.