Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Monday
Quebec eases restrictions, Toronto clinic administers more than 26,000 doses
- Ontario reports 210 new cases as more adults now eligible for an accelerated 2nd vaccine.
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- Yukon reports 44 new cases over the weekend, outbreak at Whitehorse emergency shelter.
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- South Africa tightening restrictions for 14 days as case numbers rise.
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All of Quebec is now at the lowest alert level under the province's COVID-19 response plan as public health restrictions continue to ease.
Nine of Quebec's 17 regions, including the province's largest cities and the areas surrounding them, move from yellow to green on the pandemic alert level system as of Monday.
The province's other regions were already at the green level.
Several green zone restrictions were relaxed further on Monday, with up to 20 people now allowed to share a table on restaurant and bar patios. Outdoor gatherings on private property can also now include up to 20 people.
Across the country in British Columbia, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry released new COVID-19 modelling illustrating the impact of vaccinations. She also hinted the province is on track to move to Step 3 of its reopening plan on July 1.
"Things are looking really good," she said.
The modelling showed that several parts of the province were free of new cases of COVID-19 in the past week and that community transmission is down, Henry said.
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The modelling also indicated deaths from COVID-19 have stayed low in B.C. during the pandemic's third wave despite the increase in cases, which Henry said reflects the "ongoing and durable protection from immunization."
About 427,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were delivered in B.C. in the past week and 78.1 per cent of adults have received their first dose, Henry said.
-From The Canadian Press and CBC News, last updated at 6:40 p.m. ET
What's happening across Canada
WATCH | Inside Toronto's record-breaking vaccine clinic:
As of 9:50 p.m. ET on Monday, Canada had reported 1,414,156 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 7,838 considered active. A CBC News tally of deaths stood at 26,238. More than 36.1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far across the country, according to CBC's vaccine tracker.
Manitoba on Monday reported 61 new cases of COVID-19, a day after reporting the death of a child under the age of 10.
In Atlantic Canada on Monday, Nova Scotia reported four new cases of COVID-19 and New Brunswick reported one new case. Newfoundland and Labrador also added one new case. Health officials in Prince Edward Island had not yet provided updates for the day.
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Ontario on Monday reported 210 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths The update came as the province prepares to move to the next phase of its reopening plan later this week.
In Toronto, Mayor John Tory on Monday urged people to get their second vaccine dose and said that the city was aiming to have as many people as possible vaccinated in the weeks ahead.
Tory's update came a day after workers at a mass vaccination clinic at Scotiabank Arena administered 26,771 shots inside the home of the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs, an event the city dubbed "Our Winning Shot."
Across the North, Nunavut had no new cases to report on Monday. Health officials in Yukon on Monday reported 22 new cases of COVID-19, with the majority in Whitehorse. Parents are being asked to keep their children home from daycare for two weeks. Dr. Brian Hanley is calling the situation the territory's "first true wave" of COVID-19.
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Health officials in Quebec on Monday reported 254 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, with the report saying there were no new deaths in the last 24 hours.
Saskatchewan reported 17 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and no deaths.
Alberta reported 128 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, along with two new deaths. The province also adjusted Friday's case total to 81.
In British Columbia, 145 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, as well as five deaths.
-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 9:50 p.m. ET
What's happening around the world
WATCH | Curfew imposed in South Africa as cases soar:
As of Monday evening, a tracking tool from Johns Hopkins University showed more than 181.3 million COVID-19 cases worldwide. The reported global death toll stood at more than 3.9 million.
In Africa, South Africa has reintroduced tough restrictions, including a ban on alcohol sales and an extended nightly curfew, as it fights a fast-increasing surge of COVID-19 cases.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said the delta variant appears to be driving South Africa's new increase.
South Africa recorded more than 15,000 new cases Sunday, including 122 deaths. That brings its total fatalities to near 60,000.
In the Americas, Chile announced a $2-billion boost to health spending to address the pandemic, which continues to menace the country despite one of the world's fastest vaccination campaigns. Alarm is growing in Chile over the more contagious delta variant, which was confirmed in the country last week.
In the Middle East, Israel's new prime minister is urging the country's youth to get vaccinated as coronavirus case numbers have crept up in recent days due to a localized outbreak of the delta variant.
In the Asia-Pacific region, Indonesia recorded its biggest daily increase in coronavirus infections with 21,342 cases on Sunday.
Perth, Australia began a snap four-day COVID-19 lockdown on midnight Tuesday, joining Sydney and Darwin as authorities struggle to contain fresh outbreaks of the highly infectious delta variant. Officials detected a third case, linked to an outbreak in Sydney, the nation's largest city. Concern the delta strain could touch off significant outbreaks has forced lockdowns in three state capitals.
Hong Kong said it will ban all passenger flights from the U.K. starting Thursday as it seeks to curb the spread of new variants of the coronavirus. It said in a statement on Monday that the U.K. has been classified as "extremely high risk."
In Europe, Spain and Portugal have placed new restrictions on U.K. travellers. Portugal said they must go into quarantine for two weeks unless they have proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 finished 14 days earlier. The policy took effect Monday. The government said people can quarantine at home or in a place stipulated by Portuguese health authorities. Arrivals from Brazil, India and South Africa come under the same rule.
All others entering Portugal must show either the European Union's COVID Digital Certificate or a negative PCR test.
Restaurants and cafés in Moscow on Monday began requesting that patrons provide proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test as the Russian capital faces a surge of new infections. Customers must visit a government website and get a QR code.
-From The Associated Press and Reuters and CBC News last updated 8:30 p.m. ET
With files from CBC News, Reuters and The Associated Press