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Canada Reports New Record Of 1374,051 Cases

As November nears its end, Canada reported a total of 374,051 Covid-19 cases and 12,076 deaths as of Monday afternoon, according to CTV.

Canada has been well into the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and new case numbers grow by thousands each day.

The number of new cases reported daily across the country has increased by more than 2,000 since the beginning of November and is closing in on 6,000 daily, Xinhua reported.

The country is on track to have 4,000 coronavirus patients in hospital by Christmas, a figure that would eclipse the peak of the first wave and put tremendous pressure on a health-care system already pushed to the brink by nine months of battling the pandemic.

A new analysis conducted for The Globe and Mail by researchers at British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University projects that the number of Canadians admitted to hospital for treatment of Covid-19 will continue to grow, with the steepest increases in the West, particularly in Alberta province

If Alberta stays on its current trajectory, the province’s physicians and nurses will be caring for more Covid-19 patients than Ontario, which has three times the population.

There were 435 Covid-19 patients in Alberta hospitals on Sunday.

Over the past week, there has been an average of just over 2,000 Covid-19 patients being treated in Canadian hospitals, 420 of them in critical-care units, according to a Globe and Mail tally of provincial data. Both figures have nearly doubled since the end of October.

The Canadian government announced on Sunday to extend a series of travel restrictions and rules meant to stem the Covid-19 spread into the new year as case counts continue their steady rise across the country.

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Canada suspends arms exports to Turkey

“Canada continues to be concerned by the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh resulting in shelling of communities and civilian casualties said Champagne Reports Asian Lite News

Canada has suspended its arms export permits to Turkey after it was claimed that Ankara was using drone-sensor technology created by an Ontario company in the fight between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

“In line with Canada’s robust export control regime and due to the ongoing hostilities, I have suspended the relevant export permits to Turkey, so as to allow time to further assess the situation. Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said on Monday

“Canada continues to be concerned by the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh resulting in shelling of communities and civilian casualties.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Champagne has also ordered a probe into a claim by Canadian peace research institute Project Ploughshares that it had evidence a Canadian-developed sensor technology was being used in Turkish military drones, CTV News reported.

Ploughshares researcher Kelsey Gallagher told CTV News the decision showed that “Canada’s arms control regime is working how it should”.

“These arms have posed a risk in Turkish hands for some time now and really should have tripped Canada’s risk assessment a long time ago, this is kind of overdue,” he added.

Also in a briefing on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he has asked Champagne to travel to Europe to work with allies on the “developments in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, particularly in Nagorno-Karabakh”.

Canada prime minister Justin Trudeau.

Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory, is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but but mostly governed by the Republic of Artsakh, a de facto independent state with an Armenian ethnic majority.

Armenia and Azerbaijan went to war over the region in 1988-94, eventually declaring a ceasefire. However, a settlement was never reached.

The current fighting is the worst seen since the ceasefire and the two former Soviet republics have been blaming each other.

Earlier this week, Armenia said it stood “ready to engage” with mediators from France, Russia and the US to try to agree a ceasefire.

But Azerbaijan, which is openly backed by Turkey, has demanded the withdrawal of Armenian troops from Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent areas seized by ethnic Armenian troops, the BBC reported.

Since the latest conflict erupted on September 27, Nagorno-Karabakh authorities have confirmed that 201 of their personnel and a number of civilians have died.

Azerbaijan has said that 22 civilians were killed, but did not provide information about military casualties.

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Friends of Canada-India, others hold protest against China

Friends of Canada- India along with seven other organizations have staged a protest against China infront of Chinese Consulate Office in Vancouver demanding the release of two detained Canadians in China. It also protested against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime, raised concerns over China’s new Hong Kong national security law, demanded China to free Hong Kong, Tibet, and the Indian part.

Maninder Gill of Friends of Canada-India said that the law threatens freedom of the press, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Mr Gill strongly condemned China for its irresponsible actions and dictatorship approach. Mr. Maninder Gill, Ashish Manral, Avtar Johal, Paul Braich, Baljinder Cheema, Gurcharan Sarabha, Parmjit Khosla, Dr Hakam Bhullar were leading the protest by raising slogans against China.

More than 500 people participated in the protest.

The organisers said that protesters followed all Covid-19 guidelines issued by the BC Ministry of Health. People were wearing masks and social distancing was maintained, they said.

The protesters were demanding the release of two detained Canadians caught in a diplomatic standoff over Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

The seven other organizations who joined Friend of Canada- India are, Canada Tibet Committee & the Tibetan Community, Friends of Canada India Organization, Vancouver Society of Freedom, Democracy & Human Rights for China, Vancouver Hong Kong Political Activists, Vancouverites concerned about Hong Kong, Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement (VSSDM), Vancouver Uyghur Association.

Mr. Maninder Gill of Friends of Canada- India thanked everyone at the end and said that despite COVID-19, it was a successful event.

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Canada to secure 20mn more Covid 19 vaccine doses

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the country has signed a deal to secure 20 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses.

Addressing the media here, Trudeau said the agreement was signed with AstraZeneca for access to a vaccine prospect now being developed at Oxford University, CBC News reported.

“We’ve been guided by science since the very beginning and right now, both the Covid-19 vaccine task force and the immunity task force are doing important work to help us identify the most promising vaccine options and strategies,” he said.

Canada prime minister Justin Trudeau.

With the new deal, the Trudeau government has secured access to six leading vaccine candidates so far.

However, none of the candidates has been shown to work so far.

Health Canada has said that it will review the evidence on safety, efficacy and manufacturing quality for each vaccine to determine if individual vaccines will be approved for use in the country before they are made available to citizens.

This latest development came days after Trudeau announced that a second coronavirus wave has started in the country amid concerns over a possible national lockdown.

“In our four biggest provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec), the second wave isn’t just starting, it’s already underway. We’re on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring,” Trudeau said a televised address to the nation on September 23.

The country witnessed a sudden spike in the number of coronavirus cases, from about 300 per day in August to a record high of 1,248 on September 22.

Canada has so far reported more than 148 coronavirus cases, with 9,242 deaths.

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