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

Provinces across Canada are reporting single-day records for new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, as Alberta logged 2,433 new COVID-19 infections and an additional death, while Nova Scotia reported 148 new cases.

Alberta, Nova Scotia both report single-day records for new COVID-19 cases

People wearing face masks are seen in Halifax on Wednesday. Nova Scotia reported 148 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, the province's highest number of infections confirmed in a single day. (Robert Short/CBC)

The latest:

Provinces across Canada are reporting single-day records for new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, as Alberta logged 2,433 new COVID-19 infections and an additional death, while Nova Scotia reported 148 new cases.

It's the third day in a row that Alberta has topped 2,000 infections, and the first time ever that the province's test positivity rate has topped 12 per cent.

"That's truly alarming," said Dr. Lynora Saxinger, an infectious disease specialist at University of Alberta Hospital.

"I think that's a very bad sign of the direction things are going right now."

In Nova Scotia, Premier Iain Rankin had warned residents of an impending spike as provincial laboratories work their way through a testing backlog. Dr. Robert Strang, the province's chief medical officer of health, said the province had a backlog of 45,000 tests because of increased testing.

Both provinces have tightened restrictions and increased efforts to stem the surge of cases amid the pandemic's third wave.

Nova Scotia last week imposed a two-week lockdown and called in the military for assistance. The province has also ramped up testing and increased fines for those breaking public health orders on gatherings.

Alberta implemented new public health measures in hot spots across the province, including moving schools online and closing gyms.

WATCH | Alberta adopts targeted COVID-19 measures:

Alberta adopts targeted COVID-19 measures

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced targeted public health measures intended to slow the spread of COVID-19, as the pandemic's third wave set new records.

Meanwhile, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, repeated calls to follow public health measures even if you have received a COVID-19 shot.

"Regardless of vaccination status, as infection rates remain high, it is essential that we all continue to follow public health advice and keep up with individual precautions to help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 in our communities," she said in a tweet.

What's happening across Canada

As of 6 p.m. ET Saturday, Canada had reported 1,227,041 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 83,540 considered active. A CBC tally of deaths stood at 24,261.

Saskatchewan logged 262 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths on Saturday.

Starting on Monday, daycares, physician offices, congregate workplaces and correctional facilities can apply to get antigen testing training. On May 10, the training also opens up to businesses, municipalities and other government departments.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority says rapid testing — which is already being used by places such as group homes, detox centres, pharmacies and schools throughout the province — can assist businesses with outbreak prevention and help people know who needs further investigation and should stay home.

WATCH | Millions of rapid COVID-19 tests unused across Canada:

Millions of rapid COVID-19 tests unused across Canada

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Duration 2:02
The federal government has published data showing only four per cent of rapid tests supplied to the provinces and territories have been used.

Manitoba reported 273 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths on Saturday.

Ontario registered 3,369 new cases and 29 more deaths as overall admissions to intensive care units climbed to 900 for the first time. Some 2,152 people in the province remain in hospital because of the infectious disease, a figure that has consistently been trending upward since the start of the third wave of the pandemic.

As hospitals continue to move critically ill patients around the province and bring in health-care personnel from other provinces, Ontario's Health Ministry said on Saturday that it hasn't yet activated an ICU triage protocol.

Activating a triage would mean that the hardest decisions health-care providers ever face will have to be made. These decisions include who gets potentially life-saving care and who doesn't.

WATCH | Ontario Hospital Association president on potential triage:

Hospitals 'working as hard as humanly possible,' to keep triage protocol from being enacted

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Duration 1:10
Ontario Hospital Association President Anthony Dale says hospitals across the province are working "fighting everyday" to keep triage protocols from being enacted.

Quebec confirmed 1,101 new cases and seven more deaths on Saturday.

The province also identified a third case of a rare blood clot in someone who was administered the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine. The Health Department says the unidentified person remains hospitalized but is in stable condition.

Late last month, 54-year-old Francine Boyer died of a cerebral thrombosis in a Montreal hospital after receiving the AstraZeneca shot on April 9.

Thrombosis is a possible complication of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but is reported in about one per 100,000 vaccines administered. As of Friday, Quebec has administered more than 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

WATCH | Quebec confirms death related to rare AstraZeneca-linked blood clots:

Quebec confirms death related to rare AstraZeneca-linked blood clots

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Duration 7:21
Dr. Samir Gupta, Canada Tonight medical contributor, discusses Quebec confirming the first death related to rare AstraZeneca-linked blood clots.

Newfoundland and Labrador tallied five new cases, while New Brunswick added 18.

Northwest Territories MLAs will meet Tuesday to discuss the case of an MLA who identified himself as a positive COVID-19 case and was later reported to have broken isolation requirements.

Nunavut recorded eight more cases. According to the latest government data, the new cases are all in Iqaluit, bringing the city's active case total to 69. There are currently two active cases in Kinngait and two in Rankin Inlet, according to the data.

What's happening around the world

As of Saturday, more than 151.5 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to a coronavirus tracking database maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The reported global death toll stood at more than 3.1 million.

In Europe, thousands in Warsaw lined up for hours on Saturday to get immunized with the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine in hopes of engaging in activities and travel. Polish authorities decided to use the long national holiday weekend to make shots more widely available.

PHOTOS | Thousands line up for COVID-19 vaccine shots in Poland:

In Asia, Pakistan's COVID-19 death toll is nearing 18,000 as the country continues to suffer through its third infection wave of the pandemic. Pakistan has deployed troops in high-risk cities to stop people from violating physical-distancing rules and to close businesses in the early evening.

In Africa, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta loosened infection-control measures on Saturday after the number of coronavirus cases in the country dropped from an early spring surge. Nightly curfews will be pushed back from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and some travel restrictions within the country have been lifted.

In the Americas, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Dodger Stadium will close by the end of May, as cases in the most populous county in the U.S. have plunged. The Dodger Stadium site became one of the most prominent sites for coronavirus response in the U.S., first for testing and then delivery of vaccine doses to people waiting in long lines of cars.

With files from The Canadian Press and The Associated Press

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