Ontario Stores and restaurants packed with customers Friday as the county lifted some COVID-19 restrictions for the first time in months.
Patios that had been empty since last year filled with diners and lively conversations once again, while stores have lines creeping down the street as customers rush to buy goods they have to buy online or take away.
The return of takeout and in-store retail dining came as Ontario eased some COVID-19 measures, which now allow up to four people per table or entire families to dine together on outdoor patios. The province is also allowing non-essential retailers to operate at 15 percent capacity and without restrictions on what goods they can sell.
The county government has promised that if vaccinations continue to increase and cases decrease, it will ease restrictions again within 21 days. It is also monitoring northern Ontario, where the Porcupine health unit has chosen to pause the easing of restrictions for now as infection rates there soar.
Ontario on Friday reported four additional deaths and 574 new cases of COVID-19. The county has hospitalized 489 people, with 440 people in intensive care due to COVID-19.
ManitobaIt, meanwhile, will allow small outdoor gatherings of up to five people from Saturday — even as suggested by the new regional fashion show released on Friday. The hospitalizations associated with COVID-19 have not finished climbing Despite expectations that daily case numbers will continue to decline.
“In the past few days, the total number of people in the intensive care unit appears to have stabilized. However, it is still a very large and unsustainable number,” said Dr. Jazz Atwal, Manitoba’s deputy regional public health officer. Press Conference.
boycott reported 223 new COVID-19 cases And two related deaths on Friday.
Elsewhere in Manitoba, the leader of the Canadian People’s Party Maxime Bernier has been arrested After attending a rally against COVID-19 restrictions in St-Pierre-Jolys, Mann.
Tara Seal, a spokeswoman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said in an email that Bernier has been charged under the Public Health Act for gathering at a gathering in a public outdoor space, failing to self-isolate once he arrived in Manitoba and will appear before an investigative judge.
Watch | A Manitoba official says most people in intensive care units are not immunized:
— From The Canadian Press and CBC News, last updated at 6:25 p.m. ET
What’s happening all over Canada
As of 6 p.m. ET on Friday, Canada has reported 1,399,716 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 18,411 considered active. CBC News’ death toll is 25,886. More than 28 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far across the country, according to the CBC Vaccine Tracker.
Yukon, The Northwest Territories And the Nunavut Canada’s deputy chief public health official, Dr. Howard Ngo, said Friday that enough vaccines will soon be obtained to vaccinate the entire population aged 12 and over.
“This achievement is a milestone in Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy,” he said in French.
Nunavut on Friday It has reported four new cases of COVID-19, according to Prime Minister Joe Savikatak.
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at Quebec On Friday, health officials reported 180 new COVID-19 cases and one more death, while Prime Minister Francois Legault remained ambiguous about when to lift the COVID-19 emergency despite pressure from opposition and civil rights groups.
Asked Friday if the government will rescind the emergency order at the end of August, when most Quebecers are expected to be fully vaccinated, Legault was evasive.
“I think with the vaccination, we can be confident that it will be somewhat normal,” he said of the fall. Legault suggested that Director of Public Health Dr. Horacio Arruda is waiting for 75 percent of Quebecers to be fully vaccinated to recommend an end to the emergency.
This is the goal. We believe it can be achieved by the end of August.
Nova Scotia On Friday it reported eight new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death – a man in his 50s – while new bronze One new case was reported.
at Newfoundland and LabradorOn Friday, health officials reported three new cases of COVID-19.
There are 3 new cases of COVID-19 in NL
-1 in the middle, a connection to a case but part of the cluster is not confirmed
-2 in the West, both of the previous case connections, one connected to the cluster, the other not
No recovery, 54 active cases, no one in hospital# retweet
Saskatchewan It reported 81 new cases of COVID-19 and one related death on Friday, while Alberta mentioned 170 new cases and three related deaths.
British ColumbiaMeanwhile, I mentioned 180 new COVID-19 cases and one related death as the county’s first-dose vaccination rate for adults exceeded 75 percent.
A joint statement from the regional health official and the health minister said nearly 500,000 people in British Columbia had received their second dose of the vaccine.
-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 8:20 p.m. ET
What is happening around the world
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As of Friday evening, Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 case tracker showed a total of more than 175.1 million cases reported worldwide, with the global death toll at more than 3.7 million.
at EuropeAt their summit, leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations are set to commit to sharing at least 1 billion injections of the coronavirus with struggling countries around the world – half of the doses come from the US and 100 million from the UK
The world’s leading democracies are expected to announce a plan to share one billion doses in the G7. from Tweet embedhttps://t.co/6lcgWDnBOi
G7 leaders have faced mounting pressure to outline their global plans for sharing vaccines, especially as disparities in supplies around the world are becoming more pronounced. The United States has a large stockpile of vaccines and the demand for injections has fallen sharply in recent weeks.
A government official said in the background on Friday that Canada will share up to 100 million doses of the vaccine, with more details expected over the weekend on how the government will achieve that goal.
In the Asia Pacific In the region, the Indian state of Bihar increased the number of deaths due to COVID-19 after discovering thousands of unreported cases, raising fears that many deaths were not officially recorded. The health ministry in Bihar, one of the poorest states, on Thursday revised the death toll from COVID-19 to more than 9,429 from 5,424 — a jump of more than 70 percent.
Officials said 3,951 unreported deaths occurred in May and reflect “deaths reported in private hospitals, during transportation to health facilities, in home isolation, and those dying from post-COVID-19 complications.”
Health experts say many COVID-19 deaths remain unrecorded in India, and even more so during the last surge in April and May, when hospitals were unbearably full and oxygen supplies were low.
In the AmericasChile announced a comprehensive lockdown across its capital once again and said it had approved the emergency use of a vaccine developed by the Belgian Janssen laboratory for the US pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson.
at AfricaTanzania has asked the International Monetary Fund for a loan of 571 million US dollars to help it meet the challenges caused by the pandemic.
In the Middle eastLocal media reported that people in Kuwait were seeking second doses of the AstraZeneca and Oxford vaccine, at a time when the Ministry of Health is embarking on a major effort to obtain a crucial second dose for more people.
— From The Associated Press, Reuters, and CBC News, last updated at 3:15 p.m. ET
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