COVID-19 cases in Canada have crossed the million mark

Toronto, Canada, April 4 2021: The third wave of corona virus has hit Canada, resulting in one million coronavirus cases, forcing several provinces to tighten restrictions in recent days.

British Columbia announced 2,000 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, Canada topped one million cases since the start of the pandemic, according to figures reported by Canadian media. Just over 23,000 people have died.

Canada is grappling with a third wave of cases amid the rapid spread of variants, which are more contagious. The two most populous provinces, Ontario and Quebec, headed into the Easter weekend tightening public health measures. Ontario, home to more than a third of Canada’s cases, stepped up restrictions for at least four weeks.

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Non-essential businesses are held to 25 percent capacity, while others can accommodate half capacity. Sports venues and hair salons are closed, though schools remain open and residents have not been ordered to stay home.

The second worst-hit province, Quebec, strengthened restrictions in several regions while maintaining a nighttime curfew imposed in early January that is unprecedented in Canada. Canadian vaccination roll out has been slow.

The inoculation program has been plagued by delays in deliveries of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna doses from Europe. In addition, new age restrictions were imposed on the AstraZeneca jab, over safety concerns.

14.6 percent of the population has received at least one vaccine dose, according to the Covid-19 Tracker Canada website.

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