The latest on COVID-19 developments in Canada on Jan. 5, 2021


OTTAWA — The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times eastern):

11:45 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s unhappy to see vaccines against COVID-19 sitting in freezers instead of being administered to patients.

He says he’ll take it up with provincial premiers in a regular conference with them on Thursday.

COVID-19 does disproportionate harm to older people and those with other illnesses and Trudeau says it’s urgent to give inoculations to as many of them as possible, as quickly as possible.

11:30 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians who have travelled abroad should not expect to collect a benefit for people who have to isolate themselves.

He says the program is for workers who have to quarantine because they are sick or have had close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

Trudeau says the point was never to subsidize vacations and he’s frustrated and angry that non-essential travellers might have claimed the benefit.

The government will revise the rules to make it clear they’re not eligible but Trudeau hasn’t said when that will be done.

11:10 a.m.

Quebec is reporting 2,508 new cases of COVID-19 today and 62 more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus.

Health officials say hospitalizations rose by 23, to 1,317, and 194 people were in intensive care, a rise of six.

The province says 2,529 doses of vaccine were administered yesterday, for a total of 32,763.

Quebec has reported 215,358 cases of COVID-19 and 8,441 deaths linked to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic.

11 a.m.

Prince Edward Island is reporting one new case of COVID-19.

Health officials said today the new case involves a female below the age of 19 who had travelled outside the province.

The province has four active reported cases of COVID-19.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Heather Morrison says that although some restrictions will be lifted on the Island tomorrow, the province will not re-enter the Atlantic bubble until at least Jan. 25.

10:45 a.m.

Ontario is reporting 3,128 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 51 new deaths due to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 778 new cases in Toronto, 614 in Peel Region, 213 in York Region, 172 in Durham, 151 in London-Middlesex and 151 in Hamilton.

The province says it has conducted 35,152 tests since the last daily report.

Ontario has administered 7,607 doses of vaccines since its last daily update, with 50,030 shots given in total.