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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Apr 22nd, 2021

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

There are 1,147,463 confirmed cases in Canada.

_ Canada: 1,147,463 confirmed cases (89,167 active, 1,034,533 resolved, 23,763 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers.

There were 8,421 new cases Wednesday. The rate of active cases is 234.62 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 60,309 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,616.

There were 51 new reported deaths Wednesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 318 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 45. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.12 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 62.53 per 100,000 people.

There have been 30,274,366 tests completed.

_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,049 confirmed cases (31 active, 1,012 resolved, six deaths).

There was one new case Wednesday. The rate of active cases is 5.94 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been 15 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is two.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 1.15 per 100,000 people.

There have been 236,011 tests completed.

_ Prince Edward Island: 174 confirmed cases (13 active, 161 resolved, zero deaths).

There were zero new cases Wednesday. The rate of active cases is 8.14 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of nine new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is one.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.

There have been 136,080 tests completed.

_ Nova Scotia: 1,856 confirmed cases (79 active, 1,710 resolved, 67 deaths).

There were 25 new cases Wednesday. The rate of active cases is 8.07 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 73 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 10.

There were zero new reported deaths Wednesday. Over the past seven days there has been one new reported death. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.01 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 6.84 per 100,000 people.

There have been 470,988 tests completed.

_ New Brunswick: 1,804 confirmed cases (139 active, 1,631 resolved, 34 deaths).

There were seven new cases Wednesday. The rate of active cases is 17.79 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 52 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is seven.

There was one new reported death Wednesday. Over the past seven days there has been one new reported death. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.02 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 4.35 per 100,000 people.

There have been 286,705 tests completed.

_ Quebec: 340,397 confirmed cases (12,221 active, 317,338 resolved, 10,838 deaths).

There were 1,217 new cases Wednesday. The rate of active cases is 142.53 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 9,366 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,338.

There were six new reported deaths Wednesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 75 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 11. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.12 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 126.4 per 100,000 people.

There have been 7,911,852 tests completed.

_ Ontario: 429,123 confirmed cases (42,917 active, 378,417 resolved, 7,789 deaths).

There were 4,212 new cases Wednesday. The rate of active cases is 291.28 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 30,288 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 4,327.

There were 32 new reported deaths Wednesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 179 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 26. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.17 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 52.86 per 100,000 people.

There have been 13,465,492 tests completed.

_ Manitoba: 36,632 confirmed cases (1,833 active, 33,838 resolved, 961 deaths).

There were 164 new cases Wednesday. The rate of active cases is 132.9 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,097 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 157.

There was one new reported death Wednesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of seven new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.07 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 69.67 per 100,000 people.

There have been 637,594 tests completed.

_ Saskatchewan: 38,883 confirmed cases (2,551 active, 35,863 resolved, 469 deaths).

There were 231 new cases Wednesday. The rate of active cases is 216.43 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,792 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 256.

There were four new reported deaths Wednesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 11 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is two. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.13 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 39.79 per 100,000 people.

There have been 732,675 tests completed.

_ Alberta: 175,230 confirmed cases (20,180 active, 153,002 resolved, 2,048 deaths).

There were 1,699 new cases Wednesday. The rate of active cases is 456.37 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 10,699 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,528.

There were zero new reported deaths Wednesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 19 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is three. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.06 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 46.32 per 100,000 people.

There have been 3,970,651 tests completed.

_ British Columbia: 121,751 confirmed cases (9,166 active, 111,039 resolved, 1,546 deaths).

There were 862 new cases Wednesday. The rate of active cases is 178.06 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 6,881 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 983.

There were seven new reported deaths Wednesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 25 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is four. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.07 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 30.03 per 100,000 people.

There have been 2,389,799 tests completed.

_ Yukon: 77 confirmed cases (two active, 74 resolved, one death).

There were zero new cases Wednesday. The rate of active cases is 4.76 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of one new case. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 2.38 per 100,000 people.

There have been 8,824 tests completed.

_ Northwest Territories: 45 confirmed cases (two active, 43 resolved, zero deaths).

There were two new cases Wednesday. The rate of active cases is 4.43 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of two new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.

There have been 17,070 tests completed.

_ Nunavut: 429 confirmed cases (33 active, 392 resolved, four deaths).

There was one new case Wednesday. The rate of active cases is 83.86 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been 34 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is five.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 10.16 per 100,000 people.

There have been 10,549 tests completed.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published April 22, 2021.

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Trudeau pledges to cut emissions 40-45% by 2030

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Apr 22nd, 2021

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pledging that Canada will slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 45 per cent within the next decade.

The cut applies to 2005 emission levels.

The new target is higher than the 36 per cent reduction in emissions the Liberal government says it can achieve under existing measures by 2030.

Trudeau is announcing the higher target during a virtual climate summit of world leaders convened by United States President Joe Biden, who pledged to cut his country’s emissions by 50 to 52 per cent by 2030.

Canada’s new target falls short of the minimum 50- 60 per cent reduction climate groups and opposition parties said was needed to limit global warming to 1.5 C.

Who have provinces pegged to receive COVID-19 vaccines in the coming weeks?

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Apr 22nd, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccine supplies ramp up across the country, most provinces and territories have released details of who can expect to receive a shot in the coming weeks.

The military commander handling logistics for Canada’s vaccine distribution program says there will be enough vaccine delivered to give a first dose before Canada Day to every adult who wants one.

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin says that’s if provinces follow the advice to delay second doses up to four months.

He also cautions that it is dependent on having no production delays again.

Health Canada anticipates a total of 36.5 million doses from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India by June 30.

Most Canadian provinces have suspended use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in people under age 55, acting on an advisory committee’s concerns about a possible link between the shot and rare blood clots. However, Ontario and Alberta have lowered the age eligibility to those 40 and older.

There are approximately 31 million Canadians over 16, and no vaccines are approved for anyone younger than 16.

Here’s a list of the inoculation plans throughout Canada:

Newfoundland and Labrador

Health officials say vaccinations have begun for first responders. Pre-registration for COVID-19 vaccines has opened for people aged 70 or older and for home-support workers.

Last month Newfoundland and Labrador extended the interval between the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to four months.

Public health officials said the change would help them vaccinate 40,000 more people with a single dose by the end of March.

Nova Scotia

All Nova Scotians who want a vaccination should be able to get their first shot by late June, chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang announced on April 9. The original target was September.

Strang also said that as of April 9, Nova Scotians 65 years of age and older became eligible to receive their first dose.

As well, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is still available for those 55 to 64 years old.

The province is also planning to use mobile van clinics to vaccinate about 900 people who work at or use homeless shelters in the Halifax area.

Public health is partnering with pharmacists and doctors to provide the vaccines at 25 locations.

Nova Scotia, meanwhile, has added front-line police officers to the list of people eligible for vaccination during the second phase of the province’s rollout plan, joining groups such as long-haul truck drivers and hospital workers over the age of 60.

Prince Edward Island

Health officials in Prince Edward Island say they will shift their focus to getting a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to all adults by July 1, even if it means delaying the second shot for some.

P.E.I., meantime, has joined suspended administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to people under age 55 due to concerns about a possible link between the shot and rare blood clots.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick health officials say people 70 and older, a caregiver or a family member acting on their behalf can now make an appointment for a vaccine at a pharmacy.

Health-care professionals who have close contact with patients, and people with complex medical conditions are also eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The province says all residents of long-term care homes have been offered at least one dose of vaccine.

As of March 19, all residents of First Nations communities aged 16 or older were given access to their first dose of vaccine.

Workers who regularly travel across the border, including regular commuters, truckers and rotational workers are also  eligible to receive vaccines.

Quebec

Quebec has expanded access to COVID-19 vaccines to Montrealers who are essential workers or who have chronic illnesses.

Essential workers such as teachers and first responders can now book an appointment after providing proof of employment.

Quebec has also opened vaccination appointments for anyone over the age of 60 across the province.

Quebecers between the ages of 55 and 79 can now receive an Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at walk-in clinics.

The province has said it will be lowering the age for AstraZeneca, although it’s not clear what that age will be. Quebec’s director of public health says a recommendation from the province’s immunization committee is expected soon and could be put into effect this week.

Officials announced on April 8 the first 13 companies that will operate clinics in their workplaces, with each site able to vaccinate up to 25,000 people between May and August.

Participating companies include National Bank, Bell, and Groupe CH, owner of the Montreal Canadiens NHL team. The clinics will be located in eight different health regions and should be operational by May 1.

Montreal’s airport authority will partner with Air Canada and Bombardier to create a vaccination hub that will operate two sites at the departure level of the airport terminal and in a nearby Bombardier hangar.

Ontario

Ontario is expanding the number of residents eligible to receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Starting Tuesday, those 40 and older can start receiving the shot. The previous cutoff age was 55. Shots will be available through pharmacies and primary care providers.

But Premier Doug Ford’s office warned Monday that provincial officials have warned that the next two shipments of the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot to the province could be delayed.

Ford’s office says he has reached out to “international allies” for help acquiring more supply of the vaccine for the province.

Ontario, meantime, is doubling the number of pharmacies involved in the provincial vaccine effort.

Some 1,400 pharmacies in COVID-19 hot spots are now offering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The province says it hopes to add another 100 pharmacies to the vaccine effort by the end of the month.

Some residents of Toronto and Peel Region aged 50 and older can now book their COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

Toronto says people who live in hot spot neighbourhoods can book an appointment to get their shot.

The Ontario government said beginning April 5, people aged 60 and over could book their vaccine appointments in every region.

Manitoba

Manitoba is using the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for First Nations people aged 30 and up and others aged 50 and up. These are available through a few channels including so-called supersites in larger communities. Health officials plan to continue reducing the age minimum, bit by bit, over the coming months.

The province is also allowing anyone 40 and over to get an Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine through pharmacies and medical clinics, subject to availability.

Manitoba opened its vaccination program Wednesday to all front-line police officers and firefighters across the province, regardless of age.

The province is also planning to release a list of high-risk zones on Friday. Any adults who live in those zones will be eligible, as will workers in those areas  in certain jobs that involve dealing with the public, such as teachers, grocery store workers and restaurant employees.

Manitoba has now given at least one dose to roughly 26 per cent of the population aged 18 and over. The province estimates all adults in the province could have a first dose of by mid-June.

Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is booking vaccinations for residents 48 and older. The minimum age drops to 40 for people living in the Far North.

Additional health-care workers are eligible for shots: staff in private doctors’ offices, private digital imaging clinics, community labs and the Saskatchewan cancer agency.

The province has also expanded the vaccine delivery plan for people in more vulnerable groups to include all pregnant women and 16- and 17-year-olds who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable.

Saskatchewan has also dropped the age at which people can receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to 40 from 55, although the premier says there are less than 9,000 doses available.

There are drive-thru and walk-in vaccination clinics in communities across the province. However, drive-thru sites in Regina and Saskatoon have been temporarily suspended due to limited supply.

Alberta

Albertans born in 2005 or earlier with high-risk underlying health conditions are eligible for shots.

The next phase of health-care workers can also book appointments: physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, their office staff, lab workers, practicum students in clinical areas, as well as health workers on First Nations reserves and Metis settlements.

Previously, shots have been available to front-line health workers, staff and residents in supportive living facilities, Albertans born in 1956 or earlier and First Nations, Inuit and Metis people born in 1971 or earlier.

More than 250 pharmacies are offering immunizations. Ten physicians clinics across the province are also providing shots as part of a pilot project, which could be expanded in May.

The province has also lowered the minimum age for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to 40 from 55.

Alberta has said it is extending the time between the first dose and the second to four months.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro has said the province expects to offer all Albertans 18 and over a first dose of vaccine by the end of June.

British Columbia

The province is lowering the eligibility age for people to register for COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Ministry of Health says more than 1.8 million people are eligible to register for vaccines this week through the province’s Get Vaccinated program.

The ministry says people 40 years old and older were invited to register Monday, with those 35 and older signing up Tuesday and 30 and older Wednesday.

Those 25 and older can register Thursday and 18 and above can sign up Friday.

Once registered, users receive a confirmation code. They then wait for an email, text or call telling them they’re eligible and can book their vaccine appointment using that code.

B.C. has joined other provinces in lowering the age for those eligible to receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot to 40.

Adults living and working in Whistler started receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations on April 12.

Firefighters, police and paramedics, meanwhile, are being vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines alongside staff at schools and childcare centres.

Nunavut

Nunavut has opened vaccinations to anyone 18 and older.

The territory expects to finish its vaccine rollout of first and second doses by the end of April.

Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories is also providing vaccine to those 18 and older and expects to finish its rollout by the end of April.

Yukon

The Yukon government says 71 per cent of the territory’s eligible resident have received their first COVID-19 vaccination as it makes plan for returning students and seasonal workers to get their shots.

Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s chief medical officer of health, says students returning to Yukon, along with seasonal workers, would be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine during their mandatory self-isolation, provided they test negative for the virus after taking a rapid test.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 22, 2021.

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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, April 21, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Apr 21st, 2021

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

There are 1,139,043 confirmed cases in Canada.

_ Canada: 1,139,043 confirmed cases (87,872 active, 1,027,458 resolved, 23,713 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers.

There were 7,276 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 231.21 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 60,487 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,641.

There were 46 new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 321 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 46. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.12 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 62.39 per 100,000 people.

There have been 30,168,562 tests completed.

_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,048 confirmed cases (31 active, 1,011 resolved, six deaths).

There were two new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 5.94 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 17 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is two.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 1.15 per 100,000 people.

There have been 235,541 tests completed.

_ Prince Edward Island: 174 confirmed cases (13 active, 161 resolved, zero deaths).

There was one new case Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 8.14 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been nine new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is one.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.

There have been 135,297 tests completed.

_ Nova Scotia: 1,831 confirmed cases (68 active, 1,696 resolved, 67 deaths).

There were nine new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 6.94 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 50 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is seven.

There were zero new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there has been one new reported death. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.01 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 6.84 per 100,000 people.

There have been 468,265 tests completed.

_ New Brunswick: 1,797 confirmed cases (140 active, 1,624 resolved, 33 deaths).

There were zero new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 17.91 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 61 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is nine.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 4.22 per 100,000 people.

There have been 285,774 tests completed.

_ Quebec: 339,180 confirmed cases (12,363 active, 315,984 resolved, 10,833 deaths).

There were 1,136 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 144.18 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 9,708 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,387.

There were 17 new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 77 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 11. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.13 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 126.34 per 100,000 people.

There have been 7,878,652 tests completed.

_ Ontario: 424,911 confirmed cases (42,941 active, 374,213 resolved, 7,757 deaths).

There were 3,469 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 291.44 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 30,232 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 4,319.

There were 22 new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 175 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 25. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.17 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 52.65 per 100,000 people.

There have been 13,424,896 tests completed.

_ Manitoba: 36,470 confirmed cases (1,783 active, 33,727 resolved, 960 deaths).

There were 211 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 129.27 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,017 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 145.

There was one new reported death Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of nine new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.09 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 69.6 per 100,000 people.

There have been 635,043 tests completed.

_ Saskatchewan: 38,651 confirmed cases (2,640 active, 35,546 resolved, 465 deaths).

There were 249 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 223.98 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,759 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 251.

There were zero new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of eight new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.1 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 39.45 per 100,000 people.

There have been 729,935 tests completed.

_ Alberta: 173,531 confirmed cases (18,481 active, 153,002 resolved, 2,048 deaths).

There were 1,345 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 417.94 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 10,412 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,487.

There were five new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 27 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is four. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.09 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 46.32 per 100,000 people.

There have been 3,957,488 tests completed.

_ British Columbia: 120,889 confirmed cases (9,377 active, 109,973 resolved, 1,539 deaths).

There were 849 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 182.16 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 7,187 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,027.

There was one new reported death Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 24 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is three. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.07 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 29.9 per 100,000 people.

There have been 2,381,346 tests completed.

_ Yukon: 77 confirmed cases (two active, 74 resolved, one death).

There were zero new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 4.76 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of two new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 2.38 per 100,000 people.

There have been 8,822 tests completed.

_ Northwest Territories: 43 confirmed cases (zero active, 43 resolved, zero deaths).

There were zero new cases Tuesday. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of zero new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.

There have been 17,005 tests completed.

_ Nunavut: 428 confirmed cases (33 active, 391 resolved, four deaths).

There were five new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 83.86 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 33 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is five.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 10.16 per 100,000 people.

There have been 10,422 tests completed.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published April 21, 2021.

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How our minds make lasting memories out of a pandemic haze

THE BIG STORY | posted Wednesday, Apr 21st, 2021

In today’s Big Story podcast, Picture the moment Covid-19 became real to you—when you left to work from home, or sports shut down, or someone you know got sick. How accurate is that memory? Now, what do you remember about the days, weeks and months that came afterward? When you tell these stories to your grandchildren one day, how will you frame them?

The past year has been unbelievably hard, and if you’ve lost something it can often feel like it was needless and hopeless. But what we learn from studying memory is that those aren’t the stories we end up telling ourselves about difficult struggles…

GUEST: Melissa Fay Greene for The Atlantic

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You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

Annual pace of inflation leaps higher in March to 2.2%

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Apr 21st, 2021

Statistics Canada says the annual pace of inflation jumped higher in March due in large part to a plunge in prices a year ago at the start of the pandemic.

The agency says the consumer price index in March was up 2.2 per cent compared with a year ago.

The increase compared with a 1.1 per cent year-over-year increase in February, which was then a pandemic-era high.

The figures for March marked a new high, but one that saw prices compared against a year ago when the first wave of COVID-19 crashed on Canada’s shores.

March gas prices, for example, were up 35.3 per cent compared with the same month last year when prices reached a four-year low at the onset of the pandemic.

Statistics Canada says about one-fifth of the increase in gasoline prices was due to the comparison with prices in March 2020.

A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Apr 20th, 2021

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Monday April 20, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 269,775 new vaccinations administered for a total of 10,243,418 doses given. Nationwide, 932,807 people or 2.5 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 27,028.004 per 100,000.

There were 4,700 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 12,667,610 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 80.86 per cent of their available vaccine supply.

Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the territories typically do not report on a daily basis.

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 26,302 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 136,349 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 260.391 per 1,000. In the province, 1.85 per cent (9,674) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 4,700 new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 173,840 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 78.43 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

P.E.I. is reporting 8,567 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 39,504 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 249.034 per 1,000. In the province, 5.88 per cent (9,325) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 53,545 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 34 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 73.78 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nova Scotia is reporting 57,440 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 207,563 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 212.689 per 1,000. In the province, 3.31 per cent (32,255) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 316,500 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 32 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 65.58 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

New Brunswick is reporting 48,322 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 200,587 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 257.15 per 1,000. In the province, 2.41 per cent (18,812) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 255,205 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 78.6 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Quebec is reporting 41,177 new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,399,934 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 280.476 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 2,836,485 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 84.61 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Ontario is reporting 66,897 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,904,778 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 265.829 per 1,000. In the province, 2.36 per cent (346,005) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 4,852,885 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 80.46 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Manitoba is reporting 5,788 new vaccinations administered for a total of 341,926 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 248.312 per 1,000. In the province, 5.07 per cent (69,822) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 479,010 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 35 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 71.38 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Saskatchewan is reporting 7,043 new vaccinations administered for a total of 352,169 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 298.662 per 1,000. In the province, 3.64 per cent (42,893) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 396,475 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 34 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 88.83 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Alberta is reporting 18,175 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,165,223 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 264.70 per 1,000. In the province, 5.30 per cent (233,340) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 1,449,695 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 80.38 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

British Columbia is reporting 98,069 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,380,160 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 268.954 per 1,000. In the province, 1.72 per cent (88,151) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 1,696,370 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 81.36 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Yukon is reporting 1,345 new vaccinations administered for a total of 45,391 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,087.705 per 1,000. In the territory, 48.71 per cent (20,326) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 59,500 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 140 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 76.29 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

The Northwest Territories are reporting 3,429 new vaccinations administered for a total of 44,646 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 989.517 per 1,000. In the territory, 42.71 per cent (19,271) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 56,300 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 120 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 79.3 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nunavut is reporting 719 new vaccinations administered for a total of 25,188 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 650.416 per 1,000. In the territory, 28.23 per cent (10,933) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 41,800 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 110 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 60.26 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

*Notes on data: The figures are compiled by the COVID-19 Open Data Working Group based on the latest publicly available data and are subject to change. Note that some provinces report weekly, while others report same-day or figures from the previous day. Vaccine doses administered is not equivalent to the number of people inoculated as the approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 18 and those with certain health conditions. In some cases the number of doses administered may appear to exceed the number of doses distributed as some provinces have been drawing extra doses per vial.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published April 20, 2021.

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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday, April 20, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Apr 20th, 2021

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

There are 1,131,773 confirmed cases in Canada.

Canada: 1,131,773 confirmed cases (88,327 active, 1,019,779 resolved, 23,667 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers.

There were 8,317 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 232.41 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 60,759 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,680.

There were 45 new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 311 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 44. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.12 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 62.27 per 100,000 people.

There have been 30,041,115 tests completed.

Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,046 confirmed cases (29 active, 1,011 resolved, six deaths).

There were three new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 5.55 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 16 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is two.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 1.15 per 100,000 people.

There have been 234,869 tests completed.

Prince Edward Island: 173 confirmed cases (13 active, 160 resolved, zero deaths).

There were three new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 8.14 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of eight new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is one.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.

There have been 134,959 tests completed.

Nova Scotia: 1,822 confirmed cases (63 active, 1,692 resolved, 67 deaths).

There were 15 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 6.43 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 47 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is seven.

There were zero new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there has been one new reported death. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.01 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 6.84 per 100,000 people.

There have been 466,315 tests completed.

New Brunswick: 1,797 confirmed cases (159 active, 1,605 resolved, 33 deaths).

There were nine new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 20.35 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 65 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is nine.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 4.22 per 100,000 people.

There have been 284,651 tests completed.

Quebec: 338,044 confirmed cases (12,852 active, 314,376 resolved, 10,816 deaths).

There were 1,092 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 149.89 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 10,062 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,437.

There were 15 new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 72 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 10. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.12 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 126.14 per 100,000 people.

There have been 7,844,970 tests completed.

Ontario: 421,442 confirmed cases (42,863 active, 370,844 resolved, 7,735 deaths).

There were 4,447 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 290.91 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 30,433 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 4,348.

There were 19 new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 168 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 24. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.16 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 52.5 per 100,000 people.

There have been 13,382,023 tests completed.

Manitoba: 36,267 confirmed cases (1,685 active, 33,623 resolved, 959 deaths).

There were 108 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 122.17 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 943 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 135.

There were zero new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 10 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.1 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 69.53 per 100,000 people.

There have been 632,455 tests completed.

Saskatchewan: 38,401 confirmed cases (2,626 active, 35,310 resolved, 465 deaths).

There were 243 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 222.79 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,797 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 257.

There were zero new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 10 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.12 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 39.45 per 100,000 people.

There have been 726,692 tests completed.

Alberta: 172,186 confirmed cases (18,424 active, 151,719 resolved, 2,043 deaths).

There were 1,391 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 416.66 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 10,148 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,450.

There were three new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 25 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is four. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.08 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 46.2 per 100,000 people.

There have been 3,925,765 tests completed.

British Columbia: 120,040 confirmed cases (9,583 active, 108,919 resolved, 1,538 deaths).

There were 1,000 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 186.16 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 7,211 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,030.

There were eight new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 25 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is four. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.07 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 29.88 per 100,000 people.

There have been 2,372,213 tests completed.

Yukon: 76 confirmed cases (two active, 73 resolved, one death).

There were zero new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 4.76 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there has been a total of one new case. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 2.38 per 100,000 people.

There have been 8,799 tests completed.

Northwest Territories: 43 confirmed cases (zero active, 43 resolved, zero deaths).

There were zero new cases Monday. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of zero new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.

There have been 16,994 tests completed.

Nunavut: 423 confirmed cases (28 active, 391 resolved, four deaths).

There were six new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 71.15 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 28 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is four.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 10.16 per 100,000 people.

There have been 10,334 tests completed.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published April 20, 2021.

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Canada’s Vaccine Hunters have tips to help you book your shot

THE BIG STORY | posted Tuesday, Apr 20th, 2021

In today’s Big Story podcast, in one week, the @VaxHuntersCan Twitter account has grown from a few thousand followers to more than 85,000. By the time you read this it may be close to 100,000. And that’s because the account has one simple mission: find available Covid-19 vaccination appointments in clinics, hospitals and pharmacies across Canada, and find people ready to take them.

In the middle of a vaccine rollout that has been convoluted and sometimes confusing, the Vaccine Hunters have been a godsend. But what does it say about our government that they’re needed at all? How did this project come together and evolve? And what have they learned while doing it that can help you book your vaccine?

GUEST: Josh Kalpin, Vaccine Hunters Canada

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You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

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