Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Saturday

Canada's chief public health officer is warning a "stronger response is needed immediately" to combat COVID-19 as a number of provinces reported record single-day increases.

Several provinces report record single-day COVID-19 increases

People wearing face masks are seen in Montreal on Saturday. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

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Canada's chief public health officer is warning a "stronger response is needed immediately" to combat COVID-19 as a number of provinces on Saturday reported record single-day increases.

"Given the recent developments, there is an urgent need for everyone to take individual actions to not only protect ourselves but also our populations and communities at high risk," Dr. Theresa Tam said in a statement on Saturday.

Tam said federal modelling showed Canada could see 20,000 cases a day by the end of December if the spread of coronavirus is not tamped down.

"To do this, we need to limit close contacts to those in your immediate household and reduce in-person interactions to only essential errands and activities, while consistently maintaining key public health practices," she said.

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Tam's statement comes as multiple provinces report single-day records for new coronavirus cases. Among them is New Brunswick, which announced 23 new cases on Saturday.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province's chief medical officer, said New Brunswickers are facing a situation that can quickly turn "serious" without immediate action.

"We need a renewed commitment to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we need it now," she said.

Premier Blaine Higgs indicated the entire province could move to orange-level restrictions if the rise in cases continues. He said the current increase is a "reality check" that the virus exists in the province. 

"We are now in our own bubble in New Brunswick," he said. "And that bubble is about to burst."

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Ontario reported a single-day record of 1,588 new cases. That breaks the previous single-day high of 1,581 set just last Saturday.

Of today's new cases, 522 are in Peel Region, 450 in Toronto and 153 in York Region, Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.

Premier Doug Ford announced on Friday that Toronto and neighbouring Peel Region are going back into lockdown, as of Monday, and several other regions are moving to higher restriction levels.

Shoppers walk past signs advising people of COVID-19 precautions at a mall in Brampton, Ont., on Saturday. (Carlos Osorio/Reuters)

Saskatchewan announced a single-day record of 436 new cases, pushing the province past the 6,000 mark for total confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. Officials says the large increase is partially due to a record-high number of tests being processed, alongside weather-related and logistical delays.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe issued a statement regarding Saturday's figures, which he called "very concerning." 

"Our seven-day average for new cases is now 203, which is the highest it has ever been," said Moe. "While it's too soon for the new measures implemented last week to have made an impact, we are continuing to evaluate the situation closely and will consider further measures."

Alberta saw cases rise by 1,336 on Saturday, an all-time high. The province also hit record-high hospitalizations, with 320 people in hospital and 56 in intensive care. 

Alberta has now seen four days of more than 1,000 new infections since the start of the pandemic — all of them in the past seven days.

What's happening across Canada

As of 6:30 p.m. ET, Canada's COVID-19 case count stood at 325,711, with 53,909 of those considered active cases. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC's reporting stood at 11,406.

Manitoba reported 387 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 additional deaths.

The new figures come a day after the province's new restrictions came into effect. As of Friday, the sale of non-essential items are banned in stores — though people can still buy those items for delivery or curbside pickup — and almost all visitors to homes, with a few exceptions, are prohibited.

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Quebec saw 1,189 new cases of COVID-19 and 32 more deaths.

The latest major outbreak in the province is at a Quebec City convent, where 39 nuns and 43 workers at the Soeurs de la Charité in suburban Beauport have tested positive for COVID-19.

A group of nurses, patient attendants and licensed practical nurses were deployed to the convent on Wednesday to provide assistance and are still working at the site.

The latest major outbreak in the province is at a Quebec City convent, where 39 nuns and 43 workers at the Soeurs de la Charité in suburban Beauport have tested positive for COVID-19. (Radio-Canada)

Nova Scotia reported eight new cases, after seeing five new cases on Friday.

Newfoundland and Labrador announced five new cases on Saturday, the largest single-day increase in cases in the province since April 16.

Nunavut reported 25 new cases in the territory, of which 22 are in the hard-hit community of Arviat.

Yukon reported three new cases, according to a Saturday news release by the territory's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. The territory also expanded a public exposure notice for a Whitehorse fitness centre.

What's happening around the world

As of Saturday, there were more than 57.7 million reported cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with more than 37 million of those cases listed as recovered, according to a COVID-19 tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll stood at more than 1.3 million.

In the Americas, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc's COVID-19 antibody therapy, an experimental treatment given to U.S. President Donald Trump that he said helped cure him of the disease.

In Europe, Russia reported 24,822 new cases and 467 more deaths — both new daily highs. The recent surge in infections is straining Russia's vast but underfunded health-care system, with many infected people reportedly forced to search for sparse hospital beds.

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In Asia, India has reported 46,232 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, with the situation particularly alarming in New Delhi. Intensive care wards and the capital's main crematorium are near capacity, and health officials this week found the prevalence of infections in markets much higher than expected.

Africa surpassed two million confirmed coronavirus cases and seen more than 48,000 deaths on the continent. The World Health Organization says the current wave of infections on the continent is driven by North African nations as temperatures fall there.

With files from The Associated Press and Reuters

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