As the number of coronavirus cases reported worldwide exceeds one million – including more than 11,000 known cases in Canada – governments are struggling to cope with both a growing public health crisis and rising unemployment.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to provincial premiers on Thursday on a range of issues, including the shortage of protective equipment for health care workers.
With the increasing number of cases and tighter restrictions, some governments have called for more information on what is expected and on the information that drives decisions.
Trudeau said such national modeling will come “soon”, but requires more data from provincial and territorial governments – a topic he discussed with Premiers during his prime ministers’ conference call over two o’clock.
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford plans to release provincial projection and modeling data on Friday saying he wants the people of the province to know “what I know”.
“No whirlwind, no numbers,” he said on Thursday, adding that the data provided would be difficult for some to hear.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for others, especially the elderly and people with health conditions, it can cause serious symptoms like pneumonia. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) says the situation is changing daily, but the risk to Canadians of COVID-19 is “considered to be high”.
Here’s a look at what’s happening on Friday in Canada, the United States and around the world.
Here is an overview of what is happening in the provinces and territories
As of 6:00 a.m.ET Friday, Canada had 11,283 confirmed and suspected cases with 166 deaths. The provinces and territories that report information on recovered cases reported 1,979 cases resolved or recovered. Two deaths of Canadians abroad related to COVID-19 have also been reported – one in Japan and one in Brazil.
Public health officials warn that the numbers of reported cases do not provide a complete picture of the scale of the epidemic, as the data do not capture those who have not been tested and cases that are still under investigation. Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, has urged people nationwide to practice physical distance and behave as if there were COVID-19 in their community, even if there are no known cases.
In British Columbia, health officials have reported 55 new cases of COVID-19, with five new deaths. Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry said one of the new cases reported on Thursday was an inmate from the Okanagan Correctional Center. Find out more about what’s going on in British Columbia
Alberta has reported outbreaks of coronavirus in nine institutions for the aged. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, said there are now 74 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in continuing care facilities “and I expect more to be confirmed in the future.” next days “. Learn more about what’s going on in Alberta.
The best doctor in Saskatchewan says that six other health workers contracted COVID-19. “We know of at least six cases where people may have worked in a health care facility, but it is unclear where the exposure was,” said Dr. Saqib Shahab. Learn more about what’s going on in Saskatchewan.
In Manitoba, unions representing workers at the Health Sciences Center say about 70 employees – including doctors, nurses, clerks and security guards – isolate themselves after exposure to COVID-19. Learn more about what’s going on at the Winnipeg health facility and across Manitoba.
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Ontario plans to release what the Premier has called “austere” modeling projections for the province’s coronavirus. The province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. David Williams, noted that the projections are forecasts that will give people an idea of what to prepare for. “If people see what could be possible, what could be possible and what we could achieve with our energy and our continuous efforts of public health measures, physical distancing, it means that we have to stay on task and do our part to flatten the curve and the impact. that and change the projection as best we can. Learn more about what Ontario officials should say.
The mayor of Montreal urges people to stay in their neighborhood while Quebec is facing a growing workload of COVID-19. Valérie Plante said the city’s state of emergency has been extended and police will be present in six major parks to ensure people follow public health measures. Learn more about what’s going on in Quebec.
Health officials in New Brunswick are concerned about a shortage of COVID-19 test supplies. Prime Minister Blaine Higgs told CBC Power and politics if the province “sped up a bit, we could be out of test supplies in a week.” Learn more about what’s going on at N.B.
“If we accelerate, we could run out of test supplies in a week,” said the Premier of New Brunswick. @BlaineHiggs. He said the province is about 3-4 weeks short of protective gear – but they have pending orders that they hope will arrive. pic.twitter.com/Q91i0RWQOm
Nova Scotia extended its state of emergency by two weeks on Thursday. The province has also announced assistance for small businesses and a temporary program to help workers who are not eligible for employment insurance. Learn more about what’s going on in Nova Scotia.
Prince Edward Island announced a million dollar fund to help people not covered by other support programs announced since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about what’s going on on P.E.I.
The Minister of Health for Newfoundland and Labrador is urging people to prepare for an increase in the number of cases. “We are, in the experience of our other jurisdictions, not yet in our period of likely strong growth. It should happen in the next few weeks, and we are working hard to figure out when it could happen, ”said John Haggie. Learn more about what’s going on at N.L.
Northwest Territories health officials have reported two travel-related COVID-19 cases, including one in a small community. The last cases bring the number of cases in the territory to four. 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
With more than 245,000 people infected with COVID-19 and the death toll exceeding 6,000, preparations for reflection are underway in the United States. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has asked the Pentagon for 100,000 body bags because the funeral homes could be overwhelmed, the military said.
White House Coronavirus Task Group Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said data on infections in the United States suggests that Americans should emulate the European nations that have started to see the spread of the virus slow by a strict physical distance.
The Trump administration was formalizing new guidelines to recommend that Americans wear non-medical masks, t-shirts, or bandanas over their mouths and noses when in public, and preserve medical masks for those on front lines.
But there are still shortages of critical equipment, including masks, in Europe and the United States.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has warned that New York could run out of breathing machines in six days. He complained that states either compete for protective gear and breathing apparatus, or are outbid by the federal government.
Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act in hopes of boosting production of medical grade masks by 3M, based in Minnesota, to help first responders. Washington is also trying to suppress a growing black market for protective medical supplies.
Sign of the impact of the epidemic on the United States military, the captain of a navy aircraft carrier confronted with a growing epidemic of the virus was dismissed by naval leaders who declared that he had created panic by sending his memo asking for help from too many people. Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly said the ship’s captain, Captain Brett Crozier, “had been extremely poorly judged” in the midst of a crisis.
Here’s a sneak peek at what’s going on in Italy, Spain and some hard-hit parts of Europe
From the Associated Press, updated at 6:45 a.m.ET
Spain closes a dark week on Friday, with nearly 11,000 dead for the new coronavirus. More than half of these incidents have occurred in the past seven days. There are also more infections than any other country in Europe.
The bottleneck in Spanish testing laboratories has led to relatively low test levels in Spain compared to other European countries, the authorities admitted. But even with statistics deemed conservative to show the extent of the epidemic, Spain approached 118,000 cases on Friday, just behind the United States. Official data from the Ministry of Health showed that 7,472 of these infections had occurred in the past 24 hours. Spain also recorded 932 new deaths, 18 less than its daily record of 950 the day before.
Italy, with more than 115,000 cases reported on Friday morning, has seen new infections stabilize after three weeks of the West’s first national shutdown.
The head of Germany According to the disease control agency, the number of deaths from COVID-19 is probably underestimated. Lothar Wieler of the Robert Koch Institute said on Friday that he thought “we have more deaths than what is officially announced.”
It was not immediately clear whether Wieler was suggesting that deaths are underestimated only in Germany or around the world, and journalists were unable to ask follow-up questions at his online press conference. The low death rate from coronavirus in Germany has attracted international attention. Experts say the difference from other countries is partly due to mass tests and well-equipped hospitals, but warn that the number of deaths is likely to increase.
Britain The Minister of Health has promised a tenfold increase in the number of daily tests, as a survey found that more than half of Britons thought the government was too slow to order a lockout.
At least 570 people died in nursing homes France Eastern region, suggesting that the national toll could be much higher than expected.
Greece quarantined a migrant camp after 20 asylum seekers tested positive, its first such facility having been affected since the epidemic.
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