The Canadian Press
The most recent information on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all occasions Japanese): 6:10 p.m. British Columbia is reporting 832 new COVID-19 circumstances and 5 deaths. Provincial well being officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says B.C.’s whole variety of deaths has now reached 1,463 individuals. She says 296 persons are in hospital being handled for COVID-19, with 79 individuals in intensive care. Henry began her replace right now answering questions she says she has acquired from members of the general public, together with questions on B.C.’s vaccine technique. — 4 p.m. Saskatchewan is reporting 199 new circumstances of COVID-19 Thursday, 115 of that are within the capital metropolis, which has develop into a sizzling spot for variants of concern. Well being officers warned that the variety of faster-spreading variants can also be starting to rise elsewhere in southern Saskatchewan, significantly Moose Jaw and Weyburn. The province is increasing vaccine eligibility to individuals 58 and older as of Friday. To this point, 200,633 doses have been administered. — 3:05 p.m. Prince Edward Island is reporting one new case of COVID-19 right now. Well being officers say the case includes somebody below 19 who’s a contact of a beforehand reported an infection. Prince Edward Island has 13 energetic reported circumstances of COVID-19. The province has reported a complete of 160 infections and no deaths linked to the virus. — 2:15 p.m. Well being officers in New Brunswick are reporting 10 new circumstances of COVID-19 within the province right now. One case is within the Moncton area, and the opposite 9 are within the Edmundston area. There are actually 141 energetic circumstances, and 4 sufferers are hospitalized, together with three in intensive care. Following a current confirmed case of COVID-19, well being officers have declared an outbreak at Lobby St-Jacques, a particular care dwelling in Edmundston. — 2:05 p.m. Ontario is imposing a four-week “shutdown” to fight rising COVID-19 infections. Premier Doug Ford says the measures will take impact Saturday and stay in place throughout the province for at the very least 4 weeks. Retail shops will see limits on capability whereas eating places will probably be restricted to takeout, supply and drive-thru service. Ford made the announcement hours after his authorities’s science advisers mentioned a stay-at-home order is required to manage the third wave pushed by deadlier and extra infectious variants. — 1:55 p.m. Two ladies of their 40s in Manitoba have died from COVID-19 and there are 52 extra circumstances of the virus. Screening has additionally recognized three extra circumstances which might be variants of concern for a complete of 270. There are 148 individuals in hospital attributable to COVID-19 and 30 are in intensive care. — 1:05 p.m. Well being Canada says nearly three in 4 Canadians over the age of 80 have now acquired at the very least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, as have one in three individuals between 70 and 79. General, nearly one in six Canadians have now been given at the very least one dose, with 5.1 million individuals vaccinated as of Thursday morning. About 690,000 of these have acquired each doses. Well being Canada additionally issued new knowledge by province right now, exhibiting Quebec forward of the remainder of the nation in vaccinations, with 17.5 per cent of the grownup inhabitants in Quebec vaccinated with at the very least one dose, adopted by Saskatchewan at 14.9 per cent, Alberta at 14.6 per cent and Ontario at 13.9 per cent. Nova Scotia trails manner behind at 5.6 per cent, with Manitoba second-to-last at 11 per cent. — 1 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador well being authorities are reporting one new case of COVID-19. Officers say the case includes a person between 20 and 39 years previous and his an infection is expounded to journey throughout the nation. Public well being says contact tracers are nonetheless making an attempt to chase down the supply of one other an infection introduced Wednesday. Newfoundland and Labrador hasn’t reported a case of COVID-19 whose supply wasn’t shortly traced to journey or an present an infection since an outbreak swept by the St. John’s area in February. — 1 p.m. Ontario is now providing Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to residents aged 55 and older. It’s additionally increasing the roster of pharmacies providing pictures to incorporate areas in each public well being unit. The province is anticipating 583,400 pictures of the vaccine to reach right now. It says pharmacies might begin providing the vaccine as early as Saturday. — 12:20 p.m. Canada’s first deliveries of vaccine from the worldwide vaccine sharing program generally known as COVAX will start within the subsequent few days. Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the navy commander overseeing Well being Canada’s vaccine supply logistics, says Canada is getting ready to choose up 300,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine within the coming days and they are going to be delivered to provinces subsequent week. Canada is to get 1.9 million doses by COVAX by the tip of June. — 11:10 a.m. Nova Scotia is reporting three new circumstances of COVID-19. Two of the circumstances are within the Halifax space, with one associated to journey outdoors of Atlantic Canada and the opposite being an in depth contact of a beforehand reported case. Well being officers say the third case is within the western well being zone and can also be associated to journey outdoors of the Atlantic area. The province is reporting a complete of 24 energetic circumstances of novel coronavirus. — 11 a.m. Quebec is reporting 1,271 new circumstances of COVID-19 and 9 extra deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, together with one previously 24 hours. Well being officers say hospitalizations rose by two, to 487, and 119 individuals had been in intensive care, a drop of 1. The province says it administered 41,406 doses of vaccine Wednesday, for a complete of 1,391,649, representing 16.4 per cent of the inhabitants. Quebec has reported a complete of 312,362 COVID-19 infections and 10,676 deaths linked to the virus; it has 9,038 energetic reported circumstances. — 10:30 a.m. Ontario is reporting 2,557 new circumstances of COVID-19 and 23 extra deaths linked to the virus. Well being Minister Christine Elliott says there are 743 new circumstances in Toronto, 484 in Peel Area, and 311 in York Area. She additionally says there are 131 new circumstances in Ottawa, 119 in Hamilton and 107 in Durham Area Ontario says 84,060 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine had been administered since Wednesday’s replace. — 10 a.m. Ontario’s science advisers say stay-at-home orders will management the third wave of COVID-19, which is being pushed by rising charges of the extra lethal variants of concern. The Ontario Science Advisory Desk makes the findings in its newest pandemic modelling knowledge. Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, co-chair of the group, says short-term case projections will rely fully on the general public well being measures carried out by the federal government and vaccination charges. He says the province’s vaccine rollout isn’t reaching the very best threat communities, which is delaying its influence as an efficient technique to combat the pandemic. — 7:15 a.m. The Canadian Press has discovered that Ontario is anticipated to announce a 28-day provincewide “shutdown” right now to cease the unfold of COVID-19. A supply with information of the restrictions says the ultimate particulars of the brand new measures are nonetheless being labored out. The supply, who was not approved to talk publicly in regards to the announcement, says colleges will stay open after the Easter weekend. — This report by The Canadian Press was first printed April 1, 2021. The Canadian Press Observe to readers: It is a corrected story. A earlier model had an incorrect variety of energetic circumstances in Quebec.