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


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British Columbia’s chief physician and provincial health minister said on Monday that he did not want the Canada-US border to be reopened in the coming weeks, saying that the free flow of visitors was not the right one stage at this stage of the coronavirus pandemic.

The current border agreement with the United States, which prohibits non-essential travel between the two countries, is set to expire on May 21. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday that talks between the federal government and the United States are underway.

Dr. Bonnie Henry weighed in on the border issue on Monday, saying that while there may be room for maneuver around issues such as family reunification, “a large reopening of the borders is not in our interest. “

Shawn Olsen, left, double Canadian-American citizen who lives on Whidbey Island in Washington, spends Mother’s Day with his mother, Phyllis Dendy, 78, from Abbotsford, British Columbia, separated by a ditch along the Canada-US border. (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press)

BEFORE CHRIST. Health Minister Adrian Dix reiterated this message and said that Prime Minister John Horgan had made his position known to the federal government.

“The Prime Minister has also made this point several times to the Prime Minister: we believe that the border should not be opened to visitors at this time. “

Premier Ontario Doug Ford made a similar message late last week when he said he did not want to see the border reopened and called for increased screening of cross-border travelers.

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Even without easing restrictions, Freeland said on Monday that the volume of essential cross-border travel should increase as more businesses prepare in the two countries.

“It means that the federal government will have to do even more at all of our borders to ensure the safety and well-being of Canadians, and that is something we are working on right now, and we are very focused on,” a said Freeland.

As of 8:00 a.m.ET Tuesday, Canada had reported 69,981 confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus, with 33,007 of those cases identified or resolved by the provinces and territories. A count of coronavirus deaths by CBC News based on provincial data, regional health information and CBC reports stands at 5,100.

Public health officials have warned that the numbers are likely higher, as the figures reported do not include people who have not been tested and cases still under investigation.

The new virus, called SARS-CoV-2, causes a disease called COVID-19. There is no proven vaccine or treatment for the virus, which first appeared in China. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health problems, this can lead to more serious illness or death.

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

Here’s what’s happening in the provinces and territories

British Columbia recorded 23 new cases of COVID-19 in the past two days, which brings to 2,353 the number of people who test positive in the province, including 1,719 considered recovered. The death toll in British Columbia has risen to 130 after the death of another person. Find out more about what’s going on in British Columbia

Alberta released an online tool for businesses before the reopening. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s highest public health official, says there is no decision yet on whether to move on to the next phase, but said she sees positive signs. “Hospitalizations and ICU admissions are down, the number of recovered cases is increasing, and I am encouraged to see fewer new cases per day than even a week ago. Learn more about what’s going on in Alberta.

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Saskatchewan reports a decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the far north. La Loche faced an increase in the number of cases, but after days of reporting a double-digit increase in new cases, the province announced four new ones on Monday. Learn more about what’s going on in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the provincial total to 289, of which 247 are considered recovered. The chief provincial public health administrator, Dr. Brent Roussin, said two other cases were also linked to a workplace cluster in the Prairie Mountain Health region, bringing the total to 10. Learn more about Manitoba.

Toronto health officials have reported the first known COVID-19 death of a person living in the shelter system. The man, who was in his 50s, died in hospital, officials said. Learn more about what’s going on in Ontario, where a group of MPs will meet Tuesday for a physically distant question period.

Two major Quebec universities, McGill onefrom the University of Montreal, say that most of the courses will be online in the fall semester. Learn more about what’s going on in Quebec, where some elementary students outside the Montreal region returned to class for the first time in months on Monday.

New Brunswick has now passed five days with no new cases of coronavirus. The province has a total of 120 reported cases, all but two of which are considered resolved. Learn more about what’s going on in New Brunswick.

New Scotland reported a new COVID-19-related death on Monday, bringing the province’s total to 48. Health officials said the death occurred at the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax, which is linked to the majority of coronavirus deaths in the province. Learn more about what’s going on in Nova Scotia.

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Prince Edward Island reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, Now at 27 the number of confirmed cases in the province – all considered recovered. Learn more about what’s going on on P.E.I.

Newfoundland and Labrador took another step in its reopening plan on Monday. “While moving to the next level is indeed a positive thing, I cannot overstate the importance of proceeding with extreme caution as we gradually lift some of the public health measures in place,” said Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, provincial chief of medical services. health officer. Learn more about what’s going on at N.L.

Government of the Northwest Territories accepts requests from businesses for cash into a fund to help plan post-coronavirus recovery. Learn more about what’s going on in the North.

Here’s what’s going on in the U.S.

From the Associated Press, updated at 8:40 a.m.ET

The government’s top infectious disease expert says he plans to warn the country on Tuesday that “unnecessary suffering and death” will result from a hasty reopening of the economy.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will appear before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions at a hearing to assess the plans for reopening.

In an email to the New York Times, Fauci said his major message will be about the danger of trying to open the country.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, is scheduled to appear before a Senate committee remotely on Tuesday. (Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images)

“If we skip the checkpoints in the guidelines to reopen America, then we risk the danger of multiple epidemics across the country,” Fauci wrote. “It will not only cause unnecessary suffering and death, but it will actually put us back in our quest to return to normal.” “

This puts Fauci at odds with President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly urged governors to lift business closings and stay-at-home orders.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is restarting the company’s California factory in defiance of local government efforts to contain the coronavirus.

In a tweet on Monday, Musk almost dared to stop them, writing that he would be on the assembly line and if anyone was taken into custody, it should be him.

State law allows a fine of up to US $ 1,000 per day or up to 90 days in prison for violating health ordinances.

The factory in Fremont, a city of more than 230,000 people south of San Francisco, had been closed since March 23.

Here’s what’s going on in the world

From The Associated Press and Reuters, updated at 10 a.m.ET

Lebanon The government has agreed to a “complete shutdown” of the country for four days, the presidency announced as the government met on Tuesday to try to ward off a second wave of coronavirus infections. Closing begins Wednesday evening.

Authorities have warned of a resurgence in recent days, as the number of cases reached its highest level in more than a month after the government relaxed some lock restrictions.

Spain reports 176 new confirmed coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 26,920. New infections confirmed by laboratory tests are up Tuesday at 426. Total contagion, including tests of antibodies, amounted to 269,520.

The numbers were slightly up from the previous day, but the records usually see an increase on Tuesday, as unreported data over the weekend appears in official statistics. Nearly 140,000 people have recovered from the virus, the Spanish health ministry said.

A dentist and a clinical assistant prepare before performing dental surgery on a patient near Madrid on Monday. (Oscar Del Pozo / AFP / Getty Images)

About half of Spaniards are starting to take advantage of a softer version of the country’s strict lockdown adopted in mid-March. On Tuesday, the government released a new set of rules requiring all incoming visitors to quarantine for two weeks if they arrive after May 15.

French the children begin to return to school on Tuesday as the country gradually lifts containment measures after two months of foreclosure.

The authorities indicate that 86% of nursery and primary schools reopen this week.

Most schools across the country start welcoming children on Tuesday. In Paris, schools will reopen Thursday.

Classes are limited to 10 students in kindergartens and 15 elsewhere. Students should keep a physical distance from each other and wash their hands several times a day. Teachers must wear a mask.

The move comes a day after Swiss opened classrooms for many students.

Teacher Julie Rechtya gives a lesson in Geneva on Monday for the first day of school, while Switzerland has relaxed some of the locking measures imposed to deal with COVID-19. (Denis Balibouse / Reuters)

School attendance is not compulsory. The government has allowed parents to keep their children at home in a climate of fear over COVID-19, as France is one of the most affected countries in the world. High schools in regions with fewer virus cases are expected to reopen next week. A target date has not yet been set for high schools.

French authorities reported on Tuesday nearly 140,000 people infected with the virus and more than 26,000 deaths.

Italy said it would give regions the power to roll back the restrictions, which should lift most of the remaining restrictions next week.

Indonesia The death toll from the coronavirus epidemic crossed the 1,000 mark on Tuesday, making it the country with the most COVID-19 deaths and the highest death rate in Southeast Asia. COVID-19 spokesperson Achmad Yurianto has confirmed 16 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,007.

The number of deaths from coronavirus has been under close scrutiny in recent days, as media and medical experts said the national death toll was probably more than double the official figure.

A woman stands outside a gym while people wait during a COVID-19 mass rapid test for supermarket visitors in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where local government said a group cases had been detected. (Ulet Ifansasti / Getty Images)

Indonesia has one of the lowest screening rates in the world and some epidemiologists say it has made it more difficult to get an accurate picture of infections in the fourth most populous country in the world.

Chinese health officials have called for continued vigilance as new clusters emerge, even though the peak of the epidemic has passed.

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South Korean authorities have combed cell phone data, credit card statements and video surveillance footage to identify people who have visited nightclubs in the center of one of the capital’s largest groups.

Senegal announced the reopening of mosques and churches and the relaxation of other restrictions, even as the biggest day-long jump in the cases was recorded on Monday.

Men disinfect an empty supermarket in Dakar, Senegal, Monday. Large supermarkets are closed on certain days for a few weeks in order to disinfect them in the midst of the spread of the new coronavirus. (John Wessels / AFP / Getty Images)

The U.S. government donated 1,000 fans to South Africa to help the country respond to COVID-19. South Africa has the most confirmed cases of the disease in Africa with more than 10,600, including 206 deaths.

Brazil reported 5,632 new cases and 396 additional deaths, bringing the national death toll to 168,331 and 11,519 deaths. President Jair Bolsonaro said gymnasiums and hair salons were essential services that could remain open.

The country’s largest homeless population has started to succumb to COVID-19, and activists warn that the worst is yet to come as cold weather decreases and shelters are likely to become hotbeds of infection.

To date, at least 22 homeless people in Sao Paulo have died from COVID-19, according to the city hall, and there are hundreds of suspected cases across the state, on the streets and in shelters. Julio Lancellotti, a 71-year-old priest, said that nothing he had seen facing these people in three decades compared to the hardships he expected from the pandemic – not the economic turmoil, the waves of violence or dengue.

“I have a feeling it will be our biggest challenge, and the hardest part is not there yet,” Lancellotti told The Associated Press.


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