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Elementary students to continue remote learning

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Elementary students to continue remote learning

Ontario reached a new milestone on Wednesday as the cases surpassed the 200,000 mark, only 47 days after the province recorded 100,000 cases.

Since the first case of COVID-19 on March 11, there have been 10,682 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 393 deaths.

There were 4,856 deaths reported since the pandemic began.

Nova Scotia has 28 active reported cases of COVID-19.

The premier did not say what additional measures the province is considering or when they could be introduced.

Nova Scotia is reporting 12 new cases of COVID-19 today, two of which are connected to universities.

Health officials say a case was identified in the eastern zone involving a student at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish.

Two of the cases were identified in the central zone and involve close contacts of previously reported cases.

There are several sites for COVID-19 testing in Ottawa.

There are 871 people in hospital and 139 of those are in intensive care. "It's impacting our long-term care homes, it's impacting our health care system, and it's impacting our school attendance at this time".

Dr. David Williams said he had recommended the move reluctantly, but it had to be done to ensure schools can stay open once in-person learning resumes. Heather Morrison says the four cases involve people who travelled outside the Atlantic region.

The threes cases were located in Belleville.

One person is in hospital due to the virus.

Ontario said earlier this week that all long-term care residents, workers and essential caregivers in COVID-19 hot spots will be vaccinated by January 21.

The announcement, which came via press release, comes just days after Education Minister Stephen Lecce sent an open letter to parents in which he reassured them that elementary schools would reopen on January 11 as scheduled.

British Columbia's top doctor says ongoing COVID-19 restrictions that were set to expire Friday have been extended to February 5 at midnight.

Dr. Theresa Tam says Canada has detected 11 cases of a novel coronavirus variant first found in the United Kingdom.

That's up from nine cases on Tuesday.

The country's chief public health officer says no cases of any other potentially concerning variants have been found in Canada so far.

The wife of an inmate at Kingston's Joyceville Penitentiary says her husband turned down the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Starting Monday, community-wide vaccination clinics will take place in Arviat, Igloolik, Gjoa Haven and Cambridge Bay.

"We need to empty those freezers and get those doses into people's arms as quickly as possible", Philpot said.

The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 6:30 p.m.

The day before, the province saw 3,128 infections and 51 deaths.

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