Yukon has registered 31 new cases of COVID-19 in the past two days. Territorial health officials are now reducing the number of visitors allowed to long-term care homes as a precaution.
Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Brendan Hanley said in a statement Friday that the number of visitors would drop from six to two per resident for indoor visits, until July 16.
To date, there have been no cases of COVID-19 in any of the long-term care homes in the Yukon.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that the surge in cases in the Yukon is a “reminder that we all need to be careful” despite rising vaccination rates.
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Earlier in the week, Yukon Minister of Health Tracy McPhee said the territory was at a crossroads in the pandemic, testing the limits of its health system and seeking help.
The Territory has turned to the federal government and other jurisdictions for help as it battles what McPhee has called “widespread community transmission.”
Trudeau said Friday that Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs, spoke with Yukon Premier Sandy Silver, “and we are working with the territory on whatever we can do to help.”
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Meanwhile, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) says upcoming changes to COVID-19 quarantine requirements for returning travelers will not make a difference for people who are currently not eligible to enter. .
Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks and who upload their pre-arrival COVID-19 test and vaccination status in the ArriveCAN app will be exempt from quarantine effective Monday, said Denis Vinette, vice-president of the CBSA, passenger branch.
In an interview with CBC on Friday, Vinette said that if someone can’t download the app or use an ArriveCan online account, they can ask a friend or family member to submit the necessary information through e-mail in his name within 72 hours of his arrival in Canada.
What’s happening across Canada
As of 11:15 a.m.ET on Saturday, Canada had reported 1,416,557 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 6,373 were considered active. A CBC News death tally stood at 26,347. More than 38 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to date across the country.
British Columbia reported 84 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths on Friday. The numbers come a day after the province moved to Stage 3 of its plan to reopen.
In the Prairies, active cases in Alberta fell to 895, the lowest number in the province since mid-July last year; Manitobathe province’s deputy chief public health officer said the delta coronavirus variant had spread to all five health regions in the province; and 45 percent of eligible residents in Saskatchewan are now fully vaccinated.
Ontario reported 209 new cases and nine more deaths on Saturday.
Quebec confirmed 69 new cases and three more deaths on Friday. The province will not update its case count on weekends and holidays.
In Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador the premier tweeted on Thursday that 80% of the province’s eligible population had now received a dose of the vaccine; New Scotland said international travelers can resume entering the province on Monday.
New Brunswick recorded no new infections on Saturday.
Nunavut also did not report any new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.
In the Northwest Territories, mask requirements and appointments at many Yellowknife institutions – such as the public library and swimming pools – will be lifted on Monday.
What is happening in the world
As of Saturday morning, more than 183.1 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to data released by Johns Hopkins University in the United States. The death toll worldwide was over 3.9 million.
In the Middle East, Iran could face a fifth wave of COVID-19 infections as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus spreads across the country, President Hassan Rouhani warned on Saturday.
Iran, with a population of 83 million, has recorded 84,627 deaths from COVID-19, the highest death toll in the Middle East.
The government blamed the sluggishness of the vaccination campaign on US sanctions hampering efforts to purchase foreign vaccines and delays in delivery. Rouhani said Iran received a small portion of the 16.8 million vaccines it ordered from the global COVAX vaccine sharing program.
In Europe, a number of countries are working to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations and forestall the spread of the more infectious delta variant.
“It is very important to move forward with the deployment of the vaccine at a very high rate,” warned the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
The number of new daily cases is rising sharply in countries like the UK, Portugal and Russia.
In the UK, cases of the delta variant have quadrupled in less than a month, with confirmed cases on Friday up 46% from the previous week.
Amid the increase, more than 60,000 football fans are expected to be at Wembley Stadium in north London for the European Championship semi-finals on July 6-7 and the final on July 11 in the part of the government program to organize safe mass events. All ticket holders must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of two doses of the vaccine.
Portuguese authorities have extended the opening hours of vaccination centers, created new walk-in clinics, called in armed forces personnel to help with operations and reduced the time between taking the two doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine. 12 weeks to eight weeks.
The Dutch government is expanding its vaccination program to 12-17 year olds to help avert a feared new wave. Greece offers young adults € 150 (CA $ 219) in credit after their first jab. Authorities in Rome are considering the use of vans to vaccinate people at the beach, while Poland last week launched a lottery open only to fully vaccinated adults, with new cars among the prizes.
In Asia, after a slow rollout of vaccination, Indonesia is now battling to vaccinate as many people as possible as it battles an explosion of COVID-19 cases that have strained its healthcare. But the lack of global supply, the complicated geography of the world’s largest archipelago and the reluctance of some Indonesians are major obstacles.
Fueled by travel in May during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr and the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus first discovered in India, the most recent spike has pushed some hospitals to their limits. In the past two weeks, the seven-day moving average of daily cases has risen from over 8,655 to 20,690. Nearly half of those tested by PCR return positive results.
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In the Americas, the United States will ship four million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to Indonesia, the U.S. national security adviser told Indonesia’s foreign minister on Friday.
During a call with Retno Marsudi, Jake Sullivan said the doses would be shipped via the global COVAX vaccine sharing program “as soon as possible,” according to a White House statement.
Indonesia has mainly relied on the vaccine from Chinese company Sinovac Biotech, but has sought to diversify its sources of supply.
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