The latest news on COVID-19 in Canada

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The latest COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):

8:04 p.m.

The federal government says air travellers arriving in the country will soon have to submit their quarantine plans and contact information online before boarding their flights.

The information, as well as a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment, must be entered on ArriveCan, and travellers must be ready to show their receipt to a border officer.

Failure to do so could result in a $1,000 fine, although the government says there are some exceptions, such as for disability or inadequate infrastructure.

The new rule takes effect Nov. 21.

Also on that date, anyone who has arrived in Canada by air, land or sea will have to confirm within 48 hours that they've arrived at their quarantine destination, and must complete a daily symptom self-assessment.

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6:30 p.m.

COVID-19 case counts keep rising in British Columbia with 1,120 cases over the last three days.

Deputy provincial health officer Dr. Reka Gustafson says six people have died over the same period, for a total of 269 deaths.

Gustafson says 830 of the new cases were diagnosed in the Fraser Health region, an area where COVID-19 has been spreading quickly, prompting new limits last week on visitors to homes.

There has been a total of 15,501 cases of COVID-19 in B.C.

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2:15 p.m.

Public health officials announced five more deaths from COVID-19 and 241 new infections in Manitoba as the capital city was put under strict conditions.

Most of the deaths were women between the ages of 60 and 100 and were linked to outbreaks in care homes.

A woman in her 50s from Winnipeg also died.

There are 124 people in hospital, 18 of whom are in intensive care.

Winnipeg moved to code red on the pandemic response scale Monday, which requires restaurants and bars close and restrictions on sizes of groups.

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12:55 p.m.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the Canadian Armed Forces does not have any troops in long-term care facilities, but that it is "poised" to respond if asked to provide such support during the second wave of COVID-19.

Hundreds of military personnel were deployed earlier this year into dozens of long-term care facilities in Ontario and Quebec that were overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases.

Fifty-five service members ended up contracting the illness while working in such institutions, where troops found many residents living in sub-par and in some cases horrific conditions.

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12:50 p.m.

Manitoba’s premier says he is considering implementing a curfew to stop the spread of COVID-19 after a deadly weekend that saw hundreds of new infections.

Brian Pallister says there have been reports of large parties being promoted online in Winnipeg despite the capital city moving into the red zone on the pandemic response scale.

The province will be also implementing more enforcement efforts to target such large gatherings and Pallister asked Manitobans to cut their personal contacts by 75 per cent for at least November.

On Saturday, Manitoba reported it had 349 new positive tests, and had more than 300 new cases yesterday, the majority of which were in the Winnipeg health region.

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12:15 p.m.

Nova Scotia is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 and now has 15 active cases.

The new cases are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.

Health officials say one person is in the northern health zone and was self-isolating as required, while the other case is in the central zone and is connected to two other cases that are still under investigation.

The province has had a total of 1,113 positive cases of novel coronavirus — 1,033 are considered recovered and there have been 65 deaths.

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11:10 a.m.

Quebec is reporting 1,037 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus.

Health officials said today one of the newly reported deaths took place in the past 24 hours.

Hospitalizations increased by three compared with the prior day, to 499, and 81 people were in intensive care, a drop of three.

Quebec has reported a total of 108,018 COVID-19 infections and 6,283 deaths linked to the virus.

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10:45 a.m.

Ontario is reporting 948 new cases of COVID-19 today, and seven new deaths due to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 315 cases are in Toronto, 269 in Peel Region, 81 in York Region and 64 in Ottawa.

The province says it has conducted 27,908 tests since the last daily report.

In total, 328 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 75 in intensive care.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 2, 2020.

The Canadian Press