Premier of Quebec says all residents and staff in long-term care facilities will be tested for COVID-19 as hard-hit province attempts to slow spread of coronavirus, causing fatal epidemics in several nursing homes across the country.
As countries introduce strict measures to slow the spread, there has also been an economic cost. In Canada, more than a million people lost their jobs in March, pushing the country’s unemployment rate up to 7.8%.
Public health officials have noted that while anyone can get COVID-19, older adults are at higher risk of serious illness or death if they get the new coronavirus, officially known as SARS CoV-2. The virus, which was first reported in China but has since spread worldwide, causes a disease called COVID-19, for which there is no proven vaccine or cure.
Premier of Quebec François Legault said on Thursday that the province will also work to recruit more qualified staff into long-term care facilities. Health Minister Danielle McCann said the additional staff support will go first to homes that have experienced outbreaks, but the goal is to eventually deploy additional workers to all homes. Other doctors will also be deployed to help, said McCann.
“We want to protect those who built the Quebec we have today,” said the Minister of Health.
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A long-term care home in Almonte, west of Ottawa, has reported eight deaths related to COVID-19, according to a letter to families. Two other residents of Almonte Country Haven, which houses 82 people, died for unspecified reasons. The epidemic in eastern Ontario follows a fatal epidemic at a long-term care facility in Bobcaygeon, Ontario, and another facility in Scarborough, east Toronto.
Premier Ontario Doug Ford, who has called for more testing in Ontario, said he wants to see tests on front-line health workers – including long-term care staff – as well as tests on older adults living in nursing homes.
“We have to start testing everyone possible,” Ford said Wednesday as the province faced questions about the testing gap.
How to protect the elderly and vulnerable is a problem around the world as the number of cases increases. According to a database maintained by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, there are nearly 1.5 million known cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with nearly 90,000 deaths. The actual numbers are almost certainly much higher due to limited testing, different rules for counting the dead and concealment by some governments.
Japan reported more than 500 new cases for the first time on Thursday, a disturbing increase as it has the oldest population in the world and COVID-19 can be particularly serious in the elderly. The hardest hit Italy, which has recorded more than 17,000 deaths, has the oldest population in Europe.
In Belgium, the authorities of the French-speaking Walloon Region have requested the support of the armed forces to deal with the worrying situation of nursing homes where several hundred people have died because of COVID-19. According to official figures released this month, a third of deaths from the deadly virus in the southern region of Belgium have been recorded in nursing homes.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has described COVID-19 as a “serious” health threat and has stated that the risk to Canadians is considered to be high.
Here’s what’s happening in the provinces and territories
At 7:30 a.m.ET Thursday, Canada reported 19,291 confirmed and suspected cases. Provinces and territories that provide data on cases considered recovered reported that 4,666 cases were resolved. CBC News has recorded a total of 476 deaths from COVID-19 in Canada, and there are two deaths from Canadians related to coronavirus abroad.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, has urged people across the country to behave as if COVID-19 is in their community, even if there are no known cases. Health officials have also reiterated that the case numbers do not provide a complete picture as these data do not capture people who have not been tested or potential cases still under investigation.
The number of COVID-19 deaths in British Columbia is 48, after the province recorded five other deaths. Dr. Bonnie Henry, the best health worker in the province, urged people not to travel for the long weekend ahead. Find out more about what’s going on in British Columbia
Alberta says its supply of essential equipment – including fans and personal protective equipment – should raise it to the expected COVID-19 peak if the province does not reach the most “extreme” of the projected scenarios. The province expects its peak in coronavirus hospitalizations to arrive in late May. Learn more about what’s going on in Alberta.
Health officials in Saskatchewan say it is too early to say when COVID-19 will peak in the province. Dr. Jenny Basran, Senior Medical Information Officer for the Saskatchewan Health Authority, said the province is on a “better track than in our simulation scenarios, but at the moment we don’t have enough information to be sure “. Learn more about what’s going on in Saskatchewan.
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A worker from a Winnipeg nursing home tested positive for COVID-19 and is now at home in isolation. Manitoba health officials said Wednesday that 20 health workers tested positive for the virus. Learn more about what’s going on in Manitoba.
Premier of Ontario Doug Ford says “patience is running out” on COVID-19 test rates. The province has the capacity to run up to 13,000 tests a day, but the incoming swabs are not up to the task. Learn more about what’s happening in Ontario.
In Quebec, reported cases of COVID-19 have exceeded 10,000, with 175 deaths. Premier François Legault said on Wednesday that the province had a better idea of when cases could peak, but warned people to remain vigilant about measures like physical distance. Learn more about what’s going on in Quebec.
New Brunswick’s highest public health official warns people not to gather over the long weekend. “You may think, ‘It’s just my family’ or ‘They’re just my friends’. But the COVID-19 virus can be an uninvited guest at your table, brought by someone who has only mild symptoms or no symptoms. Don’t let that happen, “said Dr. Jennifer Russell. Learn more about what’s going on at N.B.
Ten percent of reported COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia are due to community transmission, says the best doctor in the province. “We have more of our recent cases being investigated where it is not as clear as there is a clear explanation, and therefore we may end up concluding that there is community spread” said Dr. Robert Strang. Learn more about what’s happening in N.S.
“There are really different epidemics happening in different provinces,” said @BogochIsaac explain why COVID-19 projections vary so much from one province to another. “There are certainly local circumstances … we cannot expect everyone to be in sync. ” pic.twitter.com/jVo78oJoWf
Prince Edward Island officials believe the province could see thousands of more job losses linked to COVID-19. Learn more about what’s going on on P.E.I.
A projection suggests that Newfoundland and Labrador may have a shortage of intensive care beds as the number of COVID-19 cases increases. Premier Dwight Ball said the numbers show why people should continue to follow public health orders for the long weekend and beyond. Learn more about what’s going on at N.L.
The Yukon reported another COVID-19 case, bringing the total for the territory to eight. Learn more about what’s going on in Canada’s North, including a test capacity investment plan in the Northwest Territories.
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 most confirmed cases of COVID-19 of any country, with more than 430,000 people infected. New York State recorded its largest increase in a day of death on Wednesday, 779, with a total death toll of nearly 6,300, more than 40% of the US total of about 15,000.
“The bad news is actually terrible,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. However, the governor said hospitalizations are declining and many of those who are currently dying fell ill at the start of the epidemic.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ top infectious disease expert, said the Trump administration was working on plans to ultimately reopen the country based on evidence that physical distance helped stop the spread of the disease. virus.
But he said it was not time to cut back on these measures: “Keep your foot on the gas because that’s what will help us get through this,” he said during the briefing for Wednesday at the White House.
Vice President Mike Pence has warned that Philadelphia is becoming a potential hot spot. Washington, D.C., Louisiana, Chicago, Detroit and Colorado have also seen epidemics worsen.
Pence said he would speak to leaders of African American communities who are concerned about the disproportionate effects of the virus. Fauci acknowledged that historical disparities in health care have put African-Americans at risk for diseases that make them more vulnerable during the epidemic.
Here’s a sneak peek at what’s going on around the world, including the latest news from Spain and Italy – as well as reports of re-infection in South Korea
From The Associated Press, Reuters and CBC News, updated at 8:30 a.m.ET
Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly improving in intensive care on Thursday, where he is fighting COVID-19, as his government extended its overdraft facilities and reviewed the most severe judgment in peacetime history.
“Things are getting better for him,” said Culture Minister Oliver Dowden. “He is stable, improves, sits and engages with medical staff. Johnson’s spokesman said Thursday that he had a good night’s sleep at St. Thomas Hospital in central London and that he was able to contact people if necessary.
In Spain, The number of confirmed cases has risen to 152,446, the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday. The death toll in the country has also increased, marking a new grim stage as it surpassed 15,000.
There have been 542 deaths from COVID-19 in Italy Wednesday was lower than the previous day’s 604, bringing the total death toll to 17,669. There were 3,693 people in intensive care, compared to 3,792 on Tuesday, marking the fifth consecutive daily decline.
Italy could start gradually lifting restrictions to contain the new coronavirus by the end of April, provided the spread of the disease continues to slow, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told the BBC on Thursday: “We must choose sectors that can restart their If scientists confirm this, we could start relaxing some measures as early as the end of this month, “said Conte.
In Germany, the health minister said restrictions on public life are flattening the curve for new cases of coronavirus. “The number of newly reported infections is stabilizing, we are again seeing a linear increase rather than the dynamic exponential increase we saw in mid-March,” said Health Minister Jens Spahn.
South Korea says at least 74 people who were diagnosed with the new coronavirus tested positive for the second time after they were released from hospitals.
Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in South Korea, said on Thursday that health officials were testing virus and serum samples to determine whether patients retested would be able to transmit the virus to others and if their bodies were properly created. antibodies.
She said some of the patients had no symptoms until their follow-up tests became positive, while others were retested because they had respiratory symptoms. She said none of these patients had seen her illness getting worse and getting serious so far.
Singapore 287 new coronavirus infections were confirmed on Thursday, the largest daily increase to date, bringing the total to 1,910, his health ministry said. More than 200 of the new cases were linked to outbreaks in the dormitories of foreign workers.
Indian authorities have identified and sealed dozens of hotspots in the Indian capital and neighboring Uttar Pradesh to check the growing trajectory of new coronavirus infections. Government statements on Wednesday evening indicated that people will receive food, medicine and other supplies at their doorstep and that they will not be allowed to leave these areas.
Authorities have also made it mandatory to wear a face mask when going outside in areas not covered by these restrictions in both states. The sealing of hot spots occurred when the number of confirmed cases in India crossed the 5,000 mark, with 166 deaths, according to the Indian Ministry of Health.
Iran’s The death toll from coronavirus has increased from 117 to 4,110, health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on Thursday. The total number of people infected with the new coronavirus has reached 66,220, he said.
The World Bank declares Sub-Saharan Africa expected to enter recession for the first time in a quarter of a century in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Africa, which has more than 10,000 documented cases on the continent, has experienced some of the most dynamic economies in the world in recent years. The World Bank says African nations will need “debt service shutdown” and other financial aid. African leaders have called for debt relief, warning that the pandemic will continue to threaten the world if a region runs out of support.