One day after sketching out a plan to allow children to return to day care centers and elementary schools in May, Quebec Premier François Legault is expected to announce the setting for the hard-hit province for a gradual reopening amid the pandemic of coronavirus.
Legault announced Monday a plan that would allow daycare and elementary school children in most parts of Quebec to return to class on May 11 – although attendance is not mandatory. Daycare centers and elementary schools in the Montreal region would open on May 19.
High schools, CEGEPs and universities will reopen in the fall, said Legault, adding that officials believed elementary school children would benefit most from the extra weeks of classes.
“We will analyze the situation every day and adjust if necessary,” he said. “The watchword here is caution. “
“This reopening will be gradual. It will not be mandatory so that the children do not all come back at the same time, ”explained Que. First @francoislegault announces its intention to reopen elementary schools outside the Montreal area on May 11. To find out more: https://t.co/pG5fW6cbJg pic.twitter.com/HZT2ApD19y
The best doctor in the province quickly noticed that relaxing some of the restrictions didn’t mean people had to stop following public health and travel widely.
Tuesday’s announcement is expected to provide details on how the province would handle a wider reopening of the economy. Neighboring New Brunswick, which has had far fewer cases than Quebec, has already relaxed certain restrictions, including the opening of certain outdoor spaces and allowing people to form “bubbles” of two families. Saskatchewan has also released a five-phase reopening plan, with scheduled dates attached to the first two phases.
Ontario plan focuses on how not when
Ontario, which released its plan on Monday, has not attached any dates to its framework.
Premier Doug Ford said the framework is about how the province will reopen – not when.
“We all miss birthdays, religious celebrations and unique milestones in life. These are too real, a painful loss of memories and moments swept away by this deadly virus, “said Ford. “But that’s why we have to keep going. “
A slow, orderly and gradual reopening will help the province avoid another period of closure, said Ford.
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Ford said it wanted to see the economy “start” but could not risk an escalation in cases if the province opened prematurely.
At 6:00 am ET on Tuesday, Canada had 48,500 confirmed and suspected cases of the new coronavirus. The provinces and territories reported that 18,281 cases had been recovered or resolved. A count of COVID-19 deaths at the CBC, based on provincial health data, local public health information and CBC reports, has recorded 2,817 deaths in Canada and two abroad.
A case tracking site operated by the US-based Johns Hopkins University has reported more than three million cases worldwide, with more than 208,000 deaths from coronavirus.
There is no proven treatment or vaccine for the new virus, which first appeared in China in late 2019. Public health officials in Canada and around the world have warned that the figures reported do not provide a complete picture because they do not reflect people who have not been tested or cases that are still under investigation.
Read on to see what’s going on in Canada, the United States and around the world.
Here is an overview of what is happening in the provinces and territories
BC’s top doctor says province is approaching lifting of restrictions set up to respond to COVID-19. Dr. Bonnie Henry said the opening plans would be “made in British Columbia.” and would include measures to break the chain of transmission. “We cannot let hot spots break out and affect our communities. Learn more about what’s going on in British Columbia, including a story about how Haida Gwaii communities are speeding up the enforcement of the visitation ban.
In Alberta, the number of coronavirus cases is below projected levels. The Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said that the actions of Albertans to stay home and stay away were essential to smoothing the curve. Learn more about what’s going on in Alberta.
Saskatchewan reported 12 new cases and one new coronavirus death on Monday. This is the fifth death reported to date in the province. Learn more about what’s going on in Saskatchewan, including a story about reports of large rallies.
Manitoba Bans Personal Care Home Workers to work in more than one house on Friday to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Learn more about what’s going on in Manitoba.
Ontario unveiled its three-stage reopening plan on Monday. The three stages will see businesses and workplaces reopen at different times, although likely with distancing measures in place. Restrictions on public gatherings will also be relaxed, but Premier Doug Ford says big concerts and sporting events are still a long way off. Learn more about Ontario’s reopening plan.
Quebec 84 other deaths from COVID-19 were announced in the province on Monday, bringing the total to 1,599. There have been 875 new cases, for a total of 24,982. Learn more about what’s going on in Quebec, including included a story about the province’s efforts to do more testing.
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New Brunswick chief medical officer of health says masks may become mandatory in certain situations that the province is going ahead with its reopening plan. “It is very important that you get used to wearing masks,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell. Learn more about what’s going on at N.B.
Nova Scotia reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 900. Learn more about what’s going on in N.S.
Camps in Prince Edward Island say it is not yet clear whether the summer season will take place. Find out more about what’s going on in Prince Edward Island
Newfoundland and Labrador did not report any new cases of coronavirus on Monday. Learn more about what’s going on at N.L.
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Government of Nunavut bans rallies more than five people who do not live together. Learn more about what’s going on in the North.
Here is an overview of what is happening in the United States
From The Associated Press and Reuters, updated at 9:00 a.m. ET
In the United States, with the highest death toll in the world, with more than 56,000 dead, President Donald Trump said states should “seriously consider” reopening their public schools before the end of the year university, although dozens of people have already said it wouldn’t be safe for students to come back until summer or fall.
“Some of you might start thinking about school openings, because a lot of people want to have school openings. This is not a big topic, young children have been very successful in this disaster that we have all gone through, “said Trump. .
Trump also admitted that the number of deaths from the virus could reach 70,000 in the United States, after citing 60,000 several times this month.
According to the Johns Hopkins database, the United States was close to a million cases on Tuesday, with more than 972,000 cases reported.
The top US Senate Democrat warned Tuesday that state and local governments will face “massive” layoffs if Congress does not act quickly to provide financial aid to help them deal with the effects of the coronavirus epidemic.
“There are going to be massive layoffs at the national and local levels unless we quickly release their versions of the money,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer told MSNBC.
Here’s a glimpse of what’s going on in the world
From The Associated Press and Reuters, updated at 9:00 a.m. ET
The UN humanitarian chief said on Monday that US $ 90 billion could provide income support, food and a health response to the coronavirus pandemic for 700 million of the world’s most vulnerable people. Mark Lowcock said in a video briefing that most experts agree that the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic has not reached the poorest regions of the world, but could peak in the next three to six months.
He said that around 700 million people – 10% of the world’s population – are the most vulnerable and concentrated in about 30 to 40 countries that are already receiving humanitarian aid and will see sharp drops in income as the virus spreads. and that governments impose restrictive measures and blockages. .
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that it is increasing its supplies of diagnostic tests and protective equipment, with a new focus on Latin America, where COVID-19 is spreading.
Brazil, The most populous country in Latin America with 211 million people, has reported 4,600 deaths and 67,000 confirmed infections. But the real numbers would be much higher given the lack of tests and the many people who did not seek hospital care.
Officials in Rio de Janeiro and at least four other major cities have warned that their hospital systems are on the verge of collapse or are too overwhelmed to accommodate more patients. An increasing number of Brazilian victims also appear to be dying in their homes.
“We have all the conditions here for the pandemic to become much more serious,” said Paulo Brandao, virologist at the University of Sao Paulo.
President Jair Bolsonaro has stressed that COVID-19 is just a “little flu” and there is no need to anticipate the type of restrictions that have slowed the spread of infection in Europe and states -United, but turned their savings upside down. Bolsonaro said Brazilians must resume their lives to avoid an economic crisis, but most state governors have adopted restrictions to keep people at home and slow the spread of the virus.
Argentina, meanwhile, banned the sale of tickets for commercial flights until September.
Spain recorded 301 new deaths from patients infected with the new coronavirus for a total of 23,822, according to official data released Tuesday. The figure was down from the previous day, when 331 new deaths were recorded. There are 210,773 COVID-19 infections in the country that have been confirmed by the most reliable laboratory tests, but the actual number would be much higher, as many patients show no signs of disease or are not tested.
The Spanish cabinet explains on Tuesday how to get people out of their homes to exercise from Friday and further loosen the seven-week lockout, one of the strictest in the world during the coronavirus pandemic.
Number of deaths reported Iran The coronavirus pandemic has increased by 71 in the past 24 hours to 5,877, Ministry of Health spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on Tuesday. The total number of cases diagnosed in Iran, one of the Middle East countries hardest hit by the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 respiratory disease, has reached 92,584, he said.
New Zealand reported only three new infections on Tuesday. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said people have done an incredible job in breaking the chain of communication, but warned that they must remain vigilant.
“There may still be ashes smoldering, and they have the potential to turn back to wildfire, if we give them a chance,” she said, citing a microbiologist.
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His government released its lock, which had closed schools and most businesses. Surfers hit the waves at dawn, builders returned to construction sites, and baristas turned on espresso machines. Most students will continue to study at home, employees should work from home if possible, and everyone is required to maintain physical distance.
In Australia, Authorities reopened Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach to swimmers and surfers on Tuesday, and hundreds of people returned to the water. People can only use the beach during the day, cannot linger and are limited to ensure physical distance. Australia has only 83 confirmed virus deaths, less than in at least half of the states.
Singapore The health ministry said it was not able to test all migrant workers in the dormitories and had first isolated some symptomatic patients, a method that, according to a government health adviser, led to. delay in reporting cases.
The island nation of Southeast Asia, with a population of 5.7 million, has almost 15,000 confirmed coronavirus infections, one of the highest totals in Asia, largely due to epidemics in cramped dormitories with more than 300,000 workers, mainly from South Asia. The ministry confirmed on Tuesday 528 other coronavirus infections, the smallest daily increase in nearly two weeks.
Health authorities of Thailand On Monday, the number of new cases of coronavirus was the lowest in the country in more than six weeks, as the government plans to ease some restrictions to control the spread of the virus. Nine new confirmed cases have been reported, the smallest one-day increase since March 14.
Thailand has confirmed 2,931 cases, including 52 deaths. Officials said a proposal will be submitted to cabinet on Tuesday to ease the restrictions at the suggestion of the state planning agency.