February 27, 2021

Corona virus: What’s happening on Tuesday in Canada and around the world


  • Health Canada says additional doses can be used from Pfizer vaccine vials.
  • Trudeau says a negative COVID-19 test at the land border will be needed soon.
  • Ontario reports 1,022 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest since the beginning of November.
  • The United States joins the WHO program to escalate the COVID-19 fight.
  • The WHO says the corona virus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese laboratory.
  • Passengers arriving in the UK will face fines and even imprisonment for violating hotel isolation rules.
  • Canadians with epidemic debt to get one year interest relief from Ottawa, the source says.
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A U.S. official told a World Health Organization meeting Tuesday that Washington will participate in a program to increase COVID-19 testing, diagnosis and vaccination as it joins global efforts to respond to the epidemic.

WHO President Tetros Adanom Caprais welcomed the announcement, following last month’s assurance that the Washington-Geneva-based organization would remain under President Joe Biden. Former President Donald Trump criticized the company and stopped funding it.

“We would like to underline the diversity of the United States and our common cause in responding to this epidemic and improving global public health,” said Colin L. Wright, executive director of the U.S. Department of Health and the Office of Global Affairs. McKiff Services, said at the WHO virtual meeting.

World Health Organization President Tetros Adonom Caprais continues to express concern about vaccine imbalances, with 75 percent of doses being applied to just 10 countries. (Fabrice Kafrini / Pool / AFP / Getty Images)

The meeting in Geneva aims to help fill the $ 27 billion funding gap for the WHO-backed program, known as the COVID-19 Equipment Access Acceleration Facility Council, which aims to expand global access to COVID-19 combat equipment. .

The United States was previously an observer of the ACT.

The United States, the World Health Organization’s top donor, has pledged $ 4 billion. WHO Special Envoy for ACT Accelerator Andrew Witty, former CEO of Glasgow Smithline, said discussions on ongoing US support were ongoing.

At the same meeting Tetros expressed new concerns about the vaccine imbalance, noting that 90 percent of the countries that issue the Covit-19 vaccine are rich and 75 percent of the doses are used for just 10 countries.

South African Health Minister Swaley Mikes, who co-chaired the meeting, said “we need to change these dangerous and disappointing numbers.”

– From Reuters, last updated at 10:30 p.m.

What is happening in Canada

As of noon ET on Tuesday, Canada had reported 809,970 cases of COVID-19 – an estimated 39,296 active. A CBC News death toll was 20,884.

Ontario Reporting 1,022 new cases and 17 new deaths on Tuesday, the province announced it would gradually phase out home stay orders.

New cases are the lowest for the province in a single day without data problems since the beginning of November. The seven-day average of new daily cases rose to 1,367.

There are now approximately 13,948 confirmed, active cases in the province. The number of active cases has been steadily declining since the mid-January peak of more than 30,500.

Announced four weeks ago, the three public health units that were thrown out on Wednesday will be seen for the first time at the shelter.

Other regions are now in the gray lockout phase, but the province is making some changes to the restrictions they face. Importantly, non-essential retailers will be allowed to open their doors with a 25 percent capacity limit.

In Quebec, Following the reopening of non-essential businesses such as shops, museums and hairdressers on Monday, Prime Minister Franą®šois Legalt is expected to deliver an update to ET at 1pm today. You can see it directly here.

A slight easing of COVID-19 restrictions allowed customers to shop for shoes, allowing non-essential stores to reopen Monday in Montreal. (Ryan Remire / The Canadian Press)

There were 826 new cases and 32 deaths in the province on Tuesday. With new cases, hospital admissions are also down, with 940 people currently in hospital, of which 145 are in intensive care.

In Atlantic Canada, PEI A new case reports that a person was found outside the province and will be outside the island when recovered. Nova Scotia Also announced a new case.

Take a look at what’s happening across the country:

– From the CBC News, last updated at 12 noon

What is happening around the world

As of Tuesday morning, more than 106.5 million Covid-19 cases had been reported worldwide, of which more than 59.4 million were listed as having been recovered or settled by Johns Hopkins University, which maintains a case surveillance tool. The global death toll is more than 2.3 million.

In Asia Pacific In the region, the World Health Organization has concluded that the corona virus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese laboratory and may have jumped from an animal to humans.

WHO Food Safety and Animal Disease Specialist Peter Ben Embrek announced Tuesday that the end of the visit of a WHO team investigating the origin of the corona virus in the central Chinese city of Wuhan will be assessed.

In the forefront of vaccination, the Government of India has ordered 10 million doses of Astrogenega Covit-19 vaccine from the Serum Institute of India.

Meanwhile, Russia’s Sputnik-V has become the third COVID-19 vaccine approved by Pakistan for emergency use, the country’s health minister said.

In Middle EastDozens of asylum seekers and foreign workers marched in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on Tuesday to receive the first dose of the Govt-19 vaccine.

French nuns living in Israel are waiting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a Tel Aviv medical center on Tuesday during a campaign to vaccinate foreign workers and refugees against the corona virus. (Jack Quays / AFP / Getty Images)

Iran has launched a vaccination campaign, initially centered on hospital intensive care workers because the country, which has been hard hit in the region, is waiting for enough vaccinations for its civilians.

In Africa, Ethiopia has received nine million doses of Covid-19 vaccine as of April, and hopes to vaccinate at least one-fifth of its 110 million people by the end of this year, the health minister said.

In United States, U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris “almost toured” the federal-backed mass vaccination site in Arisin Glendale on Monday. The 24-hour facility at State Farm Stadium gives one Govt-19 shot every 10 seconds.

Biden and Harris have promised to open 100 similar sites across the country in the coming weeks and have called on Congress to provide funding for many more. Increased federal support for Biden facilities through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Pentagon.

The President said he was in a hurry to fulfill his promise to provide 100 million injections in his first 100 days as President, “I think we will significantly violate that.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Biden has been given a dose of more than 22 million since taking office three weeks ago.

A Florida resident is being vaccinated Monday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. (Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel / Associated Press)

In Europe, Germany plans to spend nearly 9 billion euros ($ 13 billion CDN) this year to purchase 635.1 million COVID-19 vaccines as part of its EU procurement program and national agreements.

The Surgeon General said that with Russia’s Sputnik vaccine, Hungary would soon begin vaccinating those who are not infected with the disease.

Meanwhile, some countries are taking steps to prevent COVID infections. British Health Minister Matt Hancock said on Tuesday that travelers to the UK face fines and imprisonment as part of a hotel isolation policy designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 strains from the most dangerous countries.

“We impose heavy fines on those who do not comply. This includes a fine of 1,000 1,000 (7,775 ctn) for any international visit that fails to carry out a mandatory test,” Hancock told parliament.

“Passengers can face up to 10 years in prison if they lie on a locator form and try to hide the fact that they were on a red list within 10 days of arriving here.”

Sweden said on Tuesday that it plans to restrict the number of passengers on long-distance trains and buses in a bid to prevent the spread of new COVID-19 cases and mutations in the virus.

– From the Associated Press and Reuters, last updated at 10:30 p.m.

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