Coronavirus: what’s going on in Canada and around the world Thursday

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British Columbia joined other provinces on Wednesday with the release of a plan outlining how it intends to lift COVID-19 restrictions, although the Prime Minister warned that without continued discipline, “whatever we do have worked so far will be lost. “

According to the plan released by the province, by the time the long weekend in May takes place, people should be able to host small gatherings – if the hosts and guests are healthy.

“We have to do it right. It is not a return to normal. We are going to the new normal, “said John Horgan Wednesday as he unveiled the plan, which will see a range of businesses and services – including non-emergency healthcare, stores, libraries, parks, salons and restaurants – resume at least some operations by the middle of this month if they can meet public health guidelines.

The progressive plan, which includes an increase in school services later this school year, does not anticipate a full reopening of classrooms until September.

The province reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total to 2,255, of which 1,494 are considered resolved or recovered. To date, the province has reported 124 deaths from the coronavirus.

As of 7:30 a.m.ET Thursday, there were 63,496 confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 in Canada, with provinces and territories listing 28,184 of these cases resolved or recovered. A CBC News count of COVID-19 deaths based on provincial figures, regional health data and CBC reports has found 4,348 deaths in Canada, and two more overseas.

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Public health officials have warned that the numbers are likely higher because they do not capture information about people who have not yet been tested or on cases still under investigation. No matter where you are in the country, health officials have said they behave as if there are cases in your community.

The new coronavirus, which causes a disease called COVID-19, first appeared in China in late 2019. There is no proven treatment or vaccine, although researchers around the world are frantically searching for solutions. Although most cases are mild to moderate, some people – especially those with underlying health conditions and the elderly – are at increased risk of serious illness or death.

Governments around the world have taken steps to try to slow the spread, including urging people to stay at home and businesses to stay closed, which has caused massive economic disruption for workers and businesses.

On Thursday, Greyhound Canada announced the temporary closure of all company routes and bus services starting May 13. The company said the closure in Canada is the result of a 95% drop in ridership and loss of revenue due to COVID-19. .

Read on to see what’s going on in Canada, the United States and around the world.

What’s going on in the provinces and territories

British Columbia reopening directives will force organizations and businesses to develop plans who follow provincial guidelines to control the spread of COVID-19. “It will not be the flipping of a switch. We will proceed with caution, ”said the Prime Minister. Find out more about what’s going on in British Columbia

WATCH | BEFORE CHRIST. to ease COVID-19 restrictions before the long weekend in May:

BEFORE CHRIST. will begin to loosen COVID-19 restrictions before the long weekend in May and allow for small gatherings and hugs. 1:56

Alberta’s top doctor says province succeeds in flattening COVID-19 curve, but Dr. Deena Hinshaw said on Wednesday that “some places are flatter than others.” Health officials are closely monitoring the cases, Hinshaw said, noting that even a few cases can turn into a larger epidemic. Learn more about what’s going on in Alberta.

Saskatchewan has announced 25 new cases of coronavirus, all but one in the far north of the province. Of the 24 cases in the far north, 22 are in La Loche, which is facing an epidemic. “This is the epidemic that we badly need to intensify – and we have intensified – our efforts to contain this,” said provincial chief medical officer of health Dr. Saqib Shahab. Learn more about what’s going on in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba reported two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 284. Eleven of the cases in the province are classified as probable. Learn more about what’s going on in Manitoba.

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Ontario residents will soon be able to visit garden centers and hardware stores, and more retailers will be allowed to open – but only for curbside pickup. The province, which recently released a framework on how to reopen, fell short of its provincial goal of 16,000 tests for the second day in a row on Wednesday, after exceeding it in the previous three days. Learn more about what’s happening in Ontario.

Quebec reported 112 additional deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 2,510. The total number of cases increased to 34,327, an increase of 910 from the previous day. Learn more about what’s going on in Quebec.

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Montreal hospitals are currently able to cope with the volume of COVID-19 cases, but they are also preparing for a potential spike in a reopened provincial economy. 1:50

New Brunswick now has two active cases, the province’s chief medical officer of health said Wednesday. Dr. Jennifer Russell said the last travel-related case was in the Saint John area. Learn more about what’s going on at N.B.

Nova Scotia Wednesday reported seven new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 998 confirmed cases. No new deaths have been reported, leaving the province’s total at 41. Learn more about what’s going on in N.S.

Prince Edward Island Premier Dennis King outlines the steps businesses will need to take on Wednesday if they want to reopen to customers on May 22. Learn more about what’s going on on P.E.I.

The Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador said on Wednesday that tests had returned to almost all workers at the Health Sciences Center who had potential exposure to COVID-19 over the weekend – and they’re all negative. “This, for all of us, is good news,” said Dwight Ball. Learn more about what’s going on at N.L.

A Yukon man was fined $ 500 for self-isolation for 14 days after arriving in the territory. Learn more about what’s going on in Canada’s North.

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

From Reuters, updated at 9 a.m.ET

Millions more Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, suggesting that layoffs have spread from consumer-oriented industries to other segments of the economy and may remain high even though many parts of the country begin to reopen.

The US Department of Labor weekly jobless claims report showed on Thursday that initial jobless claims for state unemployment benefits totaled 3,169 million seasonally adjusted data for the week ended May 2, down from 3,846 millions revised the previous week.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast 3.0 million claims in the past week, up from 3.839 million previously reported in the week ending April 25.

Since the COVID-19 epidemic and the closure of all school buildings, the Seattle Department of Public School Nutrition Services has been distributing breakfast and lunch to students through a network of 26 school sites and 43 five bus lines. days a week. (Karen Ducey / Getty Images)

The data supported economists’ views on a protracted economic recovery, which is being shaken by blockages nationwide to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The economy contracted in the first quarter at the fastest rate since the Great Recession of 2007-2009.

The weekly claims report followed news on Wednesday that private payrolls dropped by a record $ 20.2 million in April, which created the overall job market for historic job losses.

This is the fifth consecutive weekly drop in demand since reaching a record 6.867 million in the week ended March 28. However, the latest figures have brought to about 33 million the number of people who have filed for unemployment benefits since March 21.

“The pace of new jobless claims is slowing, but remaining at unimaginable levels just a few months ago,” said Joel Naroff, chief economist at Naroff Economics in Holland, Pennsylvania.

“Even if the economy slowly starts to reopen, the number of unemployed people should continue to increase sharply as governments, as well as companies which have tried but failed to maintain the line, are now laying off workers”, said he declared.

Weekly claims data on Thursday will not affect the Department of Labor’s full April employment report, which is expected to be released on Friday, as it is outside the time the government interviewed establishments and households for his monthly report.

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

From the Associated Press, updated at 10:20 a.m.ET

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In the blows SpainHealth officials said around 200 new people died on Thursday, bringing the total death toll to just over 26,000 since the epidemic began in the country. This is down from more than 900 deaths a day a month ago. Spain has reported nearly 257,000 COVID-19 infections.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Wednesday saved a critical parliamentary vote to keep the state of emergency alive despite the loss of support from the main opposition party. The state of emergency that gives the government extraordinary powers to enforce the lockdown that has successfully contained the virus will now last until May 24.

the British The government says a shipment of personal protective equipment from Turkey to alleviate supply problems is in a warehouse because it does not meet British standards. Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said the 400,000 overalls are not “what we think is enough for our front line staff” treating patients with coronavirus.

The shipment has become a nuisance to the British government since a minister announced on April 18 that he would arrive the next day. It took four days before a Royal Air Force aircraft could transport the cargo to the United Kingdom.

Like many other countries, the UK is struggling to maintain a constant supply of protective equipment amid unprecedented global demand. The Department of Health said, “this is a global pandemic, with many countries purchasing PPE, causing shortages worldwide, not just the UK”.

Germany The public health agency cautiously welcomed the “emergency brake” agreed to by federal and state authorities if coronavirus cases rebounded, but warned that the pandemic was far from over.

Children follow physical distance rules when queuing to enter Petri primary school in Dortmund, western Germany, Thursday, as school reopens for some students after lockout due to a coronavirus. (Ina Fassbender / AFP / Getty Images)

Lars Schaade, deputy director of the Robert Koch Institute, said Thursday that setting a level of 50 new infections per 100,000 population for the re-imposition of containment measures was a “pragmatic threshold which I believe to be reasonable in principle. But he noted that Germany remains “at the start of the pandemic,” adding “that it can last for several months and that it will likely continue over the next year.”

Restrictions to contain the spread of the new coronavirus in Moscow have been extended until May 31 Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said Thursday in a blog article on his personal website. Moscow is the epicenter of Russia Coronavirus crisis, with 92,676 of the country’s 177,160 cases, although Sobyanin said earlier that the actual number of cases in the capital is around 300,000.

About 850,000 people across Africa – 1.3 billion people – have been tested for coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. It’s according to African centers for disease control and prevention.

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Director John Nkengasong again told reporters that “we are not testing enough”. The African CDC said last month that it hopes to test a million people in four weeks and 10 million in about six months. But providing test kits remains a challenge.

“Without testing, we will fight blindly,” said Nkengasong. He added that “we are in a very long fight, let me be clear with everyone.” The number of confirmed virus cases in Africa now exceeds 51,000.

Brazil recorded a record 10,503 new cases in the past 24 hours and 615 deaths. President Jair Bolsonaro’s spokesperson Otavio do Rego Barros has tested positive and is currently under quarantine at his home.

El Salvador Public transport will be temporarily suspended from Thursday and the measure will remain in place for 15 days.

Cruise ship under investigation Australia to trigger coronavirus infections sailed in Philippine waters to bring back the Filipino crewmen

In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, the cruise ship MV Ruby Princess, on the left, remains anchored with other vessels awaiting clearance from the Quarantine Bureau before docking in Manila, the Philippines on Thursday . (Philippine Coast Guard / The Associated Press)

The Philippine Coast Guard said Thursday Ruby princess will anchor in Manila Bay, where at least 16 other cruise ships have converged in the past month while waiting for more than 5,000 Filipino crew members to be tested for coronavirus before landing.

In India, the national count was 52,952, up 3,561 from the previous day, and the death toll increased from 89 to 1,783. The surge in cases came from the densely packed metropolises of Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad.

Pakistan’s The Prime Minister has announced his intention to lift the government’s lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus in phases starting on Saturday. But Imran Khan warned in a televised speech Thursday that he would reimpose the lockdown if people did not follow the guidelines for social distancing.

The number of people infected in Singapore has exceeded 20,000, as more foreign workers living in overcrowded dormitories have been diagnosed. The city-state reported 788 new cases, bringing its total to 20,198. Foreign workers living in dormitories accounted for almost 90% of the cases.

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