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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

By The Canadian Press

Published 11:13 PST, Fri February 12, 2021

Last Updated: 3:36 PST, Fri February 12, 2021

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

6:15 p.m.

B.C. is reporting 445 new cases of COVID-19 as the provincial health officer urges residents to avoid travelling during the long weekend.

Dr. Bonnie Henry says the new cases bring B.C.'s total COVID-19 cases to 72,750.

There are 4,347 active COVID-19 cases across the province.

Henry says 10 people, most of whom were seniors in long-term care homes, have died in the past day.

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5:50 p.m.

Alberta health officials are reporting 314 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 new deaths.

They say there are 5,407 active cases in the province.

A total of 371 people are in hospital, with 66 in intensive care.

The province has also reported 171 cases of the more contagious COVID-19 variants.

There are 164 cases of the variant first reported in the United Kingdom and seven of the one first reported in South Africa.

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3 p.m.

The Saskatchewan government says the total number of vaccinations against COVID-19 in the province is 46,788 -- all the vaccine that has been received to date. 

It says it must now review its distribution plans because a shipment of Moderna vaccine the week of Feb. 22 will be less than originally expected.

The province is reporting 195 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths.

Some 1,900 cases are considered active and 182 people are in hospital.

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1:55 p.m.

Manitoba is reporting 81 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths. 

Health officials say they have still found only one case involving a variant of concern — a case reported last week involving a traveller who self-isolated. 

Health officials say that person's household contacts have not tested positive.

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12:30 p.m.

Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting five new cases of COVID-19 today.

Three are in the Edmundston region while the Saint John and Bathurst regions each have one new case.

There have been 22 deaths in the province since the start of the pandemic, and the number of active cases is 156.

Six patients are hospitalized, including two in intensive care.

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11:45 a.m.

Strict new quarantine and testing measures for travellers arriving in Canada will begin Feb. 22.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the new measures are necessary to protect Canadians and help stop the spread of COVID-19, especially new variants.

The government had previously announced incoming travellers will have to pay the cost of a 72-hour hotel stay and a COVID-19 test.
More details of how that will work and who will be covered will come later today.

Trudeau says there will be exceptions for some essential workers but says no one should be travelling for any non-essential reason right now.

Those arriving in Canada are already subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine and many must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of their arrival.

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11:40 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada has purchased an extra four million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna.

He says Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has also confirmed it will deliver on its contract to ship four million doses of its vaccine with BioNTech by the end of March.

Deliveries will then accelerate with 10.8 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine expected from April to June.

Trudeau says Canada is now set to receive 84 million doses from Pfizer and Moderna by the end of September – the only two vaccines approved by Health Canada so far.

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11:15 a.m.

Quebec is reporting 984 new COVID-19 cases and 25 more deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.

Health officials say hospitalizations dropped by 25, to 849, and 137 patients were in intensive care, a drop of six.

The province says it administered 7,927 doses of COVID-19 vaccine Thursday, for a total of 280,612.

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10:45 a.m.

Ontario says there are 1,076 new cases of COVID-19 in the province and 18 more deaths linked to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says that 361 of those new cases are in Toronto, 210 are in Peel Region, and are 122 in York Region. 

The province is also reporting that 1,415 more cases were resolved since Thursday's report.

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10:38 a.m.

Nova Scotia is reporting no new cases of COVID-19, keeping the province's active case count at nine.

One person is currently in intensive care in hospital.

More than 22,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nova Scotia, while nearly 7,500 people have received their second dose as required.

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10:25 a.m.

Canada's chief public health officer says while COVID-19 case numbers are declining across the country, a growing presence of new variants threatens to derail that progress.

Dr. Theresa Tam says at least three provinces are reporting evidence of community spread of the new, more transmissible variants.

There are more than 429 cases of the variant first identified in the U.K., and 28 cases of the variant first identified in South Africa reported across eight provinces, she says.

So far there has only been one report of the variant first found in Brazil.

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