珠海桑拿网Canada adds 7,220 new cases, 159 deaths as vaccine rollout conti

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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珠海桑拿网Meanwhile, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said on Tuesday that she has asked the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) to investigate whether it would be warranted to delay the second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in a bid to get first doses to more people faster.
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“This is a topic of, of course, active discussion,” Tam said.

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

Both require two doses to be administered weeks apart.

The federal government has faced criticism over its vaccine rollout, as the country falls behind countries including the United States and the United Kingdom in terms of distribution.
Thousands of new cases in the provinces

珠海桑拿论坛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 rise dramatically in the weeks following the holidays.

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

Meanwhile, in Quebec, 2,508 new infections bring the total case load to 215358, while 62 more fatalities bring the province’s death toll to 8,441.

Saskatchewan reported 153 new cases an health officials 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 falling ill.

In Atlantic Canada, 32 new cases were detected.

Health officials in New Brunswick reported 27 new cases, marking the highest daily increase since the pandemic began.

珠海桑拿夜网The new cases bring the total number of infections in the province to 662.

In Nova Scotia, meanwhile, three new cases push the province’s case load to 1,508.