The world hit a grim coronavirus milestone Saturday with 800,000 confirmed deaths and close to 23 million confirmed cases.
That’s according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.
Officials believe the true numbers are far higher because of a lack of testing and reporting.
In the United States, the country with the most infections, health officials believe there may be 10 times more cases than the confirmed 5.6 million. The U.S. also leads the world in deaths, with more than 175,000.
What’s happening with coronavirus in Canada
As of 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Canada had 124,545 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 110,842 of those as recovered or resolved. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 9,106.
Three of the four Atlantic provinces have no plans to expand beyond the Atlantic bubble.
New Brunswick Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs, who is in the midst of a provincial election, said he has no plans to change the bubble’s parameters.
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“I think certainly starting up with schools, universities, international students coming, it’s important to maintain our restrictions until we see that that’s looked after,” he said. “I don’t see any changes.”
Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island appear to be on the same page, but there’s a prospect of a bubble defection on the Nova Scotia side.
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says if other Atlantic provinces’ health authorities don’t give him the green light, he may still open up his borders to the rest of Canada.
“If public health in other provinces aren’t ready and ours is, then we’ll move forward on it,” he said at a news conference Thursday. “Obviously, it would be ideal if we can all go together, but if that’s not possible, we’ll look at our own epidemiology and potentially go at it alone.”
Here’s what’s happening around the world
In Europe, the Czech Republic has recorded its biggest single-day increase in cases with 506. The previous high was 377 cases registered on March 27. The announcement Saturday comes a day after neighbouring Slovakia also reported a record daily increase of infected people.
Meanwhile, Germany’s disease control centre reported 2,034 new cases, the first time the daily national increase has topped 2,000 since the end of April.
In Asia, South Korea is banning large gatherings, shutting nightspots and churches and removing fans from professional sports nationwide in an attempt to slow a resurgence of the virus.
India recorded nearly 70,000 new infections as the disease spreads across the country’s southern states after plateauing in the capital and the financial centre of Mumbai.
In Africa, South Africa’s confirmed cases have surpassed 600,000, although the number of new cases has been declining since a peak in July.
The World Health Organization says there are more than 1.1 million cases on the African continent, with more than 880,000 recoveries and more than 26,000 deaths.
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In the Americas, the U.S. state of Florida recorded 4,300 new cases and 106 coronavirus deaths on Saturday.
The state is registering an average of 156 coronavirus deaths per day this month, which likely makes COVID-19 the state’s No. 1 killer during that period.
Cancer and heart disease each average about 125 deaths per day, according to the Florida Department of Health.
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