COVID-19 cases have peaked in a larger community in Ontario, according to model projections; Falling cases in South Korea

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The latest news on coronaviruses from Canada and around the world on Tuesday (this file will be updated throughout the day). Web links to longer stories if available.

7:03 a.m. Open conflict broke out on Tuesday between the Tokyo Olympic organizers and the IOC over who will pay for the unprecedented one-year postponement.

Tokyo spokesman Masa Takaya said the organizing committee had asked the Swiss-based International Olympic Committee to remove a comment from its website suggesting that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had agreed that Japan would assume most deferral costs.

According to Japanese media reports, the one-year delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic will cost between $ 2 billion and $ 6 billion. Neither side has given an official estimate, but Tokyo CEO Toshiro Muto called the deferral costs “massive.”

“It is not appropriate that the name of the Prime Minister be quoted this way,” Takaya said in a 90-minute teleconference.

Almost all of the questions, mainly from Japanese journalists, focused on the IOC statement and the costs to Japan.

The IOC statement, on a page titled “Frequently Asked Questions About the Tokyo 2020 Olympics”, said that Abe had agreed that Japan “would continue to cover the costs it would have incurred under the existing agreement for 2020, and the IOC continue to bear its share of the costs. ”

5:30 a.m .: South Korea has reported nine new coronavirus infections and one more death, bringing its total to 10,683 cases and 237 deaths. South Korean centers for disease control and prevention said at least 1,011 cases were linked to recent arrivals from abroad.

The country’s workload has slowed since the beginning of March, when it reported around 500 new cases a day. Infections continued to decline in the hardest hit city of Daegu, which reported two new cases.

5:26 a.m .: Indonesian President Joko Widodo has banned residents of the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation from returning to their hometowns to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fast from dawn to sunset during Ramadan.

The announcement came amid warnings from health experts that Indonesia could face an explosion of coronavirus cases that could infect more than a million people after Ramadan, unless the government takes more stringent measures.

4 h: Latest figures for confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases in Canada at 4 a.m. (ET) on April 21, 2020:

There are 36,831 confirmed and suspected cases in Canada.

  • Quebec: 19,319 confirmed (including 939 deaths, 3,847 resolved)
  • Ontario: 11,184 confirmed (including 584 deaths, 5,515 resolved)
  • Alberta: 2,908 confirmed (including 59 deaths, 1,230 resolved)
  • British Columbia: 1,699 confirmed (including 86 deaths, 1,039 resolved)
  • Nova Scotia: 721 confirmed (including 9 deaths, 248 resolved)
  • Saskatchewan: 316 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 238 resolved)

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  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 257 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 191 resolved)
  • Manitoba: 246 confirmed (including 6 deaths, 143 resolved), 8 presumptive
  • New Brunswick: 118 confirmed (of which 92 resolved)
  • Prince Edward Island: 26 confirmed (of which 23 resolved)
  • Canadian returnees: 13 confirmed
  • Yukon: 11 confirmed (including 8 resolved)
  • Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)
  • Nunavut: No confirmed cases

Sunday 7 p.m .: The Willowdale Welcome Center confirms 74 cases of COVID-19 among clients, according to figures from Toronto Public Health.

According to Patricia Mueller, chief executive officer of Homes First, the agency that operates the 200 beds, many tests were done at the North York facility over the weekend and, strikingly, many who tested positive showed little or no symptoms. shelter.

Mueller said she hopes it won’t have the same impact on the Willowdale refugees, who are on average 40 or younger and generally healthy.

12:20 p.m .: Ontario modeling suggests that COVID-19 epidemic has peaked in a larger community and is “being brought under control”, but appears to be developing in long-term care facilities and other settings grouped together. Kate Allen and Jennifer Yang of The Star have written about the “two epidemics” in the province.

12:15 p.m .: Ontario reached its predicted COVID-19 peak early on thanks to home support and physical distance measures which are expected to keep the total number of cases well below the disaster scenarios presented two weeks ago, according to a new computer modeling published by the province.

“These actions make a difference and people must stay the course and stay strong to save lives,” notes notes prepared for a briefing by health officials on Monday.

Read more on Monday’s cover here.



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