The latest:

Ontario reported 4,094 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and 24 more deaths. While those numbers are down from the previous day, the number of ICU patients due to the illness has gone up.

There are now 2,277 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the province. Of those, 833 are in in ICU, an increase of 15 from Friday. A total of 782 patients now require ventilators to breathe.

The province on Friday confirmed 36 cases of the B1617 variant, a strain of the coronavirus first identified in India. All of the cases were detected in the last few days and appear to be travel-related.

In London, Ont., a Canadian bobsleigh athlete who won Olympic gold at the 2018 Winter Games is in hospital for treatment of COVID-19. Alex Kopacz, 31, says he cannot breathe deeply and is on supplemental oxygen.

In Saskatchewan, health experts are calling on police to enforce public health orders at two anti-mask demonstrations planned this weekend. Current public health orders in the province restrict outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 10 people. The events in Saskatoon and Maple Creek are being held as COVID-19 ICU admissions in the province are at a new high.

Canada, meanwhile, has signed contracts for 35 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for 2022 and 30 million doses the following year to ensure Canadians can get booster shots.

The deals includes options to add 30 million more in both 2022 and 2023, and an option for 60 million doses in 2024, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday.

WATCH | When can Canadians expect their second AstraZeneca dose?:

Procurement Minister Anita Anand says she’s confident there will be enough supply for Canadians who received their first dose of AstraZeneca, to get their second dose over the summer months. 6:46

In British Columbia, the government has moved to restrict non-essential travel between three regional health zones within the province.

Meanwhile, in Atlantic Canada, Halifax and surrounding municipalities are under a new series of restrictions aimed at curbing COVID-19 transmission, with Nova Scotians being urged to avoid all non-essential travel.

New Brunswick is tightening restrictions on travel to the province. All non-essential travellers to the province must isolate for 14 days. At least seven of those days must be spent in a government-designated hotel at a cost of about $200 a day.

Late Friday, Prince Edward Island announced new travel restrictions amid rising COVID-19 case counts in Atlantic Canada.


What’s happening across Canada

As of 11:05 a.m. ET on Saturday, Canada had reported 1,169,787 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 85,825 considered active. A CBC News tally of deaths stood at 23,916.

British Columbia reported 1,001 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths on Friday.

Ontario reported 4,094 new cases and 24 more deaths on Saturday. There were 2,277 people hospitalized due to COVID-19. Of those, 833 are in in ICU, an increase of 15 from the previous day.

WATCH | What the most recent flight ban means for Canadians in India:

As Canadians in India react to news they may now be stuck there for a month due to a ban on direct flights from India and Pakistan to Canada, one expert says the attempt to keep more cases of COVID-19 from being imported may not be good enough. 1:57

Public Health Ontario reported on Friday that 36 cases of the B1617 variant, first identified in India, had been detected in the province.

On Friday, Ontario also saw its second case of a rare blood clotting condition after a man in his 60s received the AstraZeneca vaccine in Hamilton.

In Quebec, health officials reported 1,106 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and 13 additional deaths.

The province is wading into uncharted territory as it plans to give some long-term care residents a different COVID-19 vaccine — in this case, Pfizer-BioNTech — for their second shot because of a shortage of the Moderna vaccine they first received.

WATCH | Woman loses husband to COVID-19 after choosing to work in person:

A Saskatchewan woman who was given the option of working from home now realizes how wrong she was after losing her husband to COVID-19. 2:05

In Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia reported 44 new cases on Friday, while New Brunswick reported 16 new cases and Newfoundland and Labrador one new case. Officials in P.E.I. had not reported any new cases as of Friday evening.

Nunavut reported nine new cases on Friday. Two new cases were reported in both Yukon and Northwest Territories

In the Prairie provinces, Manitoba reported 181 new cases Friday and two additional deaths. Saskatchewan reported 245 new cases and one additional death.

Alberta reported 1,690 new COVID-19 cases on Friday and five new deaths.


What’s happening around the world

As of Saturday morning, more than 145.6 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University’s case tracking tool. The reported global death toll stood at more than three million.

In the Asia-Pacific region, India reported the world’s highest daily count of COVID-19 cases for a third consecutive day on Saturday, with 346,786 new infections. The country’s Health Ministry reported another 2,624 deaths in the past 24 hours, pushing total fatalities from the illness to 189,544.

WATCH | Hospitals in India are running out of oxygen supplies as COVID-19 cases soar:

Hospitals in India are running out of oxygen supplies, as the country reports another 332,730 COVID-19 infections, setting a record for the second day in a row. 2:01

In the Middle East, Kuwait’s directorate general of civil aviation said early on Saturday in a tweet that it had suspended all direct commercial flights coming from India, effective April 24 and until further notice.

In the Americas, the American Museum of Natural History became one of New York City’s latest vaccination sites on Friday. People who get the vaccine at the museum can rest up under its replica of a blue whale, which appears to float through the air.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, tours the COVID-19 vaccination site under the 28-metre-long model of a blue whale in the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Friday. (Richard Drew/The Associated Press)

In Europe, Russia reported 8,828 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, including 2,541 in Moscow, which took the national tally to 4,753,789 since the start of the pandemic.

Russia’s coronavirus crisis centre said 399 more deaths of coronavirus patients had been confirmed in the past 24 hours, taking the national death toll to 107,900.

In Africa, South Africa remains the hardest hit by COVID-19 among countries on the continent, with more than 1.5 million reported cases and more than 53,000 deaths since the pandemic began.



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