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

Two provinces are set to ease restrictions on Monday as Canada's top doctor says nearly 90 per cent of eligible residents in the country have been administered at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

B.C., Ontario set to lift most COVID-19 capacity limits on Monday

Ontario announces plans to lift all COVID-19 restrictions by end of March 2022

2 months ago
Duration 2:48
Ontario has announced plans to lift all pandemic restrictions, in phases, by the end of March. It will start by lifting capacity limits on restaurants, bars and gyms for those fully vaccinated, this coming Monday. 2:48

The latest:

  • Canadians who had allergic reaction to first vaccine dose can safely get second, advisory committee says.

Two provinces are set to ease restrictions on Monday as Canada's top doctor says nearly 90 per cent of eligible residents in the country have been administered at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

"Nevertheless, since no vaccine is perfect, post-vaccination cases can be expected," Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said Sunday on Twitter.

"This is why it is important that vaccines are part of a comprehensive, layered protection strategy that includes other practices and precautions."

Tam's comments come as British Columbia and Ontario are set to lift some public health measures starting Monday.

A person has their COVID-19 vaccination status checked before entering a bar in Vancouver on Friday. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

B.C. residents in swaths of the province will be allowed to attend events such as hockey games, concerts and weddings without any limits on numbers, but capacity will be capped at 50 per cent in areas where vaccination rates are low, including parts of the Fraser, Northern and Interior health regions.

Attendees at all organized events in B.C. will be required to wear face coverings and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Ontario on Monday is also lifting capacity limits in a majority of settings where patrons are now required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Those settings include:

  • Restaurants.
  • Bars and other food and drink establishments.
  • Indoor areas of sports and recreational facilities such as gyms and where personal physical fitness trainers provide instruction.
  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments.
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on Friday that the province plans to lift all COVID-19 restrictions by the end of March.


What's happening across Canada

WATCH | Pandemic benefits expire and new programs to begin: 

Pandemic benefits expire and new programs to begin

2 months ago
Duration 4:55
The Liberal government says several existing pandemic support programs for individuals and businesses will end Saturday, while billions of dollars will be spent transitioning to new 'targeted measures' leading into the spring. 4:55
  • P.E.I. launches fund for organizations needing tablets to verify Vax Pass.
  • More establishments to re-open in Yellowknife with capacity limits, appointments.

What's happening around the world

As of Sunday, more than 243.5 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to a case-tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The reported global death toll stood at more than 4.9 million.

In Africa, scientists in South Africa are attempting to reverse engineer and replicate the Moderna vaccine amid a global vaccine disparity that has disadvantaged the continent.

PHOTOS | Africa tries to end vaccine inequity by replicating its own vaccine: 

The number of COVID-19 infections recorded so far in eastern Europe surpassed 20 million on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, as the region grapples with its worst outbreak since the pandemic started and inoculation efforts lag.

In Asia-Pacific, Melbourne, one of the world's most locked-down cities that emerged from its latest spate of COVID-19 restrictions heading into the weekend, will see more curbs eased later this week when the Australian state of Victoria reaches an 80 per cent full vaccination rate, officials said on Sunday.

In the Americas, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, says vaccines for kids between the ages of five and 11 will likely be available in the first half of November

With files from Reuters and The Associated Press

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