Coronavirus Updates: The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Tuesday, Jan. 19

Coronavirus Updates: The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Tuesday, Jan. 19
Coronavirus Updates: The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Tuesday, Jan. 19

The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times eastern):

2 p.m.

Nova Scotia is reporting four new cases of COVID-19, giving it a total of 22 active cases.

One of the new cases is in the province’s northern zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

The other three cases are in the central zone and are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

One of the cases is a university student who lives off campus and attends classes online.

1:50 p.m.

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting zero new COVID-19 infections today.

The province is dealing with five active reported cases.

One person is recovering in hospital with the disease.

The province has reported a total of 396 infections and four deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.

1:40 p.m.

Manitoba is reporting 111 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths.

With numbers decreasing in recent weeks, the government is proposing to ease several restrictions on business openings and public gatherings by the end of the week.

The possible changes, subject to public consultation, include allowing non-essential stores, hair salons and barbershops to reopen with capacity limits.

Another proposed change would ease the ban on social gatherings inside private homes to allow two visitors at a time.

1:30 p.m.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault is calling on the federal government to ban all non-essential flights to Canada.

Legault says he’s worried that people travelling to vacation destinations will bring new variants of COVID-19 back to the province.

While the premier says it may be difficult to determine which flights are essential, he says it’s clear that flights to sun destinations are non-essential.

12:45 p.m.

Procurement Minister Anita Anand says she has spoken to Pfizer and does not expect any more interruptions to its Canadian deliveries after mid-February.

Anand says Pfizer is contractually obligated to ship four million doses to Canada by the end of March.

Canada expects its shipments from Pfizer to be larger than previously expected from the middle of February until the end of March to make up for smaller shipments over the next month.

12:25 p.m.

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin says Canada will get no doses of vaccine from Pfizer at all next week.

Fortin, the vice-president of operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada, says this week’s shipment is almost one-fifth smaller than expected.

That means only 171,093 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will arrive over the next two weeks, instead of the 417,300 doses previously expected.

Fortin says the deliveries over the first two weeks of February have yet to be confirmed, but Pfizer is still expected to meet its contractual obligation to ship four million doses to Canada by the end of March.

11:20 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says any Canadians who still have international trips planned need to cancel them.

The variants of the novel coronavirus identified in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil could change the situation rapidly and he warns that Canada could impose new restrictions on the border at any time, without warning.

11:15 a.m.

Quebec is reporting a significant drop in new COVID-19 infections today with 1,386 new cases.

The province also reported 55 more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, including 16 that occurred in the prior 24 hours.

Health officials say hospitalizations rose by nine, to 1,500 and 212 people were in intensive care, a drop of five.

Quebec has reported a total of 245,734 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 9,142 deaths linked to the virus.

10:50 a.m.

Prince Edward Island is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Heather Morrison says the new cases involve a woman in her 40s who is a contact of a previously reported case, and a woman in her 20s who recently travelled outside Atlantic Canada.

There are now seven active reported cases in the province.

P.E.I. has reported 110 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

10:35 a.m.

Ontario is reporting 1,913 new cases of COVID-19 today, likely under-reported due to a technical error in Toronto.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says that Toronto is reporting 550 new cases of the novel coronavirus.

Over the past three days, Toronto reported 815 new cases, 1,035 new cases and 903 new cases.

There were 46 more deaths linked to the virus in Ontario.

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