Ontario stay-at-home order extended until ‘at least’ June 2, Ford says

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Manitoba reported its highest ever single day total of new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, while neighbouring Ontario announced an extension of its ongoing stay-at-home order to try to shrink its third wave.

Health officials in Manitoba reported 560 new COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths.

Ontario, meanwhile, announced it would extend a stay-at-home order until June 2.

Premier Doug Ford says it is too soon to lift the order, which was set to expire next Thursday.

WATCH | Ford on stay-at-home extension: 

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the province will not lift a strict stay-at-home order or allow outdoor recreational facilities to be opened until at least June 2. 0:44

The move means thousands of businesses and outdoor recreational facilities will remain closed, despite critics urging the reopening of the latter.

Ford says the stay-at-home order and strict public health measures need to stay in place to ensure the province has the most normal July and August possible.

The province’s top doctor has said he would like to see “well below” 1,000 daily cases before Ontario lifts the stay-at-home order.

A person wearing a mask walks past closed businesses on Spadina Avenue in Toronto on Thursday. Ontario Premier Doug Ford says public health measures are driving down COVID-19 cases, but they need to be maintained a few weeks longer so the province can return to some semblance of normal this summer. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Ontario reported 2,759 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, with 31 more deaths from the virus.

There are 1,632 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 across the province, including 776 in intensive care.

-From The Canadian Press and CBC News, last updated at 2:30 p.m. ET

What’s happening across Canada

Lawrence Cote, 18, gets her Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic in Montreal on Thursday. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

As of 11:10 a.m. ET on Thursday, Canada had reported 1,309,329 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 75,992 considered active. A CBC News tally of deaths stood at 24,802.

In Quebec, health officials reported 781 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths.

Across the North, Nunavut was the first territory to provide updated figures on Thursday, saying there were 12 new cases. Premier Joe Savikataaq said on Twitter that there were 74 active cases in the territory, with all of them in Iqaluit. Health officials in the Northwest Territories and Yukon had not yet provided an update for the day.

In Atlantic Canada, Prince Edward Island on Thursday reported one new case of COVID-19 in a daycare worker, bringing the number of active cases on the island to seven. Newfoundland and Labrador reported seven new cases Thursday, while 16 new COVID-19 cases were reported in New Brunswick, and 110 new cases were reported in Nova Scotia.

Saskatchewan reported 183 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and two additional deaths. Both Saskatchewan and Alberta have paused first doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, citing supply issues.

In Alberta on Wednesday, health officials reported 1,799 new cases of COVID-19 and four more deaths due to the virus. Officials said 737 people were in hospital due to COVID-19, with 169 of them receiving intensive care.

WATCH | Questions about what’s next for AstraZeneca vaccine: 

More provinces limited first doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, raising questions about what happens to the supply still coming in and for people who’ve already received a dose. 3:38

British Columbia, which reported 600 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death on Wednesday, will be holding its remaining stock of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine to use as second doses for residents.

-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 2:30 p.m. ET

What’s happening around the world

People attend Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in Istanbul on Thursday during a lockdown due to COVID-19. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty IMages)

As of early Thursday afternoon, more than 160.5 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to a tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The reported global death toll stood at more than 3.3. million.

In the Americas, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday eased indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places.

The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings such as buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters. But the recommendations will help clear the way for reopening workplaces, schools and other venues.

A health-care worker administers a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to a homeless man in Miami on Thursday. (Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)

The CDC will also no longer recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks outdoors in crowds. The announcement comes as the CDC and the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden have faced pressure to ease restrictions on fully vaccinated people — those who are two weeks past their last required COVID-19 vaccine dose — in part to highlight the benefits of getting the shot.

In the Asia-Pacific region, Sri Lanka’s government has banned travel throughout the country for three days in an effort to contain rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases.

India recorded more than 4,000 deaths for a second straight day on Thursday and extended the interval between doses of AstraZeneca vaccine amid dire shortages.

Workers dig graves at a burial location for victims of COVID-19 in Jakarta on Thursday. (Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)

In Europe, Spain announced an increase in the number of COVID-19 vaccines available. The country’s goal is to vaccinate 33 million people by mid-August.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says Spain will receive 13 million doses from Pfizer next month. That allows authorities to ramp up their vaccination campaign to 2.7 million people a week from 1.7 million.

A man gets the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Severo Ochoa Hospital in Leganes, on the outskirts of Madrid on Thursday. (Bernat Armangue/The Associated Press)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he’s concerned about the rise in the U.K. of the coronavirus variant first identified in India. A closely monitored study of coronavirus infections in England has found the variant is becoming more prevalent ahead of the next big easing of public health restrictions.

In Africa, Kenya’s health ministry on Wednesday said on Twitter that “925,509 persons have so far been vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease countrywide.”

In the Middle East, Iran’s reported COVID-19 case count stood at more than 2.7 million, with more than 75,900 deaths reported.

Egypt received its second shipment of vaccines from the international COVAX initiative on Thursday, with the healht minister saying a shipment of 1.7 million AstraZeneca vaccines had arrived in Cairo.

The new shots arrive as the country encourages citizens to register for its vaccination campaign, expanding it beyond medical and tourism workers to the general population.

-From The Associated Press, Reuters and CBC News, last updated at 3:20 p.m. ET.

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