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


Global cases of the novel coronavirus surpassed 70 million on Friday, according to a tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, Canadian public health officials urged people to dramatically limit their contacts amid rising cases across the country.

Canada is still experiencing high COVID-19 infection rates and the country remains in a “rapid growth” trajectory for cases, Dr. Theresa Tam, the country’s chief public health officer, said as she and other health officials unveiled new modelling data.

“We need to rapidly reduce the strain on hospitals and our public health systems so that our health workers can keep the pandemic under manageable control” while they also implement a complex vaccination campaign, Tam said.

Meanwhile, Ontario announced that two more regions in are moving into lockdown; as of 12:01 a.m. ET on Monday, York Region and Windsor-Essex will join Toronto and Peel Region in lockdown in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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