Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World on Saturday

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Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will be deployed in Saskatchewan to help fight the province’s fourth wave of COVID-19.

The CAF said on Saturday that up to six intensive care nurses would be deployed to intensive care units across the province and would “provide aero-medical transport” for patient transfers in and out of the city. Saskatchewan.

“We plan to support the province until November 17, but are ready to extend if necessary,” CAF said.

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair said on Twitter on Friday that the federal government has approved “a request for federal assistance to support the people of Saskatchewan” and that “we will soon have more to tell about the situation in Saskatchewan ”.

The province submitted its formal request for federal assistance last Monday, a spokesperson for Public Safety Canada told CBC News on Saturday, adding that work should continue over the weekend to identify the necessary resources.

Earlier this month, eight CAF critical care nurses began working at an Edmonton hospital after the Government of Alberta also asked for help.

Saskatchewan reported 231 new cases and five more deaths on Saturday. Hospitalizations are at 288, and 77 are in intensive care.

Starting early next week, up to three ICU patients per day will be transferred from Saskatchewan to hospitals in Ontario. As of Friday evening, seven have already been transferred.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority said on Friday it could activate the next step in its triage plan, as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to overwhelm the healthcare system.

WATCH | Sask. transfers more intensive care patients out of province amid calls for restrictions:

Sask. transfers more intensive care patients out of province amid calls for restrictions

Saskatchewan has already sent six intensive care patients to Ontario and more transfers are expected this weekend in an attempt to ease the burden on hospitals. But doctors say COVID-19 restrictions are needed as the healthcare system nears collapse. 2:03

Derek Miller, the authority’s chief of emergency operations, said a committee made up of doctors and ethicists is in the process of preparing a formal recommendation to move to the second stage of triage.

The province has been operating under the first stage for several months, which involves canceling surgeries to free up beds and health workers to focus on COVID-19 cases. The second step would involve doctors consulting ethicists to find out who is and is not receiving life-saving care.

“It is absolutely shocking, and there is no other way to describe the direction Saskatchewan is taking,” said Dr. Katharine Smart, president of the Canadian Medical Association, from her home in Whitehorse.


What’s happening across Canada

On Friday, a person had their COVID-19 vaccine information checked outside a Vancouver bar. (Maggie MacPherson / CBC)

  • Alta. authorities seek to dispel the myth that vaccination causes sexual dysfunction.
  • Prince Edward Island launches fund for organizations needing tablets to verify Vax Pass.
  • Need help setting up a vaccination passport? NL Public Libraries have you covered.
  • New rules for indoor gatherings come into effect in the NWT

What is happening in the world

As of Saturday, more than 243.1 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to a case tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The death toll worldwide was over 4.9 million.

In Africa, Congo has received 756,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson single injection vaccine, according to the Africa CDC.

In Europe, the Austrian Chancellor warned that unvaccinated people could face further lockdown restrictions if the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise.

In AsiaSri Lanka has announced plans to offer booster shots to frontline workers and the elderly as the island nation prepares to ease restrictions further.

In the AmericasWhite House Chief Medical Advisor Dr Anthony Fauci said Americans may choose a different COVID-19 booster vaccine from their original inoculation, but the recommendation is to stick with the vaccine that ‘they received first if it is available.



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