The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):
Health officials in B.C. are reporting 115 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths.
The number of active infections ticked up by three to 1,387, including 71 people in hospital.
There are 3,042 people under public health surveillance after exposure to a known case.
An outbreak at the Rideau retirement residence in Burnaby has been declared over, leaving 15 assisted-living or long-term care homes with ongoing outbreaks.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority says it is investigating a community-transmitted COVID-19 outbreak that involves contact tracing more than 100 people across different parts of the province.
The agency says the outbreak appears to be linked to a series of Full Gospel Outreach events in Prince Albert from Sept. 14 to last Sunday.
Dr. Khami Chokani, medical health officer, declared the outbreak today.
The agency says the outbreak involves numerous people with close contacts from multiple areas across Saskatchewan.
The exact number of positive COVID-19 cases linked to the outbreak was not released.
The prime minister is making clear that any COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada will be free for all Canadians through the country's universal health-care system.
Justin Trudeau made the statement in the House of Commons after being questioned by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who said Canadians are worried about whether they will have free and timely access to a vaccine against the novel coronavirus once one becomes available.
But it remains unclear exactly who would receive the vaccines first or how they would be distributed.
The government has indicated the plan is to ensure the most vulnerable and essential workers have ready access.
Trudeau told the Commons Wednesday a committee of experts will counsel the government on how to fairly distribute vaccines to everyone.
Manitoba is marking the deadliest day since the beginning of the pandemic, as the province announced three more people have died due to COVID-19.
One of the deaths is linked to an outbreak at a care home — a woman in her 90s.
The other deaths are a man in his 70s from Winnipeg and a man in his 60s from a communal living community, such as a Hutterite colony.
The province announced 32 new cases of the virus — 22 of which are in the Winnipeg health region.
Public health officials in New Brunswick are reporting 17 new cases of COVID-19 at a special-care home in Moncton.
Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, says that brings the number of cases at Notre-Dame Manor to 19.
She says that number includes 13 residents, four health-care workers and two family members of an affected resident.
The first two cases tested positive after public health started an investigation into the facility Monday night.
Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the country's average daily count of new COVID-19 cases hit 2,052 over the last seven days.
That's up 40 per cent over the previous week and is nearly 10 times the low it reached last July.
Tam says the Public Health Agency of Canada is seeing an upward trend in the number of COVID-19 patients being hospitalized, as well.
In a statement, Tam says the increasing number and variety of COVID-19 tests available in Canada is a good step, but she says testing cannot replace basic health measures like physical distancing and wearing face masks.
Quebec is reporting fewer than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the first time in six days.
Authorities reported 900 new COVID-19 infections today and one death attributed to the novel coronavirus that they said occurred in the past 24 hours.
The province says another four deaths linked to the virus occurred between Sept. 30 and Oct. 5, and says two other deaths occurred at an unknown date, bringing the total to 5,906 since the pandemic began.
Hospitalizations increased by 12 to 409, with 62 people in intensive care, a decrease of five.
Ontario is reporting 583 new cases of COVID-19 today and one additional death due to the virus.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says 173 cases are in Toronto, 121 in Ottawa, 75 in York Region and 70 in Peel Region, with 60 per cent of the new cases in people under the age of 40.
The province says it has a backlog of 55,413 tests and has conducted 43,277 tests since its last daily report.
In total, 195 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 43 in intensive care.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 7, 2020.
The Canadian Press
Note to readers: ADDS Quebec COVID-19 numbers