Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on May 6

The latest:

Alberta’s top doctor said Thursday that it’s not yet clear if the province has seen the peak of its third wave of coronavirus infection.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, told reporters that Alberta had seen 2,211 new COVID-19 infections over the previous 24 hours, but no additional deaths.

There are 654 people in hospital in Alberta because of COVID-19, including 146 people in intensive care.

Hinshaw called on Albertans to strictly follow public health measures amid “extremely high” spread of the virus and risk of personal infection.

“This is a challenging moment but one we can get through — and will get through — by limiting in-person interactions as much as possible.”

WATCH | Alberta small businesses brace for tighter COVID-19 restrictions:

Alberta’s COVID-19 restrictions are ratcheting up in the coming days as the province registers 100,000 more people for vaccinations amid a stubbornly high case count. 1:55

Two provinces away, Manitoba saw its highest daily count of new COVID-19 cases in months on Thursday, as its number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations continued to grow.

The province reported 363 new cases and four additional deaths.

The province hasn’t announced that many cases in one day since Dec. 11 (excluding a day during the holidays when multiple days of new cases were released). Manitoba’s daily caseloads over the past week ranged from 230 to 295.

Health officials say the total number of COVID-19 patients in hospital rose slightly to 185 and the number in intensive care increased from 47 to 52.

Manitoba expects the number COVID-19 patients in its intensive care wards to exceed the peak of the pandemic’s second wave by the end of the May long weekend, and modelling suggests that number could double again before summer.

In neighbouring Saskatchewan, 156 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Thursday — the lowest such total in nearly a month and a half.

In British Columbia, health officials reported 694 new cases and one additional death on a day when the province was due to see its two-millionth COVID-19 vaccine administered.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said overall immunizations were climbing, as COVID-19 transmission is “bending down” a bit.

B.C. also has recorded its first case of a vaccine-induced thrombosis related to the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine.

-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 7:30 p.m. ET


What’s happening across Canada

As of 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, Canada had reported 1,265,313 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 81,312 considered active. A CBC News tally of deaths stood at 24,489.

A health-care worker administers a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine during a pop-up clinic at Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack on Wednesday, the same day Health Canada authorized the Pfizer vaccine to be used on children aged 12 to 15. (Carlos Osorio/Reuters)

In Ontario on Thursday, health officials reported 3,424 cases and 26 additional deaths. Hospitalizations stood at 1,964, with 877 people in ICU as a result of COVID-related illness.

Quebec on Thursday reported 907 new cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths. According to the province, COVID-19 hospitalizations stood at 580, with 144 people in intensive care.

WATCH | Quebec teens urged to get vaccinated:

Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s public health director, urged the province’s teenagers to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it’s available to end the terrible isolation they’ve suffered during the pandemic. 0:36

Also Thursday, Quebec approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for teens and plans to make first doses available to people 12 to 17 before the end of the school year. 

WATCH | Alberta Children’s Hospital doctor talks about kids and COVID-19 vaccines:

Not only is it safe to vaccinate young people against COVID-19, but it’s also a necessary step towards lifting public health restrictions, says Dr. Cora Constantinescu of the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. 10:09

Across the North, Nunavut reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, as Dr. Michael Patterson, the chief public health officer, said that visiting and social gatherings are the main causes of coronavirus spread in Iqaluit right now.

Yukon did not report any new cases on Thursday, and Northwest Territories had not as of Thursday evening.

In Atlantic Canada, six new cases were reported in Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday, while New Brunswick reported 11 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death.

Nova Scotia reported 182 new cases on Thursday, with Premier Iain Rankin warning he might impose tougher restrictions to reduce the rapid spread of the deadly virus. Continuing a trend that started a month ago, almost all of the new cases — 155 — were reported in the province’s central zone, which includes Halifax.

Two new cases were reported in Prince Edward Island on Thursday.

From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 7:10 p.m. ET


What’s happening around the world

Patients arrive to receive a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in a shopping mall in Belgrade on Thursday. Serbia’s president said that his country would pay each citizen who gets a dose before the end of May. (Vladimir Zivojinovi/AFP/Getty Images)

As of early Thursday evening, more than 155.5 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracking tool. The reported global death toll stood at more than 3.2 million.

In the Americas, Brazil recorded 73,380 additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Latin America’s largest country above the 15 million mark.

People wait in line outside a community medical centre to get Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday. (Andre Penner/The Associated Press)

The ministry also said Brazil recorded 2,550 additional fatalities from COVID-19, lifting the official death toll to 416,949.

In the Asia-Pacific region, infections in India hit another daily record on Thursday as demand for medical oxygen jumped sevenfold and the government denied reports that it was slow in distributing lifesaving supplies from abroad.

The number of new cases breached 400,000 for the second time and pushed India’s total past 21 million.

A health worker inoculates a woman with a dose of the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine in New Delhi on Thursday, as India struggles to deal with a surging pandemic. (Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images)

In Africa, South Africa reported 2,000 cases overnight, representatives with WHO Africa said Thursday. The country has seen more than 1.5 million cases and more than 54,500 reported deaths.

In the Middle East, Iran’s reported COVID-19 case number was approaching 2.6 million, with more than 73,500 reported deaths.

In Europe, British officials are looking at which vaccines would offer the best booster shot for vulnerable people later this year, though no decisions have been made yet.

Stockholm residents are seen lining up to receive COVID-19 vaccines last month at a night club converted into a mass vaccination centre. (Carl-Olof Zimmerman/TT News Agency/The Associated Press)

Sweden has passed the threshold of one million coronavirus cases, or 10 per cent of its population. The country has reported 14,158 confirmed deaths. More than 33 per cent of the population has had at least one vaccine dose.

-From The Associated Press and Reuters, last updated at 7:10 p.m. ET

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