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The Nova Scotia premier introduced new “circuit breaker” measures on Thursday, as COVID-19 case numbers in the province rose to some of the highest levels in a year.
The new measures, which have been in effect for four weeks for the Halifax Regional Municipality and surrounding areas, limit non-essential travel. Restaurants will only be open to take away, retail stores will remain open but with 25% capacity, and some schools will be moved to online learning.
There are no restrictions on outdoor parks, but gyms and yoga studios are closed.
Health officials on Thursday reported 38 new cases of COVID-19 – the highest figure the province has seen since late April last year. With the update, the number of active cases in the province has risen to 111.
Prime Minister Iain Rankin’s government recently stepped up restrictions on most non-essential travel for a period of at least four weeks as it seeks to avoid an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, while Prince Edward Island reported a new case of COVID-19.
Health officials in New Brunswick reported 19 new cases on Thursday.
-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 2:05 pm ET
What’s happening across Canada
The federal government announced Thursday that it will ban direct passenger flights from India and Pakistan from landing in Canada for at least the next 30 days. Cases of COVID-19 in India are at record highs and the variant of the double mutation responsible for an increase in cases in India has arrived in Canada.
“This is a temporary measure as we evaluate the evolution of the situation and determine the appropriate measures for the future,” said Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport.
Cargo flights will be able to arrive in Canada to ensure the continuous supply of vaccines and PPE from India.
The government says 35 flights from India with at least one case of COVID-19 on board have arrived in Canada in the past two weeks.
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By 5:45 pm ET on Thursday, Canada had reported 1,155,840 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 86,768 considered active. A CBC News death toll was 23,822.
Hard blow Ontario reported 3,682 new cases of COVID-19 and another 40 deaths on Wednesday. Admissions in the province – which is facing severe pressure on the health system – stood at 2,350, while the number of patients in the province’s intensive care units with COVID-19-related disease was 806.
Premier Doug Ford, who is isolating himself after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, held a press conference from isolation on Thursday.
The premier, who apologized for how his government handled some recent COVID-19 restrictions, has promised a paid sick leave program for Ontario workers, saying people forced into quarantine shouldn’t worry about their jobs. or your income. But when that would happen or what form it would take was not immediately clear.
Public health experts, working groups and local officials have called for sick leave support for much of the pandemic.
Throughout the north Nunavut was the first territory to report updated information Thursday, claiming to have three new cases. Premier Joe Savikataaq said in a tweet that they were there 36 active cases in Nunavut, with all but two of them in Iqaluit. There was a new case each in Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
In Quebec, health officials Thursday reported 1,248 new cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths. There were 711 hospitalizations, with 174 people in intensive care, according to a provincial framework.
The province is expanding its vaccination program to people with chronic diseases who do not need regular hospital care, as well as to people with intellectual or physical disabilities.
Health Minister Christian Dubé says it will be up to people with chronic diseases – a category that includes diabetes, obesity and respiratory problems – to decide whether to qualify.
In the prairie provinces, Manitoba reported 261 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and one additional death.
Saskatchewan reported 254 new cases and one additional death on Thursday. There are 177 people in hospital with COVID-19, and of these, 48 are in intensive care. About 53% of residents aged 40 and over received a first dose of the vaccine.
In Alberta, health officials reported 1,857 new cases of COVID-19 and six new deaths on Thursday. There are 1,326 cases involving variants of concern in the province, including a first case of variant B1617, behind the spate of cases in India.
Chief Health Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced that the waiting time between the first and second vaccine doses for some cancer patients will be reduced to 21-28 days.
British Columbia reported 1,006 new cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths on Thursday. Admissions stood at 502, a new record, with 161 in intensive care. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the pressure on BC’s health system is “immense” right now.
As a result, the province will begin limiting non-urgent surgeries in the Lower Mainland for at least the next two weeks to shift resources towards caring for COVID-19 patients.
-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 4:30 PM ET
What is happening in the world
WATCH | India sees deadly surge in COVID-19 cases:
As of Thursday evening, more than 144.2 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University case tracking tool. The reported global death toll was over three million.
Japan it will declare “short and powerful” states of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and two other prefectures, a government minister said Friday, as the country struggles to contain a new pandemic just three months before the Olympics.
With a new state of emergency from April 25 to May 11, the government will require the closure of restaurants, bars and karaoke rooms serving alcohol and that major sporting events take place without spectators, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said.
Japan has so far avoided an explosive spread of the pandemic which has paralyzed many countries. There were a total of around 550,000 cases and 9,761 deaths, significantly fewer than seen in other large economies.
But the latest surge in infections has fueled the alarm with an explosive wave of variants and a severe shortage of hospital beds in some regions, while the vaccination campaign in Japan remains sluggish.
In Asia-Pacific region, Australia will reduce the number of flights arriving from India due to the growing wave of COVID-19 cases in the second most populous country in the world.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he agreed with state and territorial leaders that the number of Australian citizens and permanent residents returning on charter flights would be reduced by 30%. The government would soon announce a 30% reduction in scheduled commercial flights from India as well, he said.
Laos blocked its capital and closed its international borders to most traffic on Thursday after identifying a COVID-19 cluster linked to its larger neighbor, Thailand.
In Europe, a plan by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to impose standard restrictions in areas where the coronavirus is spreading too quickly has removed its latest legislative hurdle.
The upper house of parliament, where the 16 German state governments are represented, could have blocked the plan by trying to renegotiate, but let it pass Thursday. Now it is up to President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to be signed.
The Norwegian government said Thursday that it will “lend” all of its 216,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Sweden and Iceland as long as Norway uses the vaccine on hiatus. Health Minister Bent Hoeie said that if the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine is resumed, “we will get back the doses we lend as soon as we request it” and Iceland and Sweden “will resend their first deliveries from AstraZeneca.”
In AfricaIntensive care units in Tunisian public and private hospitals are at the limit of their capacity as COVID-19 cases rise, an official from an independent science committee advising the government told Reuters Thursday. Amenallah Messadi added that a wave of cases led by the B117 variant had pushed the health system to the brink of collapse.
In Americas, US President Joe Biden announced tax credits for some companies that pay employees who take time to get vaccinated.
In Middle East, The Syrian government received its first delivery of COVID-19 vaccines through the global COVAX initiative, with nearly 200,000 shot doses of AstraZeneca, UN officials said.
-From the Associated Press and Reuters, last updated at 10pm ET