A cupboard committee of Alberta’s United Conservative authorities is predicted to satisfy Monday to determine whether or not to additional ease public well being restrictions.
Premier Jason Kenney mentioned final week that the key metric is the hospitalization fee, which has been nicely below 300 for 3 weeks, however the variety of Albertans in hospital with COVID-19 has been climbing.
On Sunday, officers reported there have been 282 people in hospital.
The 300 determine was introduced in January as the benchmark wanted earlier than Alberta might transfer to the third part of its reopening plan, which incorporates opening leisure venues corresponding to film theatres and casinos, and additionally permits grownup crew sports activities.
Here is a abstract of immediately’s <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19AB?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#COVID19AB</a> numbers: over the final 24 hours now we have recognized 555 new circumstances, which incorporates an extra 184 variant of concern circumstances. We have accomplished an extra 11,405 checks, giving a positivity fee of 4.8%. (1/3)
The variety of new COVID-19 circumstances per day in Alberta has additionally climbed to greater than 500 every day since the center of final week.
Currently, retailers, eating places, youth sports activities, and in-person worship providers are open with capability restrictions, however indoor gatherings stay banned and outside get-togethers are capped at 10 individuals.
According to a federal web site that tracks variant-of-concern circumstances, as of Sunday night Alberta had 1,581 reported circumstances of the B117 variant — the most of any province. The up to date figures confirmed greater than 5,150 reported cases of variants of concern throughout Canada, together with:
- 4,807 circumstances of the B117 variant first reported in the U.Ok.
- 243 circumstances of the B1351 variant first reported in South Africa.
- 104 circumstances of the P1 variant first reported in travellers from Brazil.
-From The Canadian Press and CBC News, final up to date at 7:45 a.m. ET
What’s happening throughout Canada
WATCH | Ontario sees over 1,700 new COVID-19 circumstances for third straight day:
As of early Monday morning, Canada had reported 933,790 circumstances of COVID-19, with 35,009 circumstances thought-about energetic. A CBC News tally of deaths stood at 22,676.
In Atlantic Canada, well being officers reported a complete of seven circumstances of COVID-19 on Sunday — six in Nova Scotia and one in New Brunswick.
Quebec well being officers reported 648 new circumstances of COVID-19 on Sunday and 5 extra deaths. Hospitalizations in the province stood at 501, with 102 COVID-19 sufferers reported to be in intensive care items.
In Ontario, individuals aged 75 and older can ebook a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. The province reported 1,791 new circumstances of COVID-19 on Sunday and 18 extra deaths on Sunday. According to a provincial dashboard, the variety of COVID-19 sufferers in hospital stood at 760, with 305 in intensive care.
Across the North, Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq tweeted on Saturday that the territory had no energetic circumstances.
‼️Nunavut is reporting ZERO energetic circumstances of <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#COVID19</a> immediately! <br><br>Way to go Arviarmiut! Your energy and laborious work has paid off. Keep it up. I’m so happy with my house group!‼️ <a href=”https://t.co/gjzy5JZP9N”>pic.twitter.com/gjzy5JZP9N</a>
Across the Prairie provinces, Manitoba reported 90 new circumstances and seven extra deaths on Sunday, whereas Saskatchewan reported 178 new circumstances and one extra loss of life.
British Columbia is slated to supply up to date figures later Monday that cowl the weekend.
-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, final up to date at 7:25 a.m. ET
What’s happening around the world
As of early Monday morning, greater than 123.2 million circumstances of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, in keeping with a monitoring device maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The international loss of life toll stood at greater than 2.7 million.
AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine carried out higher than anticipated in a serious late-stage trial doubtlessly paving the method for its emergency authorization in the United States and bolstering confidence in the shot after quite a few setbacks.
In Europe, Germany is about to increase a lockdown to include the pandemic into its fifth month, in keeping with a draft proposal forward of Monday’s video convention of regional and nationwide leaders, after an infection charges exceeded the degree at which authorities say hospitals will likely be overstretched.
Bells tolled throughout the Czech Republic at midday Monday to honour those that have died of COVID-19 in one in every of the hardest-hit European Union nations.
In the Americas, officers in Miami Beach voted on Sunday to increase an 8 p.m. curfew and emergency powers for as much as three weeks to assist management unruly and principally maskless crowds which have converged on the celebration vacation spot throughout spring break.
Cuba introduced on Sunday it could vaccinate 150,000 front-line staff as a part of the remaining part of a scientific trial of the nation’s main COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
Brazil’s authorities has been in talks since March 13 about doubtlessly importing extra COVID-19 vaccines from the United States, Reuters reported.
In the Asia-Pacific area, India reported its most COVID-19 circumstances and deaths in months on the first anniversary of the begin of a chaotic countrywide lockdown.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will announce a date for quarantine-free journey with Australia inside two weeks, regardless of mounting strain from companies to open borders with neighbouring nations.
Health-care staff obtained the first photographs in Taiwan’s COVID-19 vaccination drive Monday, starting a marketing campaign that will not use provides from China amid uneven distribution of the vaccines globally. Taiwan has on hand 117,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which it’s distributing to health-care staff throughout 57 hospitals.
Taiwanese Premier Su Tseng-chang launched the drive by receiving the first shot at National Taiwan University Hospital in the capital Taipei. “After half-hour of relaxation, there isn’t any indicators of any discomfort,” he mentioned. The relaxation interval is for monitoring recipients for any hostile reactions.
Papua New Guinea on Monday stepped up pandemic restrictions, ordering pubs, golf equipment and gaming websites to shut from Wednesday, after reporting one other leap in COVID-19 circumstances. The new curbs got here in addition to tighter inside border controls, bans on giant gatherings, faculty closures and mask-wearing mandates imposed final week as infections spiked.
Health officers in Papua New Guinea on Monday reported 242 new circumstances as of Saturday, bringing complete confirmed circumstances in the South Pacific nation to three,359. The loss of life toll remained at 36. Police Commissioner David Manning, who’s working the nation’s pandemic response, mentioned a part of the nation’s problem was that lots of the circumstances had been asymptomatic.
In Africa, South Africa has concluded the sale of AstraZeneca AZN.L COVID-19 vaccines it had acquired however didn’t use to different African Union (AU) member states, the well being ministry mentioned on Sunday.
In the Middle East, Lebanon has eased its almost two-month lockdown due to coronavirus with eating places opening to the public for the first time in two months amid strict measures to forestall the unfold of the virus. Restaurants will likely be allowed to have a 50 per cent capability indoor with a two-metre distance between every desk whereas outside they are going to be allowed to have a 75 per cent capability.
Many hope that opening eating places will assist Lebanon because it passes via its worst financial and monetary disaster in its fashionable historical past. The meals and beverage sector employs tens of hundreds of individuals.
Restaurant staff must conduct common PCR checks to ensure they don’t seem to be contaminated whereas working. Restaurants must shut by 7 p.m. as a national curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. stays in place.
The lockdown went into have an effect on in early January following a pointy enhance of coronavirus circumstances after the nation opened up for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. On Sunday, Lebanon registered 2,253 new circumstances, elevating the complete in the nation to 436,575. The small nation additionally reported 51 new deaths, elevating the complete of fatalities to five,715.
In Iran, in the meantime, complete reported COVID-19 case numbers have surpassed 1.8 million, with almost 61,800 reported deaths.
-From Reuters, The Associated Press and CBC News, final up to date at 9:15 a.m. ET