KEY FACTS

  • 7:21 a.m. Premier Doug Ford signalling province-wide stay-at-home order to be revealed Wednesday

  • 6:22 a.m.: Iran shattered its daily record for new coronavirus infections Wednesday

  • 6:05 a.m.: All Toronto schools will move to virtual learning for at least two weeks

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Wednesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

10:42 a.m. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization says it is standing by its emergency recommendation to extend the delivery of second doses of COVID-19 vaccines up to four months.

The panel’s “rapid” response recommendation a month ago was followed by further research on the vaccines.

NACI’s experts say they still believe that extending the time to give a second dose will bring protection to Canadians more quickly.

The panel says it expects the administration of second doses won’t end up taking as long as four months based on Canada’s expected vaccine supply.

10:33 a.m. The European Union’s drug said Wednesday that it found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but recommended that vaccinations continue in adults, saying the benefits of the shot still outweigh risks.

10:15 a.m. Ontario is reporting 3,215 cases of COVID-19 and nearly 49,900 tests completed. Locally, there are 1,095 new cases in Toronto, 596 in Peel, 342 in York Region, 225 in Ottawa and 187 in Durham.

The province is reporting that as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, 2,726,221 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

9:58 a.m. The York Region public board approved a motion asking the education ministry and local public health unit to move its schools online, following the lead of Peel and Toronto.

The motion, passed Tuesday night by trustees, also asked that “that the vaccination of teachers, administrators, caretakers and other staff within the York Region District School Board be prioritized as a matter of urgency for their safety as frontline workers and to reduce or prevent the Board from closing more schools due to operational challenges.”

Read the full story by the Star’s Kris Rushowy here.

9:49 a.m. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still warning travelers to avoid all travel to Canada but has updated the warning to include fully vaccinated travelers.

“Because of the current situation in Canada even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to Canada. If you must travel to Canada, get fully vaccinated before travel. All travelers should wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, avoid crowds, and wash their hands,” reads the site.

9:22 a.m. Ontario administered 104,382 vaccine doses Tuesday, a new record.

9 a.m. Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown called for schools to remain open and for teachers to get vaccinated, after Peel Public Health ordered schools in the region to close for two weeks starting April 6.

On April 5, Brown posted a series of tweets with the first calling for educators to get vaccinated and for elementary schools to remain open.

He then added that Amazon, processing plants, big box stores, and close crowded factories should be closed, but if the supply chain couldn’t handle the closure, then essential workers must be vaccinated.

“Same old approach isn’t working,” Brown said.

He then tweeted, “If schools are being closed because they are a COVID-19 risk then why are we not vaccinating educators during this multi-week closure. Currently, they are slated for June. This makes no sense. Vaccinate educators NOW so that we can reopen schools.”

8:30 a.m. Ontario will issue a new stay-at-home order to try and control a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, sources tell The Canadian Press.

Premier Doug Ford is expected to make the announcement at a news conference this afternoon. Sources say the order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning and last for four weeks.

Only stores selling essential goods will remain open during the four-week period.

Ford’s cabinet made the decision about the stay-at-home order during a meeting Tuesday night.

The premier hinted at new restrictions coming during a news conference on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, vaccine appointments for Ontarians aged 60 and older opened in all of the province’s public health units on Wednesday morning.

8 a.m. As Ontarians wait to hear Premier Doug Ford’s latest plan to halt a roaring surge in COVID-19 infections, Toronto leaders know what they want him to do.

Coun. Joe Cressy, chair of the Toronto Public Health board, said that when Ford makes his announcement Wednesday, he needs to lay out a “consistent provincewide approach” including a new order for people to stay at home.

“That means increased restrictions to reduce (physical) contact,” plus “actually supporting those who are essential workers,” with government-guaranteed paid sick leave for those infected or awaiting test results, Cressy said Tuesday.

“Without quick action, the medicine will only be harder to take later. We need all this now.”

Read the full story from the Star’s David Rider

7:43 a.m. Starting Wednesday, all Toronto schools will move to virtual learning for at least two weeks, under orders from the regional health authority Tuesday.

One day after hundreds of thousands of Toronto students returned from Easter weekend to in-person classes, a section 22 order from the city’s top doctor, Dr. Eileen De Villa, had them headed back home.

Toronto’s announcement came a day after Peel and Guelph declared the same. Other regions like York abstained, following the provincial stance of prioritizing in-person class even during the latest “shut-down.”

Meanwhile, Ontario Premier Doug Ford signaled Tuesday evening that tougher measures — including a province-wide stay-at-home order — might be on the way.

Read the full story from the Star’s Manuela Vega and Kevin Jiang

7:45 a.m. On Saturday, after the Ontario government announced a 28-day shutdown across the province, Michael Hunter mailed an invoice to Doug Ford.

The co-owner of Antler Kitchen & Bar put the premier’s tab at $431.55 — the total cost of the two kegs of beer he purchased after Toronto restaurants were told, just two weeks earlier, that they could reopen their patios. With patios closed yet again, Hunter had no remaining use for all that booze.

“You say you care about Toronto’s restaurants … So we’re sending an invoice to you for two kegs worth of beer that will spoil because of this shut down. We bought them because you said we could re-open,” Hunter wrote in a letter to the premier.

“We know you will be glad to cover the cost and take them off our hands. They might go down well at the next cabinet meeting.”

The hundreds of dollars Antler spent on kegs are relatively minor, though, compared to the expenses incurred by most Ontario restaurants in preparation for the Easter weekend. The weekend’s warm weather was expected to help fill patios, but instead it became the latest financial disaster for Ontario’s struggling small businesses.

Read the full story from the Star’s Jacob Lorinc

7:30 a.m. Neighbourhoods in Toronto and Peel hardest hit by COVID-19, including those home to thousands of at-risk essential workers, are among the areas within those regions with the lowest rates of vaccination, new data shows.

At the same time, the data — broken down by postal code and released Tuesday by the Toronto-based non-profit ICES, formerly the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences — shows that the richest neighbourhoods with lower risk are among those with the highest vaccination rates.

In Toronto’s Jane and Finch neighbourhood in the city’s northwest corner, where the concentration of poverty and multi-generational households is high, just 5.5 per cent of residents have had at least one dose of the vaccine — the lowest rate in the city.

Read the full story from the Star’s May Warren, Kenyon Wallace and Cameron Tulk

7:21 a.m. Premier Doug Ford is signalling tougher measures — including another province-wide stay-at-home order — will be revealed Wednesday as the rapid spread of COVID-19 pushes Ontario to its most dangerous point of the pandemic and Toronto schools halt in-person classes.

Less than a week after imposing tighter controls across the province, and amid criticism from health experts that they weren’t strong enough, Ford acknowledged more must be done to suppress highly contagious variants of the virus, particularly in Toronto, and in Peel and York regions.

“We’re going to have further restrictions moving forward very, very quickly,” the premier told a news conference Tuesday, noting he had discussions with chief medical officer Dr. David Williams over the Easter weekend.

Sources said a change from the previous stay-at-home order will see big box retailers like Walmart and Costco restricted to selling essential food and pharmacy items — a measure Ford has previously rejected as unweildy.

The move comes after Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s medical officer of health, ordered schools in the city closed from Wednesday until at least April 18, when spring break is scheduled to end.

Read the full story from the Star’s Rob Ferguson and Kristin Rushowy

6:22 a.m.: Iran shattered its daily record for new coronavirus infections Wednesday for the second consecutive day, with recorded cases soaring to 20,954.

The country is in the midst of one of the most severe surges of the coronavirus to date, following a two-week public holiday for Nowruz, the Persian New Year, which drove millions to travel to popular vacation spots across the country, crowd markets and congregate in homes for parties in defiance of government health guidelines.

There appears to be no respite in sight, as the country’s vaccine rollout lags, with only just over 200,000 vaccine doses having been administered in the country of 84 million, according to the World Health Organization.

Wednesday’s infection count easily surpassed the previous record set Tuesday of 17,430 infections. That signals the biggest surge in over four months.

6:05 a.m.: Starting Wednesday, all Toronto schools will move to virtual learning for at least two weeks, under orders from the regional health authority Tuesday.

One day after hundreds of thousands of Toronto students returned from Easter weekend to in-person classes, a section 22 order from the city’s top doctor, Dr. Eileen De Villa, had them headed back home.

Toronto’s announcement came a day after Peel and Guelph declared the same. Other regions like York abstained, following the provincial stance of prioritizing in-person class even during the latest “shut-down.”

Meanwhile, Ontario Premier Doug Ford signaled Tuesday evening that tougher measures — including a province-wide stay-at-home order — might be on the way.

Read more of this story by Kevin Jiang.

5:36 a.m.: Czech Prime Minster Andrej Babis fired his health minister on Wednesday, the third health minister who has been ousted during the pandemic in one of Europe’s hardest-hit countries.

Jan Blatny was expected to be replaced by Petr Arenberger, the director of Prague’s University Hospital Vinohrady, who will be sworn in later Wednesday.

Babis has repeatedly criticized Blatny over his handling of the pandemic, including imposing strict conditions for the use of experimental drugs to treat COVID-19 patients.

Blatny was also under fire from pro-Russian President Milos Zeman, an ally of Babis, who asked the prime minister last month to replace Blatny over his refusal to allow the use of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine because it has not been approved by the European Union’s drug regulator.

Blatny took office on Oct 29 to replace epidemiologist Roman Prymula, who was dismissed after he was photographed visiting a restaurant that should have been closed as part of the country’s restrictive measures to slow down the pandemic.

4:17 a.m.: Ontario concert venue owners are demanding more transparency from the provincial government after the latest round of COVID-19 restrictions outlawed live streaming shows with little advance notice.

For the second time this year, club owners say they’ve been left frustrated and confused as the province told them to sideline virtual shows while other industries operate with less strict precautions.

“The government is picking winners and losers without any logic,” said Jeff Cohen, owner of the Horseshoe Tavern, a downtown Toronto venue that packed in crowds before the pandemic but turned to live streams over the past year to stay in business.

“The moment we try to do something proactive… we’re just getting hit on the head with a rubber mallet.”

Doug Ford’s “emergency brake” plan, introduced on Thursday, prohibits virtual shows in empty concert halls for the next four weeks. That’s left some in the live music industry frustrated, pointing out shoppers are still permitted to wander malls while TV and movie productions continue rolling in film studios.

Since last year, Cohen has been chasing ways to keep the lights on at the Horseshoe while supporting Canadian musicians.

Last August, he launched the Horseshoe Hootenanny, a live streaming concert series that went dark when Ontario’s leaders unveiled stricter health guidelines late last year, which made it against the rules to keep the series running.

4:16 a.m.: Provincial governments are grappling with how to bring the third wave of COVID-19 under control, as the more virulent variants of the virus begin to dominate and younger, healthier people are getting very sick, very quickly.

From Ontario and Quebec to British Columbia and Alberta, fear of the variants is growing as swiftly as the caseloads, particularly for young people who might still think the virus won’t hit them that hard.

Alberta and Toronto have brought back restrictions to combat the spread.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says widespread rule-breaking has forced his government to bring back tougher public-health restrictions and that failing to do so would cause variant COVID-19 cases to swamp the health-care system by next month.

Kenney acknowledged decisions to shut down indoor dining, curb indoor fitness and reduce retail capacity will meet resistance, even within his own United Conservative Party and caucus.

“But the government cannot ignore the science. We cannot dismiss the medical advice and we cannot ignore the numbers,” he said Tuesday.

Restaurants, bars, lounges and cafes are to close to indoor service starting Friday at noon, but curbside pickup, takeout and patio dining are allowed.

Retail stores currently have 25 per cent customer capacity, but that will be lowered to 15 per cent starting Wednesday, and low-intensity group fitness activities will once again be banned.

Indoor social gatherings remain banned and outdoor get-togethers can have no more than 10 people.

Meanwhile, Toronto is the latest COVID-19 hot spot in Ontario to order schools closed while the provincial government maintains that classrooms are safe for in-person learning.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa issued the order on Tuesday, following similar moves by her counterparts in Peel Region and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph. Classes are to move online Wednesday in Toronto, with the closure to be reassessed on April 18 when the scheduled spring break ends.

The health unit said schools should be the last places to close but new variants have increased the risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19 and strong measures are necessary.

4 a.m.: Ontario has done a decent job administering COVID-19 vaccines thus far given its limited supply of doses, but as variants continue to send more younger people to hospital, the province needs to switch up its strategy, infectious disease experts suggest.

The province has begun its Phase 2 of the vaccination plan, which targets people aged 50 and older who live in COVID-19 hot spots and those who can’t work from home.

But critics say the variants of concern are moving much faster than the vaccine rollout, pointing out that the province has millions of doses in freezers.

Premier Doug Ford shot back at critics on Tuesday, saying most of those doses are spoken for.

“We are ready to go,” Ford said. “We have over 1.3 million appointments booked.”

Before a shipment of millions of vaccine doses arrived in Canada on Sunday, the province had administered about 2.4 million – or 86 per cent – of 2.8 million doses it had received from Ottawa. That ranked Ontario second among provinces and territories behind only Saskatchewan.

“With the limited amount of supply, I think we have been very successful in our initial strategy, which was to get it into residents of long-term care, their staff, and into health-care workers who are going to be carrying the brunt of everything,” said Dr. Gerald Evans, an infectious disease professor at Queen’s University.

“But we have to be nimble and change.”

In the third wave of the pandemic, the new variants of concern have created a new vulnerable population – young essential workers, Evans said.

“The segment of the population that’s driving most of the pandemic is in fact those who are younger, the age groups between about 20 to 40 years old who are doing essential work,” he said.

The new variants are both more transmissible and lead to more severe illnesses, Ontario data shows.

4 a.m.: Students at schools in Toronto are taking classes fully online today following an order from the city’s top doctor.

The public health unit says the measure is necessary as new COVID-19 variants pose a greater risk of hospitalization and death.

Classes in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph are also moving online after Peel Region took schools virtual yesterday.

Those health units say the measure will be reassessed depending on the COVID-19 situation at the end of the spring break next week.

The province says schools are safe and should remain open amid the third wave of infections for students’ mental health.

Ontarians aged 60 and older can book vaccine appointments in all public health units starting today.

4 a.m.: 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.

Canadian provinces suspended use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in people under age 55 on Monday, acting on an advisory committee’s concerns about a possible link between the shot and rare blood clots.

Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.’s chief medical officer of health, said the risk of developing a serious problem after being immunized is “very, very low.”

She said people who received the AstraZeneca vaccine should look for symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, persistent abdominal pain, sudden onset of severe or persistent headache or blurred vision and skin bruising elsewhere than the site of vaccination, developing four to 20 days after vaccination.

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

4 a.m.: The Manitoba government is expected to cut some taxes and offer new money to fight COVID-19 in today’s provincial budget.

Finance Minister Scott Fielding says there will be supports for people who have been hurt by the pandemic’s effects on the economy.

He also says there will be $1.2 billion in COVID-19 spending for such things as protective equipment and extra staffing at vaccination centres.

The Progressive Conservative government has already said the budget will follow through on two earlier tax promises.

One is to start phasing out the education tax on property, and the other is to eliminate the provincial sales tax on personal care services such as haircuts.

Fielding says the tax cuts are needed, even as the province is predicting a $1.6-billion deficit.

“Specifically during a pandemic, Manitobans need relief,” he said.

Of the new health-care money, $100 million is expected to go toward getting more COVID-19 vaccines in people’s arms. About 14 per cent of adult Manitobans had received at least one dose as of Tuesday.

The Opposition New Democrats called for much more money for the vaccine program.

“This is an investment in our economy. This is an investment in our province. This is an investment in us bringing the pandemic to an end,” NDP Leader Wab Kinew said.

4 a.m.: The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

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There are 1,020,893 confirmed cases in Canada.

_ Canada: 1,020,893 confirmed cases (60,299 active, 937,453 resolved, 23,141 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers.

There were 6,520 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 158.66 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 44,296 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 6,328.

There were 23 new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 215 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 31. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.08 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 60.89 per 100,000 people.

There have been 28,364,201 tests completed.

_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,020 confirmed cases (seven active, 1,007 resolved, six deaths).

There were zero new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 1.34 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 1.15 per 100,000 people.

There have been 223,799 tests completed.

_ Prince Edward Island: 160 confirmed cases (eight active, 152 resolved, zero deaths).

There were zero new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 5.01 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of one 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 127,843 tests completed.

_ Nova Scotia: 1,747 confirmed cases (36 active, 1,645 resolved, 66 deaths).

There were six new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 3.68 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 6.74 per 100,000 people.

There have been 438,995 tests completed.

_ New Brunswick: 1,665 confirmed cases (163 active, 1,472 resolved, 30 deaths).

There were three new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 20.86 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 64 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 3.84 per 100,000 people.

There have been 270,047 tests completed.

_ Quebec: 318,532 confirmed cases (10,447 active, 297,384 resolved, 10,701 deaths).

There were 1,168 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 121.84 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 8,466 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,209.

There were four new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 43 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is six. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.07 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 124.8 per 100,000 people.

There have been 7,334,032 tests completed.

_ Ontario: 367,602 confirmed cases (26,568 active, 333,576 resolved, 7,458 deaths).

There were 3,065 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 180.32 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 20,032 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 2,862.

There were eight new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 107 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 15. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.1 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 50.62 per 100,000 people.

There have been 12,666,722 tests completed.

_ Manitoba: 34,549 confirmed cases (1,255 active, 32,352 resolved, 942 deaths).

There were 62 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 90.99 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 498 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 71.

There were two 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 0.08 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 68.3 per 100,000 people.

There have been 599,652 tests completed.

_ Saskatchewan: 34,980 confirmed cases (2,195 active, 32,342 resolved, 443 deaths).

There were 217 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 186.23 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,581 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 226.

There were three new reported deaths 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 0.11 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 37.58 per 100,000 people.

There have been 682,431 tests completed.

_ Alberta: 154,125 confirmed cases (10,809 active, 141,315 resolved, 2,001 deaths).

There were 931 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 244.44 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 6,664 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 952.

There were three new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 14 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is two. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.05 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 45.25 per 100,000 people.

There have been 3,755,884 tests completed.

_ British Columbia: 105,988 confirmed cases (8,808 active, 95,691 resolved, 1,489 deaths).

There were 1,068 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 171.11 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 6,953 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 993.

There were three new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 34 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is five. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.09 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 28.93 per 100,000 people.

There have been 2,229,943 tests completed.

_ Yukon: 74 confirmed cases (two active, 71 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 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 8,626 tests completed.

_ Northwest Territories: 43 confirmed cases (one active, 42 resolved, zero deaths).

There were zero new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 2.21 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 zero per 100,000 people.

There have been 16,223 tests completed.

_ Nunavut: 395 confirmed cases (zero active, 391 resolved, four 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 10.16 per 100,000 people.

There have been 9,928 tests completed.

4 a.m.: The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 206,306 new vaccinations administered for a total of 6,760,795 doses given. Nationwide, 730,968 people or 1.9 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 17,838.85 per 100,000.

There were 21,788 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 10,078,150 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 67.08 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 35,344 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 90,575 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 172.975 per 1,000. In the province, 1.85 per cent (9,664) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 129,060 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 25 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 70.18 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

P.E.I. is reporting 5,736 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 27,448 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 173.033 per 1,000. In the province, 4.80 per cent (7,615) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 39,585 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 25 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 69.34 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nova Scotia is reporting 22,063 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 116,436 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 119.312 per 1,000. In the province, 3.04 per cent (29,677) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 196,650 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 20 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 59.21 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

New Brunswick is reporting 32,745 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 124,122 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 159.123 per 1,000. In the province, 1.57 per cent (12,257) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 190,485 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 24 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 65.16 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Quebec is reporting 39,982 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,592,197 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 186.077 per 1,000. There were 13,988 new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 2,334,695 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 27 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 68.2 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Ontario is reporting 76,199 new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,621,839 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 178.489 per 1,000. In the province, 2.20 per cent (323,148) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 4,022,875 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 27 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 65.17 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Manitoba is reporting 6,630 new vaccinations administered for a total of 216,718 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 157.384 per 1,000. In the province, 4.55 per cent (62,656) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 7,800 new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 372,030 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 27 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 58.25 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Saskatchewan is reporting 5,938 new vaccinations administered for a total of 227,471 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 192.91 per 1,000. In the province, 3.32 per cent (39,158) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 284,995 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 24 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.82 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Alberta is reporting 26,921 new vaccinations administered for a total of 734,403 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 166.832 per 1,000. In the province, 2.80 per cent (123,272) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 1,078,215 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 24 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 68.11 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

British Columbia is reporting 18,466 new vaccinations administered for a total of 912,056 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 177.734 per 1,000. In the province, 1.70 per cent (87,474) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 1,289,060 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 25 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 70.75 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Yukon is reporting 1,723 new vaccinations administered for a total of 37,193 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 891.256 per 1,000. In the territory, 31.72 per cent (13,239) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 51,400 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 72.36 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

The Northwest Territories are reporting 919 new vaccinations administered for a total of 38,574 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 854.939 per 1,000. In the territory, 32.07 per cent (14,471) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 51,600 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 74.76 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nunavut is reporting 751 new vaccinations administered for a total of 21,763 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 561.974 per 1,000. In the territory, 21.53 per cent (8,337) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 37,500 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 97 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 58.03 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.

3:37 a.m.: Life expectancy across much of the European Union has dropped last year, as the 27-nation bloc struggled with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The EU statistical agency Eurostat said Wednesday that “following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, life expectancy at birth fell in the vast majority of the EU member states.” It said the biggest drop was in Spain, with a loss of 1.6 years compared with 2019.

Bulgaria followed with a loss of 1.5 years, followed by Lithuania, Poland and Romania, which all saw a drop of -1.4 years. Denmark and Finland were the only nations to see a rise in life expectancy, with 0.1 years.

There was no overall EU statistic available since Ireland hadn’t reported data.

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