Coronavirus: What’s Occurring in Canada and Across the World on Tuesday?

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Chinese authorities have announced mass tests for the coronavirus in Wuhan when an unusually large series of COVID-19 outbreaks reached the city, where the disease was first discovered in late 2019.

The provincial capital of 11 million people in central China is the newest city to be subjected to city-wide tests. Three cases were confirmed in Wuhan on Monday, the first non-imported cases in more than a year.

China has largely contained COVID-19 at home after the first outbreak that devastated Wuhan and spread around the world. Since then, authorities have curbed and controlled the disease when it shows up with quick bans and mass tests.

The current outbreaks still include hundreds of cases but have spread much further than previous ones. Many of the cases have been identified as the highly contagious Delta variant.

The National Health Commission announced on Tuesday that 90 new cases had been confirmed the day before.

– From The Associated Press, last updated at 7:05 PM ET

What is happening in Canada

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What’s happening all over the world

A visitor files her papers at the front desk to receive a syringe of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo on Monday. (Stanislav Kogiku / The Associated Press)

More than 198.9 million cases of COVID-19 were reported early Tuesday morning, according to the Johns Hopkins University. The reported global death toll was more than 4.2 million.

in the Asia Pacific Region, Japan will focus on the hospitalization of patients who are critically ill with COVID-19 and who are at risk of it, while others isolate themselves at home from worries about a tight medical system as the cases are in increase in the Olympic city of Tokyo.

Pakistan’s top health official says his country has administered a million doses of COVID-19 vaccine across the country for the first time in the past 24 hours. The latest development comes days after Pakistan imposed a lockdown in the southern port city of Karachi and other high-risk areas.

in the America, Detroit’s Big Three automakers and the United Auto Workers union said Tuesday they will reintroduce the wearing of masks in all US plants, offices and warehouses regardless of vaccination status starting Wednesday.

General Motors, Ford and Stellantis NV (the Netherlands-based conglomerate that includes Chrysler and Dodge) said in a joint statement with the union that the change was a response to recent changes by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) With regard to COVID-19, workplace standards are related to the delta variant.

The U.S. states of Florida and Louisiana had the highest hospital admissions numbers in the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, a trend driven by the still-spreading Delta variant.

In Africa, Morocco will extend its nightly curfew as it tightens restrictions to counter a surge in infections.

in the middle East, Iran reported 37,189 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday – a daily high, according to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracker. The country, badly hit by several waves of the novel coronavirus, also recorded 411 additional deaths.

In Europe, France’s overseas territory Guadeloupe will be closed again for at least three weeks.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he wanted to get the travel industry going again with a simple, easy-to-use system to enable foreign travel without importing new virus varieties.

– From The Associated Press, Reuters, and CBC News, last updated at 9:45 am ET

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