Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Sept. 28

Thousands of health-care workers in New York faced with getting the COVID-19 vaccine or losing their jobs on Monday have received at least one dose.

Vaccination rates shot up among N.Y. health-care workers ahead of state-mandated deadline to get 1st dose

Shyrel Ritter, a certified nursing assistant at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, receives her COVID-19 booster shot at her workplace in New York on Monday. The deadline for hospital and nursing home workers in New York state to get at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine arrived Monday. (Seth Wenig/The Associated Press)

The latest:

Thousands of health-care workers in New York faced with getting a COVID-19 vaccine or losing their jobs on Monday have received at least one dose.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul released figures showing vaccination rates rising among the state's 450,000 hospital workers and for other health-care workers ahead of a state-mandated deadline to get at least one dose of a vaccine.

By Monday evening, 92 per cent of nursing home staff had received at least one dose. That's up from 70 per cent on Aug. 15, a day before the vaccine mandate was announced by Hochul's predecessor, Andrew Cuomo.

Meanwhile, preliminary self-reported data showed 92 per cent of hospital staff had received at least one dose of vaccine. The percentage of fully vaccinated hospital staff had risen to 84 per cent as of Wednesday, up from 77 per cent on Aug. 10.

WATCH | Vaccinations required for New York health-care workers: 

Health-care workers in New York state now need to be vaccinated

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Tens of thousands of health-care workers in New York could lose their jobs for defying the state mandate to receive a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday. 3:32

Amid concerns over the potential impact of a wave of suspensions and terminations of health-care workers who refused to be inoculated, Hochul on Monday evening signed an executive order providing her with expanded powers to alleviate staff shortages.

The executive order allows out-of-state doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to practise in New York, makes it easier for retirees to return to the workforce and allows doctor consults in nursing homes via telemedicine. It also broadens the roles of emergency medical technicians, allowing basic EMTs to vaccinate and test for the coronavirus.

Separately, a federal appeals court on Monday ruled that New York City can order all teachers and staff to get the vaccine, reversing a previous decision that had put the mandate on hold for educators.

About 77 per cent of American adults have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases are surging in the U.S, with the seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths climbing above the 2,000 threshold last week for the first time since March.

— From The Associated Press, Reuters and CBC News, last updated at 8:30 p.m. ET

What's happening in Canada

WATCH | Saskatchewan caseload 'weeks away' from peaking, says specialist:

Saskatchewan COVID-19 caseload 'weeks away' from peaking, says specialist

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Elected officials in Saskatchewan need to send a clear, strong message to residents about 'how serious this really is,' said infectious diseases specialist Dr. Alexander Wong. 'People don't see what's going on in the hospitals,' he said. 8:39

The Saskatchewan government's COVID-19 website says there are no intensive care beds available in six regions of the province. They include western, central and eastern areas in the far north, and the northwest, central-west and the southeast.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority has said it is working to add 191 hospital beds to accommodate people ill from the coronavirus.

For the ninth time this month, Saskatchewan has broken a new record for patients hospitalized with COVID-19. The province is reporting 311 people in hospital — 65 of whom are receiving intensive care, 449 new cases and 10 more deaths.

The province first broke its hospitalization record on Sept. 19 and has set a new one almost every day since.

Starting Friday, Saskatchewan residents will have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result to access several establishments, businesses and event venues.

— From The Canadian Press and CBC News, last updated at 7 p.m. ET

What's happening around the world

A woman gets a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a third-dose campaign for elderly residents in long-term care institutions, at a nursing home in Rio de Janeiro earlier this month. Brazil has announced it will provide booster shots to those over 60 years old. (Silvia Izquierdo/The Associated Press)

As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 232.6 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported around the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. The reported global death toll stood at more than 4.7 million.

In the Americas, authorities in Costa Rica said on Tuesday that all state workers will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, making it one of the first countries in Latin America to impose a coronavirus vaccination mandate. Private companies across the country will also be able to mandate vaccination for their own employees, the Health Ministry said in a statement. No deadline was given for when employees must comply.

Brazil will provide COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to anyone over 60 years old, Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga said on Tuesday. Brazil had already started giving booster shots to people over 70 years old and health-care workers.

In the Asia-Pacific region, Pakistan's planning minister says the government will begin a drive to vaccinate children aged 12 and over to protect them from the coronavirus.

WATCH | India's 2nd wave looms over feared 3rd wave: 

India’s 2nd COVID-19 wave looms over feared 3rd wave

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Much of India is still managing the impact of its deadly second wave of COVID-19, including exhausted health-care workers, long-haul patients and those with hefty medical bills, but fears of what could happen during an expected third wave this fall loom large. 3:41

Japan's government announced Tuesday that the coronavirus state of emergency will end this week to help rejuvenate the economy as infections slow.

In the Middle East, Jordan will fully reopen its main border crossing with Syria beginning on Wednesday, government and industry officials said, as a high-level Syrian team arrived in Amman to discuss how to ease the flow of goods hit by the pandemic and a decade of conflict.

In Africa, Algeria will start production on Wednesday of the vaccine Sinovac, in partnership with China, with the aim of meeting domestic demand and exporting the surplus, the prime minister's office said on Tuesday.

In Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that psychology appointments in France will be funded by the government starting next year. During a conference with mental health professionals on Tuesday, Macron acknowledged both the psychological impact of government virus restrictions and past government failures to make mental health a priority.

A woman wearing a face mask walks in central Moscow on Tuesday. Russia recorded its highest daily coronavirus death toll yet, following an increase in cases linked to the delta variant. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia's confirmed deaths on Tuesday from COVID-19 hit 852, up from a previous daily record of 828 on Friday, the country's state coronavirus task force reported.

Portugal is winding down its military-led vaccine task force after almost reaching its target of fully inoculating 85 per cent of the population against COVID-19.

— From The Associated Press, Reuters and CBC News, last updated at 6 p.m. ET

With files from Reuters, The Canadian Press and CBC News

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