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

COVID-19 testing centres in three major regions of New Brunswick have been closed as a strike by 22,000 CUPE workers goes on.

COVID-19 testing in 3 major New Brunswick regions is on hold due to striking CUPE workers

Members of CUPE Local 508 formed a picket line outside of the Fredericton's north side depot on Saturday. The strike has closed COVID-19 testing centres in the Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton regions. (Gary Moore/CBC)

The latest:

A strike by members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees in New Brunswick has left COVID-19 testing centres closed in the Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton regions.

Forty new cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday with 75 people listed as recovered, dropping the province's active case count to 470 from 506.

But Premier Blaine Higgs expressed concern over the reliability of the new cases data, given the impact of the strike on testing.

"We've asked [Public] Health to follow up on that because I think, you know, that there's a concern there of, do we have the level of testing required to confirm that there's 40 cases?," he told reporters.

Only 408 tests were conducted on Monday and 507 on Sunday, daily COVID dashboard data shows, down from, 2,170 last Monday and 1,188 last Sunday.

Some 22,000 workers in 10 CUPE locals are on strike, including in health care, education, transportation and agricultural sectors.

- With files from Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon, last updated at 8:15 p.m. ET

What's happening in Canada

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What's happening around the world

A woman is seen receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Bus Rapid Transit station in Rio de Janeiro last week. (Pilar Olivares/Reuters)

As of early Tuesday afternoon, more than 247.3 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 tracker. The reported global death toll stood at more than five million.

In the Americas, Brazil registered 98 new COVID-19 deaths on Monday, according to data released by the Health Ministry, the lowest daily number since April 2020.

The United States is rolling out Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 this week, but most of the 15 million shots being shipped initially are unlikely to be available before next week, the White House said.

In the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates has approved for emergency use the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged five to 11, the health ministry said in a statement carried by state media.

In the Asia-Pacific region, authorities planned to seal off the northern tip of New Zealand with police cordons as they enforce a lockdown in the region.

Australia's biggest city will lift more COVID-19 curbs for vaccinated residents ahead of schedule next week, while delaying freedoms it has promised for unvaccinated Sydneysiders as officials aim to boost inoculations. Vaccinated people in the harbour city of around five million will be allowed unlimited numbers of guests in their homes from Nov. 8. Pubs and clubs will also be able to accommodate more guests and reopen dance floors, in changes that were initially planned to come into force on Dec. 1.

International travellers arrive at Sydney Airport on Monday in the wake of COVID-19 border restrictions easing, with fully vaccinated Australians being allowed into Sydney from overseas without quarantine for the first time since March 2020. (Jaimi Joy/Reuters)

In Africa, South Africa on Monday reported 106 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths. 

In Europe, Austria's army has successfully trained two dogs to sniff out COVID-19, it said on Tuesday, adding to a mass of evidence that dogs can be deployed to identify carriers of the virus. Trials across the world, from Thailand to Britain, have found dogs can use their powerful sense of smell to detect the coronavirus with a high degree of accuracy, suggesting they could be regularly deployed as an additional line of safety at large events and border entry points.

Airports in Chile and Finland began deploying dogs to screen arrivals for COVID-19 last year.

Sniffer dogs who are trained to detect COVID-19 from the arriving passengers' samples sit next to their trainers at Helsinki Airport in Vantaa, Finland, Sept. 22, 2020. (Lehtikuva/Reuters)

Greece reported a daily record high of COVID-19 cases and Romania's single-day deaths hit an all-time peak, while Ireland reported the most infections since January despite almost 90 per cent of adults being vaccinated. Ireland has dropped most of its COVID-19 restrictions but has maintained a requirement for people to show vaccination certificates to enter bars and restaurants.

-From Reuters, The Associated Press and CBC News, last updated at 3:30 p.m. ET

With files from Reuters and The Associated Press

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