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N.B. brings in tighter restrictions as Ontario opens first COVID-19 immunization clinic

FILE - A nurse gets a swab ready to perform a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

As of Monday morning, Canada has recorded more than 708,000 cases of the coronavirus

Saskatchewan leads the country when it comes to active case rate; for every 100,000 people, 351 have COVID-19

Toronto's first mass vaccination site is now open to immunize those designated as next in line for a shot

VANCOUVER – Tighter COVID-19 restrictions have taken effect in parts of New Brunswick after the province recorded its highest daily total of the pandemic.

Movie theatres, barbershops, and hair salons have been forced to close, and restaurants can only operate with takeout and delivery.

In Quebec, high schoolers are returning to classrooms for the first time in a month, joining elementary students who resumed in-person learning last week.

This comes as the province recorded 32 more deaths associated with the coronavirus. Quebec is quickly approaching the 10,000 mark when it comes to total pandemic deaths.

Saskatchewan continues to lead Canada when it comes to the rate of active cases. For every 100,000 people in the province, 351 have the virus. That is roughly three times higher than B.C.’s active case rate.

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In Ontario, Toronto’s first mass vaccination site is now open at the Convention Centre in the city’s downtown core.

The clinic is for those designated by the province as next in line for the vaccine, including frontline health-care workers in the shelter system and public health workers who will then work as COVID-19 immunizers.

The convention centre clinic is scheduled to be open for at least six weeks — seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time.

The city says this clinic will help test the setup in non-hospital settings, providing a playbook that Ontario can use to establish other immunization clinics when the vaccine becomes more widely available to the general public.

Meanwhile, Alberta has paused appointments for people to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Premier Jason Kenney says Alberta will run out of supply for first doses by the end of Monday or early Tuesday.

This come after Pfizer-BioNTech indicated last week that it’s cutting back on promised deliveries of its vaccine over the next four weeks as it works to expand production.

Some appointments in Wild Rose Country have already been rescheduled and no new ones are being accepted for the time being. Second doses have been saved for those with appointments for those shots, Kenney noted.

As of early Monday morning, Canada had recorded 708,619 cases of the coronavirus. Of that total, 75,281 are active, 615,324 are listed as resolved. So far, more than 18,000 people have died because of COVID-19 nationally.

Across the country, provinces are reporting more than 27,000 new vaccinations administered, surpassing 570,700 doses given as of Monday morning. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 1,505.944 per 100,000.