What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World on Saturday – .

What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World on Saturday – .

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Canadians are expected to see a big push across the country to get vaccines up to date this Father’s Day weekend, from an overnight clinic in British Columbia to a pop-up clinic in Montreal targeting fans of hockey.

It comes as federal officials say Canada will have enough product on hand by the end of July to fully immunize everyone eligible for a vaccine, in large part thanks to Moderna offering a firmer commitment on deliveries to the country. during the last two weeks of this month and in July.

The government originally planned to be able to fully immunize all Canadians by the end of September, meaning the country is on track to complete the two-dose regimen about two months earlier than planned.

In the meantime, various jurisdictions are stepping up their efforts to encourage vaccination. Fraser Health is hosting a 32 hour ‘vax-a-thon’ at Surrey, C.-B., this weekend at the Guildford Recreation Center, starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The health authority promises live music and door prizes, as well as an overnight “masks removal” with red carpet and selfie station from 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, another “Jabapalooza” pop-up vaccination clinic is taking place in Ottawa Saturday to give over 500 people their second dose.

A one Montréal, a regional health authority is setting up a vaccination clinic just outside the Bell Center on Saturday and Sunday in the hope of attracting hockey fans present for the Canadiens’ playoff games.

The goal is to provide people with a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and no appointment is necessary. The vaccination site will be open on both days from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

– From CBC News and The Canadian Press, latest update 10 a.m.ET

What’s happening across Canada

As of 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, Canada had reported 1,407,792 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 12,530 were considered active. A CBC News death tally stood at 26,045. More than 31.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the country to date, according to the CBC vaccine tracker.

Ontario Saturday reported 355 new cases and 13 more deaths. The province also reported that 213,236 additional vaccinations were administered, the highest number of new vaccinations Ontario has recorded in a single day and the third consecutive day of more than 210,000 vaccinations.

Québec reported 160 new cases and nine new deaths on Saturday. Montreal Canadiens interim head coach Dominique Ducharme missed Game 3 of the team’s third round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday after testing positive for COVID-19.

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In Atlantic Canada, New Scotland reported 11 new cases on Friday, while New Brunswick reported three new cases. Newfoundland and labrador and Prince Edward Island each reported no new cases.

Manitoba Friday reported 189 new cases of COVID-19 and four related deaths. Some doctors in the province are urging the government of Premier Brian Pallister to abandon plans to reopen the economy on July 1 until COVID-19 numbers drop much more.

Saskatchewan reported 98 new cases and one related death on Friday. The province is expected to move to Stage 2 of its reopening strategy on Sunday, which means retail and personal care services businesses will no longer have capacity thresholds, although staff and customers must remain two meters from each other.

Alberta reported 124 new cases and three related deaths on Friday, as Prime Minister Jason Kenney announced that nearly all public health restrictions related to COVID-19 will be lifted on Canada Day.

The vaccine threshold required for the final stage of the province’s three-stage reopening plan was reached on Thursday, when more than 70% of eligible Albertans had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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British Columbia reported 109 new cases and one related death on Friday.

In the north, Yukon added eight new cases among residents overnight and diagnosed one case originating from out of territory. Dawson City mayor calls on revelers to calm down and play it safe during the long weekend in light of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Yukon.

Nunavut and the Northwest Territories reported no new cases on Friday.

– From CBC News and The Canadian Press, latest update 11 a.m.ET

What is happening in the world

As of Saturday morning, a database of COVID-19 cases showed more than 177.8 million reported cases worldwide. The Johns Hopkins University tracker put the global death toll at over 3.8 million.

In the Asia-Pacific region, Cambodia reported 20 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, a single-day record, as the country detected its first cases of the delta variant and authorities urged people to be vigilant.

The Southeast Asian nation has recorded one of the lowest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the world, but the outbreak that was first detected in late February has pushed infections to 42,052 cases with 414 deaths.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said plans to hold mass public screenings of the Olympics at six venues have been canceled, as concerns grow over the coronavirus pandemic amid one of the slowest vaccine deployments in the developed world. Koike said the sites will be offered as vaccination sites instead.

A member of an anti-Olympic group shouts slogans while wearing a face mask during a protest march amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Tokyo on Saturday. (Issei Kato / Reuters)

Afghanistan is working to increase oxygen supply as a deadly third wave of COVID-19 worsens, a senior health official told The Associated Press in an interview on Saturday.

The government is setting up oxygen supply plants in 10 provinces where the increase in COVID-19 cases in some areas hovers around 65%, Health Ministry spokesman Ghulam Dasigi Nazary said.

In the Middle East, new supplies of COVID-19 vaccines are speeding up inoculations in Oman, which has seen the slowest deployment in the Gulf due to supply difficulties, a government health official said as an increase in cases puts hospitals under pressure.

Since it started vaccinating in May, Oman has administered at least one dose to around 15% of the eligible population, Zahir Ghassan al-Abri of the Ministry of Health told Reuters. Oman will offer photos to people over 45 on Sunday.

In the Americas, the Brazilian government said on Friday that 82 people linked to the Copa America football tournament had contracted COVID-19, an increase of 16 infections from the previous day.

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About 10,000 fans, a tenth of the festival attendance before the pandemic, have tickets to watch more than 40 bands. Participants all passed COVID-19 tests before the event and do not have to wear masks or follow physical distancing rules during the festival.

A festival goer rides the crowds on day one of the Download Festival at Donington Park in Castle Donington, England on Friday. The three-day festival is held as a test event to examine how the transmission of COVID-19 plays out in crowds. (Joe Giddens/PA/The Associated Press)

The Dutch government is removing almost all of its remaining coronavirus restrictions, except physical distancing, from June 26 as vaccinations ramp up and infection rates drop sharply.

Dutch Acting Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday that from next Saturday people will no longer need to wear face masks in indoor public places where physical distancing is possible. Masks will always be mandatory on public transport and at airports across the country.

In Africa, Uganda is stepping up its lockdown measures to try to stem an upsurge in coronavirus infections in the East African country, which experiences an array of variants.

The measures announced by President Yoweri Museveni on Friday evening include a ban on private and public transport within and between districts, including in the capital Kampala. Only vehicles carrying goods and those carrying sick or essential workers are allowed to circulate on the roads.

– From The Associated Press and Reuters, latest update 11 a.m.ET


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