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Canada added 7,220 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 618,164.

Health authorities also reported 159 more people have died after contracting COVID-19, bringing the total number of fatalities to 16,233.

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The number of hospitalizations also grew by 193 to 4,361 on Tuesday.

However, since the pandemic began, 523,564 people have recovered after contracting the respiratory illness, and 18,973,438 tests for the virus have been administered.

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The new cases and fatalities come as health officials across the country race to get needles into the arms of the most vulnerable as the virus continues to spread.

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However, speaking at a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “frustrated” to hear that some COVID-19 vaccines are sitting “in freezers” and are not being administered immediately.

“That’s why we’re going to continue working closely with the provinces, both to deliver vaccines to the provinces and to support them as they need it in terms of getting more vaccines out to vulnerable populations and front line workers as quickly as possible,” Trudeau said.










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The prime minister said over the past few weeks provinces have been able to ramp up vaccinations, adding that now that 2021 has arrived, vaccine delivery will “really accelerate.”

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Meanwhile, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tam said on Tuesday she had asked the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) to investigate whether or not to delay the second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine with the goal of getting first doses to more people faster.

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“It’s an active topic of discussion, of course,” Tam said.

Canada has approved two vaccines so far, one manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, the other by Moderna.

Both require two doses to be administered weeks apart.

The federal government has been criticized for its vaccine rollout, as the country lags behind countries like the United States and the United Kingdom in terms of distribution.

Thousands of new cases in the provinces

Concerns over vaccine distribution come as Canada continues to struggle to contain the second wave of the pandemic and, as experts warn, the number of new infections could increase dramatically in the weeks following the holidays.

In Ontario, 3,128 new cases and 51 additional deaths have been reported. To date, the province has seen 197,360 virus infections and 4,730 deaths.

At the same time, in Quebec, 2,508 new infections bring the total number of cases to 215,358, while 62 other deaths bring the death toll in the province to 8,441.

Saskatchewan has reported 153 new cases and health officials have confirmed five more people have died.

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A total of 16,520 people have contracted the virus in Saskatchewan and 165 have now died after becoming ill.

In Atlantic Canada, 32 new cases have been detected.

New Brunswick health officials have reported 27 new cases, the largest daily increase since the start of the pandemic.

The new cases bring the total number of infections in the province to 662.

In Nova Scotia, meanwhile, three new cases are pushing the province’s number of cases to 1,508.


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Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island have reported one new infection, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the provinces to 392 and 97 respectively.

None of the Maritime provinces or Newfoundland and Labrador reported new deaths associated with the virus on Tuesday.

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Alberta health officials have reported 843 more infections and 26 more people have died after contracting respiratory disease.

So far the province has seen 106,378 cases and 1,168 deaths associated with COVID-19.

In British Columbia, 428 new cases have been detected. Two of these cases are considered epidemiologically related, that is, they have not yet been confirmed by a laboratory.

Provincial health officials also said eight more people had died, bringing the total death toll to 954.

Since the start of the pandemic, 54,147 laboratory-confirmed cases and 482 epidemiologically related cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in British Columbia

No new cases in the territories

None of Canada’s territories reported new cases of the virus on Monday.

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To date, the Northwest Territories have reported 24 infections, while Nunavut saw 266. Yukon has reported 65 cases of COVID-19.

No new deaths were reported in the territories on Tuesday either.

Global cases exceed 86 million

As of 7:30 p.m., there were a total of 86,230,870 confirmed cases of the virus worldwide, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.

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Since the virus was first detected in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019, it has killed 1,865,267 worldwide.

The United States remained the viral epicenter on Tuesday with more than 21 million infections and more than 356,500 deaths.

– With files from Katie Dangerfield of Global News and The Canadian Press

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