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

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Quebec reports another jump in the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19, as well as 21 additional deaths linked to the pandemic.

Health officials say 1,592 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of 196 from the previous day. The number of people in intensive care has increased from four to 185, according to details posted by the provincial health ministry on Twitter.

Quebec reported 14,494 new cases of COVID-19 today, with 28.1% of tests analyzed in the previous 24 hours that came back positive.

The province had also administered 69,983 additional doses of vaccine in the previous 24 hours.

Quebec is beginning to extend eligibility for booster injections to its general adult population in an effort to combat the endemic variant of Omicron.

Quebecers aged 55 and over are the first group to be eligible as of today, the minimum age requirement decreasing in five-year increments over the next three weeks.

By January 21, all adults aged 18 and over will be able to make an appointment to receive their third COVID-19 vaccine, after the government shortened the interval between the second and third vaccines by six. at three months.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Armed Forces announced Monday they are deploying up to 200 people, mostly to Montreal and surrounding areas, to help speed up the provincial vaccination campaign.

-From The Canadian Press, last updated at 12:15 p.m. ET

What’s happening across Canada

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In Atlantic Canada, Prince Edward Island Premier Dennis King said on Tuesday that students would not be back in classrooms until at least January 17, as his province became the last to switch to distance learning.

The update came as provincial health officials reported 198 new cases of COVID-19. Dr Heather Morrison said three hospital patients were being treated for COVID-19.

Health officials in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador had not yet provided updated information for the day.

In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford on Monday announced a switch to distance learning – less than a week after his government insisted that in-person classes would resume after just two days of delay. The update came as the province announced that thousands of hospital procedures would be delayed as the province tightened restrictions in the face of a spate of Omicron cases.

The province reported 11,352 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 more deaths on Tuesday.

On the other side of the North, the mayor of the small town of Arviat, in Nunavut, says resources are “stretched to the limit” by contact tracing as officials try to stay on top of COVID-19 cases. The territory had 207 active cases on Monday, including 48 in Arviat.

In the Prairies, from manitoba The number of active COVID-19 infections has increased by several thousand since the last New Year’s Eve update. The province updated its online dashboard on Monday, noting that there were 1,721 new cases for Monday alone, while hospitalizations jumped to 228. The province also reported six additional deaths over three days .

Health officials in Saskatchewan and Alberta did not provide updated figures on Monday.

In British ColumbiaHealth officials on Monday released a statement with limited details about COVID-19 in the province over the past three days, providing a preliminary figure of 9,332 new cases. There was no up-to-date information on hospitalizations.

-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 12:50 p.m. ET

What is happening in the world

A health worker administers a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination campaign for people aged 15 to 18 in New Delhi on Monday. (Argent Sharma / AFP / Getty Images)

As of Tuesday morning, around 292.6 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The death toll worldwide stood at more than 5.4 million.

In the Asia Pacific region, authorities in the Indian capital have imposed a weekend stay-at-home order due to an increase in coronavirus infections triggered by the Omicron variant.

Residents are to stay at home this Saturday and Sunday except to obtain basic necessities such as food or medicine, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said. All government employees, except those providing essential services, will work from home. He pointed out, however, that very few people were extremely ill, with 124 people requiring oxygen support and seven on ventilators.

The capital recorded more than 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and its test positivity rate jumped to 6.5%. A week earlier, the capital had detected 300 infections and the test positivity rate was less than 1%.

The number of infections reported does not accurately reflect the true spread of the virus as it only includes recorded cases.

In the Americas, Thousands of US schools have delayed their planned return to classrooms, while the US Congress has seen an unprecedented rise in infections as the seven-day positivity rate at a congressional testing site rose to 13 %, against only 1% at the end of November.

Cruise lines in Brazil will suspend most of their operations until Jan.21, an industry association said on Monday, after health officials recommended against traveling by cruise ship.

In the Middle East, Israel will admit foreigners with suspected immunity to COVID-19 from countries deemed to be at medium risk next week, partially overturning a ban imposed in late November in response to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

In Africa, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and his wife, Isaura, have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation, the president’s office said on Monday.

Meanwhile, South Africa reported 3,232 new COVID-19 cases and 87 additional deaths on Monday.

In Europe, Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia have tested positive for COVID-19, the palace said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The King and Queen, who are fully vaccinated with three injections, have mild symptoms and feel well under the circumstances,” the palace said in a statement.

Meanwhile, in France on Monday, health authorities reported 67,641 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in a 24-hour period, a figure far lower than a few days ago, when additional daily infections exceeded 200,000. .

-From Reuters, The Associated Press and CBC News, latest update 9:25 a.m. ET

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