News Update: 21st March 2021

The biggest news regarding Covid-19 in Canada this weekend was the announcement made that the United States would arrange to send 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Canada. The deal was developed between Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and American President Biden, showing a renewed commitment to cooperating against the pandemic.

The news of vaccines is highly welcome. Canada has seen 932,308 cases of Covid as of March 21st, 2021 including 1,791 new cases on the day. Deaths from Covid currently stand at 22,661, with 874,948 recoveries as of the 21st. 

Many areas in Canada are changing their regulations in response to the growing numbers of Covid cases. Ontario has had many regions move into the “red” or “control zone” which limits meeting sizes. In Toronto itself, a lockdown continues, with restaurants only having limited openings on patios. Most businesses remain closed beyond take-out and orders. 

In Quebec, many areas are also under a “level 4 lockdown”. Quebec differs from Ontario in that it has enforced an actual curfew in many regions, preventing anyone from leaving their homes in the evening barring certain exceptions. 

In British Columbia, by contrast, lockdowns have lifted slightly with the weather, with small groups able to congregate, as long as it is at an outdoor location. Social gatherings are still prohibited inside or on patios. In the West, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba have similar plans to ease the lockdown with warmer weather.

Nova Scotia does allow social gatherings inside at the moment. New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador have similar levels of restriction, often greater in urbanized areas. 

The progress of vaccine administration also continues across the country. As of today, 3,903,156 Vaccines have been given out across the country - roughly 5.2% of the Canadian population. Canada is hoping to have 8 million doses of vaccine in the country by the end of March - 9.5 million once the American gift is considered.