Canada’s chief public health officer says provinces and territories may take different approaches as the COVID-19 epidemic unfolds and governments plan to reopen – but Dr. Theresa Tam said that actions by Canadians across the country to slow the spread of the new coronavirus have prevented an explosion of cases.
At 6 a.m.ET Wednesday, Canada had 38,422 confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus. Provinces and territories that provide public data on recovered cases have listed 13,201 cases as recovered or resolved. A CBC News count of coronvirus deaths based on provincial and local health data, as well as CBC reports, has recorded 1,910 deaths in Canada. Two deaths of Canadians abroad related to COVID-19 have also been reported.
Tam said Tuesday that health officials across the country are watching the “steady and steady slowdown of the epidemic” closely as they plan for the future.
“But we are still far and the road remains uncertain,” said Tam, adding that she knew that the questions about recovery and what was to come were on everyone’s mind. Although there are many unknowns on the path, Tam said the actions taken by Canadians in recent weeks have been essential in slowing the spread of the virus.
“There is no doubt that our daily sacrifices and inconveniences over the past few weeks have prevented an explosive outbreak in Canada like those that have overwhelmed health care systems in places like Italy, Spain and New York. “
The virus, which was first identified in China in late 2019, causes a disease called COVID-19. There is no proven treatment or vaccine for the virus, although researchers around the world are looking for potential treatments.
Strict public health measures to fight the virus have put enormous financial pressure on families and businesses, as well as on governments charged with overseeing the response and helping those who have lost income.
The federal government and the provinces have launched a series of initiatives to support families and businesses, but critics say funding has been both too tight and too slow.
While some provinces are seeing positive signs in efforts to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus, messages about what comes next remain cautious from provincial and federal leaders and health officials.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Alberta, said in her daily update on Tuesday that “the temptation we must resist is to think that because we have not yet seen the spread that our model predicted, it means the problem is gone that is not true. ”
At the federal briefing, Tam said public health measures, including physical removal and staying at home, are still of vital importance. There are “hard truths” that have not changed, said Tam, stressing the need to “plan, pace yourself and not take sharp turns”.
The chief public health officer went on to note that there were still many unknowns around COVID-19 and “no 100% proven route” as the country progressed.
Tam said the next phase will require careful and careful navigation and will vary depending on the local context. One constant, she said, is the need to continue protecting the most vulnerable. Long-term care homes, many of which face staffing challenges, are of particular concern.
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
British Columbia health officials say 28 workers at chicken processing plant in Vancouver tested positive for COVID-19. Find out more about what’s going on in British Columbia
Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health says that while the province is seeing positive signs around COVID-19, people must remember that the virus “is still with us, and we must continue to take it very seriously, even as we begin to think about reopening”. Learn more about what’s going on in Alberta.
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Premier of Saskatchewan Scott Moe is expected to address the people of the province live Wednesday evening, one day before the date scheduled for the authorities to publish a plan to reopen the province. Learn more about what’s going on in Saskatchewan.
A Manitoba couple urges people to stay home and take COVID-19 seriously after recovering from the virus. “It escalated very quickly,” said Kristie Walker, who tested positive after returning from the United States. “It felt like you were in a car accident. Everything was painful. Absolutely everything. Learn more about what’s going on in Manitoba.
Another Ontario long-term care home has reported deaths from COVID-19. The Hawthorne Place Care Center, in northwest Toronto, said Tuesday that five resident deaths have been attributed to COVID-19. Learn more about what’s happening in Ontario.
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Premier of Quebec, François Legault, said provincial government is working on plan to reopen daycares and schools in the weeks and months to come, although he warned “we still need time to be sure the pandemic is under control.” Learn more about what’s going on in Quebec, including details on a recent outbreak in a Montreal hospital.
New Brunswick has launched a web portal where people can access the results of their COVID-19 test. Learn more about what’s going on in New Brunswick, including details on what the province plans to reopen.
A large shipment of protective gear – including masks and gowns – arrived in Nova Scotia. Learn more about what’s going on in Nova Scotia.
Prince Edward Island premier and senior health official says he hopes to lift some of the restrictions set up to deal with COVID-19 in early May. “This will involve a consultation process and a risk assessment with industry, government departments, businesses and communities,” said Dr. Heather Morrison, chief of public health. Learn more about what’s going on on P.E.I.
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Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Dwight Ball says there is no plan for significant cost reduction initiatives in the midst of a double blow to provincial revenues from the drop in oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more about what’s going on at N.L.
Northwest Territories provides $ 1.6 million in low-interest loans to companies affected by COVID-19 and the rules in place to slow it down. 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, updated at 6:30 a.m.ET
The United States has by far the largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the world with 825,000, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University. The database estimates the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the United States at over 45,000.
A nearly $ 500 billion coronavirus aid package crossed the Senate Tuesday after Congress and the White House reached an agreement to replenish a payroll fund for small businesses and provide new funds for hospitals and to the tests. It is now going to the House.
The move was swift and unanimous, despite opposition from conservative Republicans, and President Donald Trump tweeted his support, pledging to sign it.
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Meanwhile, California health officials said two people died of the virus in the state a few weeks before the first reported death in the United States due to the disease.
Santa Clara County officials said on Tuesday that the people died at home on February 6 and February 17. The first reported death in the country from the virus occurred on February 29 in Kirkland, Washington.
The coroner-medical coroner received confirmation on Tuesday that the tissue samples sent to US centers for disease control and prevention were positive for the virus, officials said.
The announcement came after California governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday promised an “in-depth” update to the state’s ability to test the coronavirus and track and isolate people with it. It is one of six indicators that he believes are essential to lifting a “stay at home” order that has slowed the spread of the disease while forcing millions of people to claim unemployment benefits.
“This will go to the obvious questions and questions that we all ask ourselves: when? … When do you see a bit of loosening in the valve so that we can release that pressure a little bit, ”said Newsom Tuesday.
Here’s what’s going on in the world
From the Associated Press and Reuters, updated at 8:15 a.m.ET
Spain aims to end its coronavirus lockout in the second half of May, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Wednesday, though restrictions could return if the epidemic worsens again in one of the most affected nations.
With the second highest number of infections in the world, over 200,000, and the second highest number of deaths in Europe, 21,282, Spain has imposed one of the most severe bans, including a controversial ban on children to leave their home even for walks.
He has taken some temporary easing measures, including allowing some workers to return last week and allowing the children to go out starting next weekend, but most of the restrictions remain in place.
A total of 69 people who worked for Britain The National Health Service has died from COVID-19, while the number of workers in nursing homes for the elderly who died from the disease is unknown, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said on Wednesday.
Singapore coronavirus infections have exceeded 10,000 after reporting 1,016 new cases on Wednesday. The small city-state count stood at 10,141, maintaining its position as the most affected nation in Southeast Asia. He scored a third consecutive day of new cases above 1,000, but his death toll remained at 11.
The health ministry said the vast majority of new cases are again linked to foreign workers’ dormitories, which have been locked and where virus testing has been stepped up to limit transmission.
China On Wednesday, he again reported no new deaths from the coronavirus, but recorded another 30 cases, including 23 from abroad. Among the domestic cases, the seven were reported in Heilongjiang province, near the Russian border, where a field hospital was created to deal with a new outbreak linked to returnees from abroad.
Just over 1,000 people are hospitalized for treatment, while about the same number are under isolation and monitoring as suspected cases or after a positive test but showing no symptoms. China has reported a total of 4,632 deaths among 82,788 cases, most of them in Wuhan, where authorities have recently increased the death toll by 50% after examining the files.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for support for an international investigation into the coronavirus pandemic in telephone calls with US President Donald Trump and German and French leaders overnight.
The total number of coronavirus deaths in Bangladesh reached 120, while the total number of infections rose to 3,772 with 390 other positive cases on Wednesday, an official said. Nasima Sultana, Additional Director General, Health Services Branch, said 10 more people, including seven men and three women, have died in the past 24 hours as there was growing concern that the trend the increase will only continue over the next few weeks due to community transmission. occurred across the country.
Reports indicate that many positive cases are asymptomatic, posing a serious threat to the community. A national lockdown is in place until Saturday to help contain the spread of the virus.
The number of deaths reported following the appearance of the new coronavirus in Iran has risen 94 in the past 24 hours to 5,391, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said in a statement on public television on Wednesday. The Islamic Republic has 85,996 cases diagnosed, said Jahanpur.
South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a bailout of 500 billion rand, or 10% of the GDP of the most industrialized country in Africa, to try to cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic.