Residents of Nova Scotia face new rules on Wednesday after officials imposed a province-wide lockdown for at least two weeks to deal with an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Provincial health officials reported 96 new cases on Tuesday – a new high in a single day.
COVID-19 and other transmissible variants are spreading “faster than ever” in the province, Premier Iain Rankin told reporters.
The restrictions, which will be in place until at least May 12, call for strict rules around gatherings, sweeping closures and the switch to distance learning.
“We will not hesitate to use whatever means we have to do,” Rankin said Tuesday, stressing that he is confident that “Nova Scotians, by and large, will follow these orders.”
The province – which reported 419 active cases on Tuesday – had eight patients in hospital, including three in intensive care.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday that the military will deploy 60 military personnel to help at COVID-19 testing centers in Nova Scotia. The premier said the province has requested help due to the rapid increase in cases, particularly in the Halifax area.
In New Brunswick, meanwhile, health officials on Tuesday reported 24 new cases of COVID-19 – including 21 in the Edmundston area. The province also reported another death, saying a person in their 20s had died from COVID-19 in the Moncton area. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Jennifer Russell said the death was the youngest among 36 COVID-19-related deaths in the province.
No new cases were reported in the two Newfoundland and Labrador or Prince Edward Island.
-From UKTN News and The Canadian Press, last updated 7:05 am ET
What is happening elsewhere in Canada
WATCH | In a Montreal intensive care unit where COVID-19 patients are getting younger:
As early as Wednesday morning, Canada had reported 1,194,995 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 84,313 were considered active. A UKTN News death tally stood at 24,065.
In Quebec, Health officials on Tuesday reported 899 new cases and 14 more deaths. COVID-19 hospitalizations in the province stood at 667, with 170 people in intensive care.
In Ontario, the auditor general will issue a report later Wednesday on retirement homes that have been ravaged by COVID-19.
Health officials in the hard-hit province reported 3,265 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 more deaths on Tuesday. Hospitalizations stood at 2,336, with 875 people listed as being in intensive care “due to COVID-related illness”.
WATCH | Millions of unused rapid COVID-19 tests across Canada:
In the Prairie provinces, Manitoba reported 218 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and no additional deaths, while Saskatchewan reported 224 new cases and six additional deaths.
Alberta reported 1,539 new cases of COVID-19 and seven other deaths from the virus. According to the province, there were 635 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 143 in intensive care, and no additional deaths.
In British Columbia, health officials have reported 799 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths. COVID-19 hospitalizations stood at 500, including 164 in intensive care.
All over the North, Nunavut reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. No new cases were reported in Yukon or the Northwest Territories.
-From UKTN News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 7:10 a.m. ET
What is happening in the world
As of Wednesday morning, more than 148.7 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The global toll of reported deaths stood at more than 3.1 million.
In Europe, the European Commission’s lawsuit against drugmaker AstraZeneca over vaccine supply has started in a Brussels court, where advocates for the bloc have pushed for immediate deliveries from all factories. The parties have agreed to hold two more hearings on May 26.
In the Middle East, Iran has found three suspected cases of the variant coronavirus discovered in South Africa, its health minister said.
In the Asia Pacific region, Pakistan has recorded more than 200 deaths per day for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
South Korea has said it will offer certain exemptions from mandatory quarantine measures for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
In AfricaEgypt’s daily reported coronavirus cases topped 1,000 for the first time in months amid a spike in infections in the most populous country in the Arab world. The Department of Health has recorded 1,003 cases and 61 deaths in the past 24 hours.
In the AmericasMexico will produce Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine in the country, its foreign minister said during a visit to Moscow.
A Senate investigation into the Brazilian government’s handling of the pandemic began on Tuesday, with lawmakers throwing up what could be a major headache for the president ahead of next year’s elections.
-From The UK Time News and Reuters, last updated at 7 a.m. ET