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February 05, 2021
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The outbreak by the numbers (as of 3:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2021):
Canada: 796,623 cases | 45,108 active | 20,591 deceased
Globally: 105,180,206 cases | 58,490,102 recovered | 2,292,029 deceased
Vaccinations by the numbers (as of 3:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2021)
Globally: 119,480,093 doses administered | 1.53% of population
Canada: 883,430 first doses | 150,338 second doses | 2.32%
British Columbia: 137,470 first doses | 8,097 second doses | 2.67%
Alberta: 90,594 first doses | 21,794 second doses | 2.05%
Saskatchewan: 30,880 first doses | 5,647 second doses | 2.62%
Manitoba: 33,289 first doses | 11,811 second doses | 2.41%
Ontario: 274,918 first doses | 87,831 second doses | 1.87%
Quebec: 248,673 first doses | 0 second doses | 2.9%
New Brunswick: 12,817 first doses | 4,460 second doses | 1.64%
Nova Scotia: 12,614 first doses | 4,681 second doses | 1.29%
Prince Edward Island: 5,288 first doses | 2,568 second doses | 3.31%
Newfoundland and Labrador: 9,272 first doses | 3,324 second doses | 1.78%
Yukon: 9,931 first doses | 0 second doses | 23.55%
Northwest Territories: 12,116 first doses | 125 second doses | 26.88%
Nunavut: 5,568 first doses | 0 second doses | 14.17%
Here's what's been happening in Canada Cases pass 796,000. Since the last newsletter, officials have confirmed more than 7,000 new cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 1,670 in Ontario on Friday, bringing the seven-day average to 1,575, a significant drop from the previous week. The number of deaths remain high in the province with 250 COVID-19 fatalities already this month.
Continued vigilance. While Canada has seen a nearly 30-per-cent drop in active COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, federal officials are urging continued vigilance with public health precautions to sustain the downward trend. "The risk remains that trends could reverse quickly," said Dr. Theresa Tam. Cruise ship ban. Canadian waters will be without cruise ships for another year after the federal government extended an order first put in place last March. The ban on cruise ships now stretches to Feb. 28, 2022. Airline survival. Advocates for the Canadian airline industry say many routes will die without a dedicated aid package from the government, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisted this week that Ottawa will ensure airlines survive the pandemic. "Canada needs and will have a vibrant competitive airline industry after this is all done," he said.
'Momentary disruptions' or fatal delays? After shipments of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were cut in recent weeks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chalked the delays up to "momentary disruptions" and promised that Canada is still on track to see tens of millions of doses arrive in the coming months. Before the delivery delays, Canada planned to receive up to 367,575 Pfizer doses this week. Instead, officials received 79,000. More than 230,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine were supposed to arrive this week too. Instead, we got 180,000. Meanwhile, Canadian officials have logged nearly 18,000 new infections since Monday and over 500 new COVID-19-related deaths.
#ABrightSide in dark times Find uplifting moments during the pandemic with the CTVNews.ca #ABrightSide series. Here's #ABrightSide for Friday: A small group of university students are preparing and delivering "hygiene kits" to shelters in the Toronto area to help young people experiencing homelessness. The kits include toothpaste, a toothbrush, body wash, deodorant, floss, and hand sanitizer and a face mask for COVID-19 protection. "Little acts of kindness can go such a long way," said Sameer Maden, president of the Toronto branch of Hygiene for the Homeless Canada. Share your tips for stories that provide "a bright side" of a dark time by emailing us at email@example.com. Please include your full name, city, and a phone number or email where we can reach you.