Quebec’s first night of a curfew to curb the spread of COVID-19 resulted in tickets being given out to small groups of anti-curfew protesters.
The government imposed the four-week curfew, between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily, for all regions of the province. Those without a valid reason to be out between those hours could face fines of between $1,000 to $6,000.
On Saturday night, a handful of tickets were given out to small groups of a dozen or so anti-curfew protesters in Sherbrooke and Quebec City. A similar demonstration garnered about 50 people in Montreal. According to Radio-Canada, Montreal police ticketed 17 people for violating the curfew.
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The province reported 3,127 new cases on Saturday, topping 3,000 for the first time, and 41 more deaths. There were 1,392 people in hospital for COVID-19, including 206 in intensive care.
A curfew is also one of the options on the table for Ontario as the province deals with its own surging COVID-19 numbers. Ontario reported 3,443 new cases and 40 more deaths on Saturday.
On Friday, Premier Doug Ford said further restrictions are coming, with new modelling coming early next week painting a potentially dire scenario in the province.
“We’re in a desperate situation, and when you see the modelling, you’ll fall out of your chair,” Ford said. “There will be further measures, because this is getting out of control.”
What’s happening across Canada
As of 7:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, Canada had reported 652,473 cases of COVID-19, with 82,252 cases considered active. A CBC News tally of deaths stood at 16,833.
In Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick recorded 30 new cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of active cases to 171. The province has experienced a surge in cases in the new year, sending the entire province back to the orange phase.
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Nova Scotia has announced it is tightening border restrictions with New Brunswick following the outbreak of cases there. N.S. reported three new cases on Saturday.
Newfoundland and Labrador registered no new cases for the fourth straight day on Saturday, and its active caseload dropped to four after five people recovered.
In Prince Edward Island, the chief public health officer said the Island’s COVID-19 vaccine supply is reserved for year-round residents only, and that seasonal residents should get their shots in their home province. According to the province, P.E.I. has roughly 3,500 seasonal residents.
The province administered its first doses of the Moderna vaccine on Friday.
In the Prairies, Manitoba saw 203 new COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths on Saturday, while Saskatchewan registered 332 new cases and seven additional deaths.
Alberta announced 989 new COVID-19 cases and 31 new deaths on Saturday. The new deaths, a single-day record for the province, brought Alberta’s total number of deaths from COVID-19 to 1,272.
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In British Columbia, Kelowna RCMP say they have issued a $2,300 fine to the organizer of a protest and march in the city’s downtown Saturday that contravened provincial public health orders related to COVID-19.
In the North, the three territories did not issue any COVID-19 updates on Saturday. As of their last updates, the Northwest Territories has no active cases, while Yukon has 11 and Nunavut has one.
What’s happening around the world
As of early Sunday morning, more than 89.7 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, with more than 49.8 million of those considered recovered or resolved, according to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 case tracking tool. The global death toll stood at more than 1.9 million.
In Europe, thousands of people 80 and older have started receiving invitations to get the coronavirus vaccine in England. Britain is ramping up its national vaccination program in a bid to meet its target of inoculating about 15 million people by the middle of February.
The government has given a first dose of the vaccine to more than 1.2 million people so far. Officials are hoping a speedy mass vaccination rollout will help get Britain out of its third national lockdown, which was ordered this month to curb an alarming surge of COVID-19 infections and deaths.
Belgium’s death toll from coronavirus infections, one of the highest per capita in the world, has breached the 20,000 mark, according to official data published on Sunday.
Pope Francis confirmed in an interview with an Italian broadcaster that he has an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine when the Vatican starts its vaccination program next week. The pope also said everyone should get the vaccine, calling it an “ethical option, because you are playing with your health, life, but also with the lives of others.”
In the Americas, California health authorities on Saturday reported a record high of 695 coronavirus deaths as many hospitals strained under unprecedented caseloads, raising the state’s cumulative death toll to 29,233. The U.S. leads the world in total COVID-19 deaths with more than 372,000, according to the tally by Johns Hopkins.
Mexico posted another daily record for newly confirmed coronavirus cases, with 16,105 new infections reported Saturday, and a near-record of 1,135 deaths related to COVID-19 in the latest 24-hour period.
In the Asia-Pacific region, more than 360 people have tested positive in a growing coronavirus outbreak south of Beijing in neighbouring Hebei province. China’s National Health Commission reported Sunday that 69 new cases had been confirmed, including 46 in Hebei.
The outbreak has raised particular concern because of Hebei’s proximity to the nation’s capital. Travel between the two has been restricted, with workers from Hebei having to show proof of employment in Beijing to enter.
In the Middle East, thousands of Israelis on Saturday renewed weekly demonstrations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling for the long-serving leader to resign over corruption charges against him and his alleged mishandling of the coronavirus crisis.
The protest in a Jerusalem square near Netanyahu’s official residence comes as Israel is the midst of its third national lockdown, which was recently tightened to shutter schools, and as the country presses forward with a world-leading vaccination drive.
In Africa, South Africa remains the country hardest hit by COVID-19 on the continent. Government data put the total number of confirmed cases at more than 1.2 million and the total number of deaths at more than 32,000 as of Saturday.