Today's coronavirus news: Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Saturday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.7 a.m.: Two monstrous mounds impose over a scraggly line.That’s what it looks like when you compare the first two waves of COVID-19 cases in the United States with those in Canada on a graph.In the U.S., the mounds represented cases that raged out of control for 10 months — overwhelming hospitals and killing more than 500,000 Americans — until vaccination ramped up this winter and appeared to slow transmission.In Canada, the more moderate peaks and crevices represented a year of consistent illness and death that occurred at a comparatively low rate and was, to varying degrees of effectiveness, contained by public health responses. Then vaccination lagged, and the variants arrived.No one has yet written the history of this pandemic. But trends seen over the past month in COVID’s third wave may be changing the narrative. In the third wave, it’s Canada that’s looking to the U.S. and its quick vaccination rollout, as the model.Click here for more of this story from Alex McKeen. 6:01 a.m.: China and Russia have been using their locally produced COVID-19 vaccines to grow their international soft power by giving doses to desperate countries in order to have more political influence over them, experts say.Benjamin Gedan, deputy director of the Latin America program at the Wilson Center in Washington, called the practice "vaccine diplomacy," noting that it happens when countries seek to grow their international prestige by distributing vaccines to nations that need them.He said authoritarian governments, including those in China and Russia, have taken the lead in vaccine diplomacy in the last months."It's never encouraging to see the world's largest dictatorships taking most advantage of this diplomatic opportunity," Gedan said.The China National Pharmaceutical Group Corp., Sinopharm, is producing two COVID-19 vaccines while Sinovac, a Beijing-based biopharmaceutical company, is making a third one.4:43 a.m.: The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India and France.The number of lives lost, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the population of Kyiv, Ukraine; Caracas, Venezuela; or metropolitan Lisbon, Portugal. It is bigger than Chicago (2.7 million) and equivalent to Philadelphia and Dallas combined.And the true number is believed to be significantly higher because of possible government concealment and the many cases overlooked in the early stages of the outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019.When the world back in January passed the bleak threshold of 2 million deaths, immunization drives had just started in Europe and the United States. Today, they are underway in more than 190 countries, though progress in bringing the virus under control varies widely.While the campaigns in the U.S. and Britain have hit their stride and people and businesses there are beginning to contemplate life after the pandemic, other places, mostly poorer countries but some rich ones as well, are lagging behind in putting shots in arms and have imposed new lockdowns and other restrictions as virus cases soar.Worldwide, deaths are on the rise again, running at around 12,000 per day on average, and new cases are climbing too, eclipsing 700,000 a day.4:02 a.m.: Public health experts are raising their eyebrows at Ontario's decision to restrict outdoor gatherings, saying the latest evidence suggests the measures won't do much to cut down on COVID-19 transmission.Premier Doug Ford announced Friday that only members of the same household would be able to congregate outdoors as part of a suite of measures meant to bolster the province's losing battle against the coronavirus pandemic.Police have been granted sweeping new powers to enforce the rules.They'll be able to stop cars or pedestrians at random to check on their reason for being out and request their home address.Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious disease physician with St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, says limiting outdoor gatherings could "shoot (the government) in the foot."He says it could push people who would otherwise gather outdoors to congregate inside, where they won't be so easily detected by police.4:01 a.m.: The surging COVID-19 caseload has Ontario "on its heels," prompting the urgent need for tougher measures to regain control of the deteriorating situation.And with that dire warning Premier Doug Ford announced a raft of new restrictions Friday that went into effect first thing Saturday morning.The province's stay-at-home order is being extended an extra two weeks, outdoor gatherings are now restricted to members of the same household — though people who live alone can join another household — and all recreational facilities suc

Today's coronavirus news: Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Saturday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

7 a.m.: Two monstrous mounds impose over a scraggly line.

That’s what it looks like when you compare the first two waves of COVID-19 cases in the United States with those in Canada on a graph.

In the U.S., the mounds represented cases that raged out of control for 10 months — overwhelming hospitals and killing more than 500,000 Americans — until vaccination ramped up this winter and appeared to slow transmission.

In Canada, the more moderate peaks and crevices represented a year of consistent illness and death that occurred at a comparatively low rate and was, to varying degrees of effectiveness, contained by public health responses. Then vaccination lagged, and the variants arrived.

No one has yet written the history of this pandemic. But trends seen over the past month in COVID’s third wave may be changing the narrative. In the third wave, it’s Canada that’s looking to the U.S. and its quick vaccination rollout, as the model.

Click here for more of this story from Alex McKeen.

6:01 a.m.: China and Russia have been using their locally produced COVID-19 vaccines to grow their international soft power by giving doses to desperate countries in order to have more political influence over them, experts say.

Benjamin Gedan, deputy director of the Latin America program at the Wilson Center in Washington, called the practice "vaccine diplomacy," noting that it happens when countries seek to grow their international prestige by distributing vaccines to nations that need them.

He said authoritarian governments, including those in China and Russia, have taken the lead in vaccine diplomacy in the last months.

"It's never encouraging to see the world's largest dictatorships taking most advantage of this diplomatic opportunity," Gedan said.

The China National Pharmaceutical Group Corp., Sinopharm, is producing two COVID-19 vaccines while Sinovac, a Beijing-based biopharmaceutical company, is making a third one.

4:43 a.m.: The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India and France.

The number of lives lost, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the population of Kyiv, Ukraine; Caracas, Venezuela; or metropolitan Lisbon, Portugal. It is bigger than Chicago (2.7 million) and equivalent to Philadelphia and Dallas combined.

And the true number is believed to be significantly higher because of possible government concealment and the many cases overlooked in the early stages of the outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019.

When the world back in January passed the bleak threshold of 2 million deaths, immunization drives had just started in Europe and the United States. Today, they are underway in more than 190 countries, though progress in bringing the virus under control varies widely.

While the campaigns in the U.S. and Britain have hit their stride and people and businesses there are beginning to contemplate life after the pandemic, other places, mostly poorer countries but some rich ones as well, are lagging behind in putting shots in arms and have imposed new lockdowns and other restrictions as virus cases soar.

Worldwide, deaths are on the rise again, running at around 12,000 per day on average, and new cases are climbing too, eclipsing 700,000 a day.

4:02 a.m.: Public health experts are raising their eyebrows at Ontario's decision to restrict outdoor gatherings, saying the latest evidence suggests the measures won't do much to cut down on COVID-19 transmission.

Premier Doug Ford announced Friday that only members of the same household would be able to congregate outdoors as part of a suite of measures meant to bolster the province's losing battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

Police have been granted sweeping new powers to enforce the rules.

They'll be able to stop cars or pedestrians at random to check on their reason for being out and request their home address.

Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious disease physician with St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, says limiting outdoor gatherings could "shoot (the government) in the foot."

He says it could push people who would otherwise gather outdoors to congregate inside, where they won't be so easily detected by police.

4:01 a.m.: The surging COVID-19 caseload has Ontario "on its heels," prompting the urgent need for tougher measures to regain control of the deteriorating situation.

And with that dire warning Premier Doug Ford announced a raft of new restrictions Friday that went into effect first thing Saturday morning.

The province's stay-at-home order is being extended an extra two weeks, outdoor gatherings are now restricted to members of the same household — though people who live alone can join another household — and all recreational facilities such as sports fields, playgrounds and golf courses are now closed.

Essential retailers must lower capacity limits to 25 per cent, indoor religious services are limited to 10 people, and non-essential construction has to shut down.

4 a.m.: As COVID-19 vaccine supplies ramp up across the country, most provinces and territories have released details of who can expect to receive a shot in the coming weeks.

The military commander handling logistics for Canada’s vaccine distribution program says there will be enough vaccine delivered to give a first dose before Canada Day to every adult who wants one.

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin says that’s if provinces follow the advice to delay second doses up to four months.

He also cautions that it is dependent on having no production delays again.

Health Canada anticipates a total of 36.5 million doses from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India by June 30.

4 a.m.: The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

There are 1,106,062 confirmed cases in Canada.

_ Canada: 1,106,062 confirmed cases (85,319 active, 997,202 resolved, 23,541 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers.

There were 9,338 new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 224.49 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 60,785 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,684.

There were 41 new reported deaths Friday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 292 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 42. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.11 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 61.94 per 100,000 people.

There have been 29,651,887 tests completed.

_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,039 confirmed cases (22 active, 1,011 resolved, six deaths).

There were three new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 4.21 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 14 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is two.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 1.15 per 100,000 people.

There have been 231,971 tests completed.

_ Prince Edward Island: 167 confirmed cases (seven active, 160 resolved, zero deaths).

There were zero new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 4.39 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of five new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is one.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.

There have been 133,471 tests completed.

_ Nova Scotia: 1,792 confirmed cases (42 active, 1,683 resolved, 67 deaths).

There were six new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 4.29 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 36 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is five.

There was one new reported death Friday. Over the past seven days there has been one new reported death. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.01 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 6.84 per 100,000 people.

There have been 459,894 tests completed.

_ New Brunswick: 1,767 confirmed cases (142 active, 1,592 resolved, 33 deaths).

There were nine new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 18.17 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 73 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 10.

There were zero new reported deaths Friday. Over the past seven days there has been one new reported death. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.02 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 4.22 per 100,000 people.

There have been 280,991 tests completed.

_ Quebec: 334,071 confirmed cases (13,941 active, 309,345 resolved, 10,785 deaths).

There were 1,527 new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 162.59 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 10,977 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,568.

There were seven new reported deaths Friday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 61 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is nine. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.1 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 125.78 per 100,000 people.

There have been 7,728,700 tests completed.

_ Ontario: 408,383 confirmed cases (39,977 active, 360,742 resolved, 7,664 deaths).

There were 4,812 new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 271.32 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 30,044 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 4,292.

There were 25 new reported deaths Friday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 152 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 22. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.15 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 52.02 per 100,000 people.

There have been 13,207,091 tests completed.

_ Manitoba: 35,815 confirmed cases (1,551 active, 33,309 resolved, 955 deaths).

There were 127 new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 112.45 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 846 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 121.

There were zero new reported deaths Friday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of six new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.06 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 69.24 per 100,000 people.

There have been 623,337 tests completed.

_ Saskatchewan: 37,615 confirmed cases (2,603 active, 34,550 resolved, 462 deaths).

There were 221 new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 220.84 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,868 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 267.

There were two new reported deaths Friday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of nine new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.11 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 39.2 per 100,000 people.

There have been 716,328 tests completed.

_ Alberta: 167,793 confirmed cases (16,759 active, 149,000 resolved, 2,034 deaths).

There were 1,616 new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 379 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 9,367 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,338.

There were zero new reported deaths Friday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 27 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is four. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.09 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 46 per 100,000 people.

There have been 3,896,301 tests completed.

_ British Columbia: 117,080 confirmed cases (10,259 active, 105,291 resolved, 1,530 deaths).

There were 1,005 new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 199.29 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 7,540 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,077.

There were six new reported deaths Friday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 35 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is five. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.1 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 29.72 per 100,000 people.

There have been 2,338,045 tests completed.

_ Yukon: 76 confirmed cases (two active, 73 resolved, one death).

There were zero new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 4.76 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of two new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 2.38 per 100,000 people.

There have been 8,729 tests completed.

_ Northwest Territories: 43 confirmed cases (one active, 42 resolved, zero deaths).

There were zero new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 2.21 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of zero new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.

There have been 16,863 tests completed.

_ Nunavut: 408 confirmed cases (13 active, 391 resolved, four deaths).

There were 12 new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 33.03 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 13 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is two.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 10.16 per 100,000 people.

There have been 10,090 tests completed.

4 a.m.: The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 320,425 new vaccinations administered for a total of 9,525,732 doses given. Nationwide, 892,838 people or 2.4 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 25,134.337 per 100,000.

There were 13,828 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 12,662,910 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 75.23 per cent of their available vaccine supply.

Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the territories typically do not report on a daily basis.

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 19,830 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 125,482 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 239.638 per 1,000. In the province, 1.85 per cent (9,674) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 169,140 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 32 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 74.19 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

P.E.I. is reporting 8,567 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 39,504 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 249.034 per 1,000. In the province, 5.88 per cent (9,325) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 53,545 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 34 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 73.78 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nova Scotia is reporting 56,444 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 194,792 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 199.603 per 1,000. In the province, 3.31 per cent (32,255) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 316,500 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 32 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 61.55 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

New Brunswick is reporting 39,666 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 182,524 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 233.993 per 1,000. In the province, 2.20 per cent (17,160) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 255,205 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 71.52 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Quebec is reporting 77,850 new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,223,775 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 259.889 per 1,000. There were 2,328 new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 2,836,485 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 78.4 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Ontario is reporting 115,634 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,644,038 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 248.078 per 1,000. In the province, 2.33 per cent (341,933) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 4,852,885 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 75.09 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Manitoba is reporting 9,254 new vaccinations administered for a total of 317,830 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 230.813 per 1,000. In the province, 5.03 per cent (69,307) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 479,010 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 35 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 66.35 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Saskatchewan is reporting 8,168 new vaccinations administered for a total of 323,573 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 274.411 per 1,000. In the province, 3.61 per cent (42,523) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 396,475 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 34 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 81.61 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Alberta is reporting 38,821 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,082,391 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 245.884 per 1,000. In the province, 4.81 per cent (211,667) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 1,449,695 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 74.66 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

British Columbia is reporting 46,228 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,282,091 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 249.844 per 1,000. In the province, 1.71 per cent (87,970) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 11,500 new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 1,696,370 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 75.58 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Yukon is reporting 618 new vaccinations administered for a total of 44,046 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,055.474 per 1,000. In the territory, 45.83 per cent (19,125) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 59,500 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 140 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 74.03 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 41,217 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 913.518 per 1,000. In the territory, 36.51 per cent (16,471) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 56,300 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 120 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 73.21 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nunavut is reporting 404 new vaccinations administered for a total of 24,469 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 631.849 per 1,000. In the territory, 26.94 per cent (10,434) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 41,800 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 110 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 58.54 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

*Notes on data: The figures are compiled by the COVID-19 Open Data Working Group based on the latest publicly available data and are subject to change. Note that some provinces report weekly, while others report same-day or figures from the previous day. Vaccine doses administered is not equivalent to the number of people inoculated as the approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 18 and those with certain health conditions. In some cases the number of doses administered may appear to exceed the number of doses distributed as some provinces have been drawing extra doses per vial.

1 a.m.: The surging COVID-19 caseload has Ontario “on its heels,” prompting the urgent need for tougher measures to regain control of the deteriorating situation.

And with that dire warning Premier Doug Ford announced a raft of new restrictions Friday that went into effect first thing Saturday morning.

The province’s stay-at-home order is being extended an extra two weeks, outdoor gatherings are now restricted to members of the same household — though people who live alone can join another household — and all recreational facilities such as sports fields, playgrounds and golf courses are now closed.

Friday 9:30 p.m.: Doctors say the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine should be offered to Canadians in a wider age range as COVID-19 infections soar in many parts of the country.

Provinces limited eligibility for that vaccine to those 55 and older after a small number of cases of an unusual and serious blood-clotting condition appeared in younger people — mostly women — who had received a shot.

The odds of someone getting the syndrome — dubbed vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia — has been estimated at between one in 100,000 and one in 250,000.

By comparison, about one in four people hospitalized with COVID-19 will experience a blood clot, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw noted this week.

Friday 5:43 p.m.: All hands are on deck at one Toronto vaccination clinic where surgeons and students alike are working together to inoculate as many people as possible in an effort to contain a tidal wave of new COVID-19 infections.

Sixty-odd nursing students have been doing a work placement at the Downsview Arena clinic, run by Humber River Hospital, helping to guide clients through the vaccination process, said 27-year-old Jessica Su, who’s in her fourth year of nursing school.

“I honestly feel like it’s a privilege to be able to help out in the front line and be a part of this moment,” she said.

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