All of Quebec is now at the lowest alert level as part of 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 regions surrounding them, turn from yellow to green on the pandemic alert level system as of Monday.
The other regions of the province were already at the green level.
Several green zone restrictions were relaxed further today, with up to 20 people now allowed to share a table on restaurant and bar terraces.
Outdoor gatherings on private property can now also include up to 20 people.
Capacity is also increasing for weddings and funerals, but wedding receptions will have more stringent guidelines.
Health officials in Quebec, who no longer report daily COVID-19 data on weekends or holidays, are expected to release updated figures later Monday.
-From the Canadian Press and CBC News, last updated at 7 a.m. ET
What’s happening across Canada
As of 10:05 a.m. ET, Canada had reported 1,413,513 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, with 8,607 considered active. A CBC News death tally stood at 26,230. More than 35.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the country to date, according to the CBC vaccine tracker.
Ontario Monday reported 210 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths The update came as the province prepares to move to next phase of its reopening plan later this week.
In Toronto, Mayor John Tory urged people on Monday to receive their second dose and said the city aims to get as many people vaccinated as possible in the coming weeks. 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, a event that the city nicknamed “Our winning shot”.
In Atlantic Canada on Sunday, health officials reported a total of four new cases of COVID-19, including three in New Scotland and one in New Brunswick. There has been no update from health officials in Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador.
Manitoba Sunday reported 97 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death – a child under 10. Saskatchewan, meanwhile, reported 48 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths.
Across the North, health officials in Yukon Sunday reported 44 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Friday, the majority of cases in Whitehorse.
“COVID-19 continues to spread widely in the Yukon, primarily among adults, youth and unvaccinated children,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley said said in a press release, calling the current situation the territory’s “first real wave of COVID”.
There has been no update in the Northwest Territories, while Nunavut had no new cases to report.
Health officials in Alberta and British Columbia are expected to provide updated figures covering the weekend later Monday.
-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated 10:05 am ET
What is happening in the world
Early Monday morning, a Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 case tracker showed more than 181.1 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The death toll in the world stood at over 3.9 million.
In AfricaSouth Africa has reintroduced strict restrictions, including a ban on the sale of alcohol and an extended nighttime curfew, as it fights a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said the delta variant first discovered in India appears to be behind South Africa’s further increase.
South Africa recorded more than 15,000 new cases on Sunday, including 122 deaths. This brings the total number of deaths to almost 60,000.
The country’s most populous province, Gauteng, suffers the brunt of the current outbreak, accounting for around 66% of new infections. The province includes Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Health officials fear the country’s other eight provinces will soon experience spikes in cases to match those in Gauteng, where hospitals are running out of COVID-19 beds and patients are being taken to health facilities in other provinces. Neighbors Zimbabwe, Namibia and Mozambique are also battling a growing number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
In the Middle East, Oman has reported a record number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in the past 72 hours, with 119 deaths from the disease during that period, the Oman News newspaper reported on Sunday.
Israel’s new prime minister is urging young people across the country to get vaccinated as the number of coronavirus cases has risen in recent days due to a localized outbreak of the delta variant.
In the Asia Pacific region, Indonesia recorded its largest daily increase in coronavirus infections with 21,342 cases on Sunday.
Australia’s COVID-19 response committee is due to hold an emergency meeting on Monday as outbreaks of the highly contagious delta variant across the country have caused a lockdown in Sydney and renewed restrictions elsewhere.
Hong Kong has said it will ban all passenger flights from the UK from Thursday as it seeks to curb the spread of new variants of the coronavirus. He said in a statement on Monday that the UK had been classified as “at extremely high risk”.
Under this classification, people who have been in the UK for more than two hours will not be able to board passenger flights to Hong Kong. The statement said the flight ban was issued due to the “recent rebound in the epidemic situation in the UK and the widespread strain of the Delta variant virus there”.
In Europe, Britain’s mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign has weakened the link between infections and deaths, but it has not yet been completely severed, the head of a science advisory body to the government said on Sunday.
Spain and Portugal have imposed new restrictions on British travelers. Portugal has said it must quarantine itself for two weeks, unless it has proof of full COVID-19 vaccination completed 14 days earlier. The policy went into effect Monday. The government has said people can self-quarantine at home or in a location stipulated by Portuguese health authorities. Arrivals from Brazil, India and South Africa fall under the same rule.
All other entrants to Portugal must present either the European Union’s COVID digital certificate or a negative PCR test.
In Spain, from Thursday, people arriving from the UK to the Balearic Islands will need to prove that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a negative PCR test.
In the Americas, the number of cases in Brazil rose to 18,420,598, with 513,474 recorded deaths, according to the case tracking tool from Johns Hopkins University.
-From The Associated Press and Reuters and CBC News last 8:35 a.m.ET