Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Sunday

The latest:

  • P.E.I. reports 2 new cases in travellers from outside Atlantic bubble.
  • N.B. sees 3rd case of coronavirus at a school.
  • Health officials in Quebec confirm 942 new cases.
  • Ontario reports 649 new cases Sunday, down from 809 the previous day.
  • Russia reports its highest daily spike of new infections.
  • Iran announces highest single-day death toll.

Canada’s chief public health officer called the sharp uptick in cases in the past week “troubling” and is urging Canadians to stay vigilant.

In a statement on Sunday, Dr. Theresa Tam said labs across the country conducted an average of 71,000 tests a day, with 2.5 per cent of them coming back positive.

“As difficult as it may be, we need to continue on the right path and recommit, for ourselves and our loved ones, to follow the public health practices that helped us flatten the curve in the spring,” said Tam.

She also encouraged Canadians to exercise caution and follow those guidelines when celebrating Thanksgiving this year.

“While this year’s celebrations are very different, we can still be thankful for what we have, including the power as individuals to keep one another safe,” said Tam. 

“Let’s all do our part to flatten the curve together and for each other.”

What’s happening elsewhere in Canada

As of 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Canada had 181,840 confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 153,214 of those as recovered or resolved. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 9,612.

Manitoba reported 54 new cases on Sunday. Among those is a Winnipeg police officer, the province said.

Ontario reported 649 new cases on Sunday — 157 new cases in Peel Region, 140 in Toronto, 87 in York Region and 54 in Ottawa, Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a tweet.

In Quebec, health officials confirmed 942 new cases Sunday and three more deaths. As of Saturday, the province had reported more than 1,000 new infections for the eighth time in nine days.

People wear face masks as they shop for pumpkins at a market in Montreal on Sunday. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

Newfoundland and Labrador reported no new cases on Sunday. However, the province’s chief medical officer of health released guidelines for residents travelling to parts of New Brunswick amid reported outbreaks in those areas.

Nova Scotia also reported no new cases on Sunday, and one recovery.

In New Brunswick, a Dalhousie elementary school is reporting a confirmed case of COVID-19, making it the third such case at a school in the province in recent days.

Prince Edward Island reported two new cases on Sunday that involved men who recently travelled within Canada but outside the Atlantic bubble. The two cases are not related, the province’s chief public health office said.

The Northwest Territories announced that travellers and employees will be required to wear a mask while inside the territory’s airport terminal buildings, starting next Tuesday.  

What’s happening around the world

According to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the global total of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at more than 37.2 million. More than one million people have died, while more than 25.9 million have recovered.

In Russia, authorities reported 13,634 cases on Sunday, the highest daily spike since the beginning of the pandemic. Authorities reported more than 10,000 new cases every day this past week, but maintain there are no plans to impose a second lockdown. 

In Asia, Iran has announced its highest single-day death toll from the coronavirus — 251. The government has largely resisted imposing wide-scale lockdowns as the economy teeters from continued U.S. economic sanctions that effectively bar Iran from selling its oil internationally. Iran’s currency plunged to its lowest level ever Sunday.

People wearing face masks are seen in downtown Tehran on Sunday. (Ebrahim Noroozi/The Associated Press)

In the Americas, Brazil’s count of COVID-19 deaths surpassed 150,000 despite signs the pandemic is slowly retreating in Latin America’s largest nation. Over the last month and a half, the viral curve has dropped. The average number of deaths was 598 over the last seven days, the lowest level since the beginning of May.

Africa has seen more than 1.5 million total confirmed cases and more than 38,000 deaths. The majority of the cases on the continent are in South Africa, which accounts for more than 690,000 cases.

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