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  • N.S. records 63 new infections, its most in a day since start of pandemic.
  • More than 11.8 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given in Canada so far. Get the latest updates from your region on the CBC News vaccine tracker.
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Nova Scotia has reported its highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases since the coronavirus pandemic began.

The province confirmed 63 new infections on Sunday after reporting 52 the previous day.

All but six of the new infections are in the zone that includes Halifax, which is under a month-long lockdown that took effect Friday morning.

Nova Scotia’s health authority issued a list of 20 possible exposure sites across the province on Saturday night and said anyone who had been in those areas should self-isolate as they await test results.

Corrie Watt receives a COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Pauline Layland at a clinic in Halifax on April 16. Nova Scotia confirmed 63 new infections on Sunday after reporting 52 the previous day, its highest single-day increase in cases since the coronavirus pandemic began. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

The recent surge in the province, which has prompted two hospitals in the Halifax area to temporarily reduce elective surgeries, is being partially blamed on travellers from outside the province coming into Nova Scotia.

Officials point to a cluster of cases prompted by a gathering of people who had recently arrived from Ontario.

Meanwhile, several countries are looking into ways to aid India as it grapples with a surge in COVID-19 cases that threatens to overwhelm the country’s hospitals.

Britain says it’s sending 600 pieces of medical equipment, including ventilators; Germany is examining the possibility of providing a mobile oxygen generator; and Dr. Anthony Fauci — the Biden administration’s top medical adviser on the pandemic — says the U.S. is looking into ways to increase India’s vaccine supply, such as by sending doses or helping the country “to essentially make vaccines themselves.”

In Canada, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand said Ottawa is in touch with India and that Canada “will stand ready with PPE and ventilators and any items that might be useful.”

What’s happening across Canada

As of 1:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, Canada had reported 1,177,305 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 85,714 considered active. A CBC News tally of deaths stood at 23,960.

Manitoba registered 259 new COVID-19 cases but no new deaths on Sunday.

Ontario reported 3,947 new infections and 24 fatalities as the number of patients in intensive care units once again reached a record high. 

Meanwhile, Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced on Sunday that a new round of pandemic payments will be coming for parents across the province.

Starting Monday, payments will be made to parents through the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit program to help working parents of pre-school children, those in junior and senior kindergarten through to Grade 12, and those up to age 21 for children and youth with special needs.

Quebec confirmed 1,014 new cases and 13 more deaths on Sunday. Infection rates have continued to stabilize across the province over the weekend, and two of the most troublesome regions posted encouraging numbers on Sunday.

Chaudière-Appalaches, which has been the epicentre of the third wave, recorded 95 new cases, its lowest daily total in three weeks. Meanwhile, the Quebec City region, also badly hit in the third wave, recorded 92 new cases, its lowest daily total in a month.

Both areas, along with the Outaouais, are subject to heightened lockdown measures, which are set to remain in place until May 3.

A person wearing a face mask walks by a sign for a COVID-19 vaccination site in Montreal on Sunday. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

In the Atlantic provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador added two new cases on Sunday.

In the North, Nunavut reported seven.

What’s happening around the world

As of Sunday, more than 146.5 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 3.1 million.

In Asia, Japan’s department stores, bars and theatres shuttered on Sunday as part of emergency measures to slow a surge in infections. The 17-day restrictions are declared for Tokyo, Kyoto, Hyogo and Osaka, ahead of the “Golden Week” holidays, when Japanese usually travel extensively.

People wearing face masks walk past shuttered stores at an underground shopping arcade in Osaka, Japan, on Sunday. (Yohei Fukuyama/Kyodo News/The Associated Press)

In Europe, Italy’s health minister on Sunday signed an ordinance forbidding entry into Italy to anyone who has been in India in the last 14 days.

In the Americas, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has suggested that the army might be called into the streets to restore order if lockdown measures against COVID-19 that he opposes lead to chaos.

In Africa, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, although his office did not say what type of vaccine was used. Egypt in general uses China’s Sinopharm or the AstraZeneca vaccines.

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