Coronavirus: what’s happening in Canada and around the world on Friday


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Health officials in Canada said on Thursday that more than 90% of COVID-19-related deaths were people over the age of 60, but also highlighted the needs of another vulnerable group, saying that those without shelter and people in unstable housing are at increased risk.

Canada’s Senior Public Health Officer, Theresa Tam, says that shelters serving the homeless need the resources and support to do good infection control – and to protect staff and clients . Without immediate action, there will be more preventable outbreaks and deaths in these contexts, Said Tam on Twitter.

As of Friday morning, Canada had more than 30,000 confirmed and suspected cases. And while health officials have expressed cautious optimism that public health measures are slowing the spread of the new coronavirus, health officials and politicians are still struggling in some provinces to meet the needs of vulnerable populations .

The Premier of Quebec said Thursday that about 2,000 medical specialists have registered to help provide care for the elderly. But François Legault stressed that integrating doctors into the system will pose challenges.

“It won’t necessarily be easy, especially in really exceptional conditions. But I’m convinced that in good faith … we can make these people work together. “

Quebec, which has the most cases recorded in Canada, also asked Ottawa for additional help in long-term care homes that were hard hit.

WATCH | Quebec’s call for help for long-term care homes:

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Several other provinces – including Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta – have reported multiple outbreaks in long-term care facilities. Premiers were to discuss how to improve staffing with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on a call Thursday evening. While most cases of COVID-19 (the disease caused by the new coronavirus that appeared in China) are mild to moderate, the elderly and people with underlying health conditions are at higher risk of serious illness and death.

At 6:00 a.m.ET Thursday, Canada had 30,106 suspected and confirmed cases of coronavirus. The provinces and territories that provide recovery data reported that 9,742 cases have been recovered or resolved. A count of CBC News deaths related to COVID-19, based on provincial reports, regional public health information and CBC reports, has identified 1,273 deaths in Canada. There have also been two deaths of Canadians abroad related to the coronavirus.

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

In British Columbia, Federal Mission Institution inmate died after being taken to hospital for COVID-19 complications. Learn more about what’s going on in British Columbia, including the latest on new cases in long-term care and a hospital outbreak.

Alberta reported two more COVID-19 deaths on Thursday and 162 new cases. The province has now reported 2,158 cases, with 50 deaths. Learn more about what’s going on in Alberta.

Saskatchewan reported only one new case on Thursday, and health officials said there have been no cases of coronavirus in intensive care beds across the province for several days straight. Learn more about what’s going on in Saskatchewan.

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In Winnipeg, a CBC analysis found that emergency wait times are decreasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Paul Doucet, an emergency physician at Saint-Boniface Hospital, said he believed that some people were avoiding the hospital because of concerns about potential exposure to COVID-19. He also noted that hospital administrators have canceled elective surgery and clinics, which temporarily creates some capacity in the system. Learn more about what’s going on in Manitoba, including an analysis of how the provincial government is managing the epidemic.

Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford introduced new emergency measures requiring workers in retirement homes to work in only one establishment at a time. The provincial government says all nursing homes must comply with the order by April 22. Another emergency measure will make it easier for local health units to reassign front-line staff between long-term care homes, hospitals and other community facilities. Learn more about what’s happening in Ontario.

In Quebec, the director of public health of Montreal said that the city seems to be at the top of the curve in COVID-19 cases. “If we look at the cases today and yesterday, we have reached a plateau,” said Dr. Mylène Drouin. Learn more about what’s going on in Quebec.

New Brunswick reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, now the province’s total at 117. Find out more about what’s going on in NB.

Nova Scotia has announced that it will start reporting the number of long-term care COVID-19 cases daily. Learn more about what’s happening in N.S.

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Prince Edward Island did not report any new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, now the provincial total at 26 cases. Learn more about what’s going on on P.E.I, including what the Prime Minister had to say about how relaxing the restrictions could work.

Newfoundland and Labrador reported five new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total to 252. Learn more about what’s going on in N.L., including the story of a hotel offering free isolation rooms.

The Northwest Territories does not say who is on its COVID-19 enforcement task force. Learn more about what’s going on in Canada’s North.

Here is an overview of what is happening in the United States

From the Associated Press and CBC News, updated at 7:00 a.m.ET

New York, the hardest hit hotspot in the United States, reported more encouraging signs on Thursday with a decline in the daily number of deaths across the state and in the total number of people hospitalized.

“We have controlled the beast,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. However, Cuomo has extended the state foreclosure until at least May 15. New York is lining up 11,000 empty hotel rooms to quarantine people living in overcrowded apartment buildings.

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In New Jersey, police, acting on anonymous information, found at least 18 bodies in two days in a nursing home in Andover.

According to a case tracking tool managed by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the United States has more than 670,000 registered cases of coronavirus, with more than 33,000 deaths. More than 12,000 of the deaths in the United States have occurred in New York, according to the state health department.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s going on in the world

From the Associated Press and Reuters, updated at 9:15 a.m.ET

Tokyo On Friday, 201 new cases of coronavirus were recorded, setting a new record for a daily increase, bringing the prefectural total to 2,796, with 56 deaths, according to Governor Yuriko Koike. the Japanese capital has seen his new cases explode since late March, raising fears that the infections will become explosive.

The increase in cases comes on Friday 10 days after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a month-long state of emergency in Tokyo and six other urban prefectures, a measure he extended to all of Japan on Thursday. .

the Wuhan city in China, where the new coronavirus that has spread worldwide has been reported for the first time, said it has revised its total number of deaths upward by 50%, correcting incorrect reports, delays and case omissions . This would bring the total death toll in China to over 4,500.

The review comes as the United States and other officials question the accuracy of China’s counts – but also that the countries most affected by the pandemic have a variety of methodologies for counting their deaths. The World Health Organization in Geneva has so far not commented on the Chinese revision.

Germany The official statistics office said Friday that some 2.6 million students will return to schools soon as the country eases its lockdown rules in the event of a pandemic. Authorities in the 16 German states agreed this week to allow a staggered reopening of schools, with students in their last two years of high school and the last year of elementary school coming first.

Germany, a country of 83 million people, has so far registered almost 137,700 confirmed new coronavirus infections, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University. Compared to other countries, Germany has recorded relatively few deaths – 4,052 to date – less than a third of the number seen in Britain, which has fewer confirmed cases.

Martin Sauer, chief physician of intensive care medicine, walks through a makeshift double door system to the intensive care unit of the community hospital in Magdeburg, eastern Germany, during the pandemic of COVID-19. (Ronny Hartmann / AFP / Getty Images)

Some 940 of 2,300 crew members on board The French group of aircraft carriers Charles de Gaulle have tested positive for COVID-19, the French Senate said in a statement on Friday, citing the army’s chief medical officer.

Spain the official journal published a government order Friday for the 17 autonomous regions of the country to unify the criteria for counting deaths in the coronavirus pandemic. The government has said it is following WHO guidelines and insists on counting only those who die after being tested positive for the virus, whether or not they show symptoms and regardless of location.

On Thursday, that figure exceeded 19,000, with a total of more than 182,000 infections. But the accounting system excludes patients who died with symptoms but were not tested.

the UK The number of deaths in COVID-19 hospital rose from 847 to 14,576 on Thursday afternoon local time, the health ministry said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says wearing face covers, such as bandanas and scarves, could provide people with another layer of protection against coronavirus and is pressuring the British government to change its advice.

Khan told BBC radio that the evidence he had seen indicated that wearing non-medical facial coverage “reduces the chances” of those who have the virus from passing it on to someone else. However, he acknowledged that it “doesn’t necessarily limit your chances of getting the virus.”

He said changing the tips would be helpful for those on public transport or in stores, where some people may find it difficult to abide by the physical distance rules of staying two meters from each other. ‘other. Khan said it is important that there is a “consistent approach” across the country and that is why he is lobbying the government and its advisers.

Government chief medical adviser Chris Whitty said Thursday that the evidence that masks were helpful in preventing the spread of the coronavirus was “weak”, while admitting it was a “real problem” .

Coronavirus outbreaks across the Middle East are threatening to break the lives of millions of already deprived people in conflict zones, said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Hard blow Iran, which, like several other countries, has been faced with questions about how cases are identified and disclosed, reported a new total of nearly 80,000 cases on Friday, with 4,958 deaths.

Nigeria Finance Minister said that debt relief agreement reached this week to help the world’s poorest countries cope with the coronavirus pandemic was a welcome first step, but that middle-income countries faced to debt problems also needed urgent help.

In remarks to be made at the World Bank Development Committee meeting on Friday, Zainab Ahmed said that most countries in sub-Saharan Africa were particularly vulnerable to the pandemic because high rates of self-employment meant that physical distance could not last long.

Health workers dress in protective gear as they prepare to take samples during a community COVID-19 test campaign in Abuja, Nigeria earlier this week. (Kola Sulaimon / AFP / Getty Images)

the The African continent, which has some 400 million people living in poverty, also had weak health systems that were far from sufficient to test COVID-19 respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus and manage those infected, she said.

Mexico The president said the country was looking to return to normal from June 1 with the reopening of schools and businesses on the condition that people abide by anti-coronavirus health measures until then.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro fired his Minister of Health after fighting with him over how to fight the new coronavirus, and again called on states to end home care orders.

Bangladesh reported 15 more deaths and 266 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, the country’s health minister said Friday. Health Minister Zahid Maleque said the latest death toll is 75 and the number of infections is 1,838. Experts say Bangladesh, a 160 million nation ‘inhabitants, does not have appropriate management to manage the situation. Bangladesh applies a weeks-long lockout across the country until April 25 to contain the spread virus.


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