Alberta and Newfoundland became the last provinces on Thursday to publish frameworks on how they would reopen their economies, but as the guidelines are released, many companies, health practitioners and even cities are trying to figure out how they will work while restrictions are in place because of COVID-19 are lifted.
Manitoba’s largest city is scrambling to try to get amenities like playgrounds and golf courses ready to reopen on Monday after a provincial plan outlines a schedule to lift the restrictions.
“Reopening is not just about reversing the measures we have put in place,” said Mayor Brian Bowman, asking Winnipeggers to be patient with the reopening process.
Retail stores and hair salons will also be allowed to reopen in Manitoba on Monday, but they will need a plan for how they will operate according to hygiene and physical distance guidelines.
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Ontario, which released a framework focusing on how the province will make decisions and not on when it will reopen, released specific guidelines for businesses on what would be required to operate safely on Thursday. security when they are allowed to open their doors.
“Today we are telling our businesses how to prepare when we get the green light,” said Premier Doug Ford.
As of 6:00 a.m.ET Friday, Canada had 53,236 confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus, the majority concentrated in Ontario and Quebec. The provinces and territories identify 21,437 cases resolved or recovered. A CBC News count of COVID-19-related deaths based on provincial data, regional health information and CBC reports lists 3,279 deaths in Canada and two known deaths from Canadian coronavirus abroad.
Public health officials have warned that the numbers being recorded are probably too low, noting that they fail to capture information about people who have not been tested or are still under investigation in as possible cases of coronavirus. Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, urged people to behave as if there was a coronavirus in their community, even if there were no recorded cases.
The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially the elderly and people with health problems, this can cause more serious illness or death. There is no proven treatment or vaccine for the virus, which first appeared in China in late 2019.
What’s going on in the provinces and territories
The best doctor in British Columbia says that 12 other inmates from Mission’s medium-security prison have tested positive for COVID-19. Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced two more coronavirus-related deaths in British Columbia, bringing the provincial total to 111. Learn more about what’s going on in British Columbia.
Albertans will have more space to move outside starting in early May after the province announces it is lifting restrictions on COVID-19. Prime Minister Jason Kenney said golf courses will open on Saturday (although professional stores and pavilions will remain closed), followed by a larger opening of outdoor spaces in early May. Non-emergency medical services will be allowed to open on Monday, with retail businesses and businesses to follow later in the month. Learn more about what’s going on in Alberta.
The Premier of Saskatchewan has placed travel restrictions on a large part of the far north of the province in an attempt to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak. People there are now facing a travel ban outside their home community for anything other than essential travel for food or medical needs. Learn more about what’s going on in Saskatchewan.
New rules come into effect today in Manitoba nursing homes, limiting healthcare workers to one nursing home. Provincial health officials said Thursday that almost all personal care homes in the province are ready to enforce the rules. Learn more about what’s going on in Manitoba.
An Ontario family is in mourning after the death of Arlene Reid, a 51-year-old personal support worker for VON in the Peel region, after contracting COVID-19. Her daughter Shay-Ann Bryden said the family was grieving and angry over the loss. “But at the same time, she lost her life taking care of people, and it was something she dedicated her life to doing. She is therefore a hero and should be hailed as one. Learn more about what’s happening in Ontario.
In Quebec, the Jewish General Hospital is facing an outbreak of COVID-19, but a spokesman for the Montreal hospital said, “None of these events were started by sick healthcare workers. Learn more about what’s going on in Quebec, which recently announced a plan to reopen elementary schools, daycares and many businesses this month.
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New Brunswick has now left 12 days in a row without a new case of COVID-19. The province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, said that of the 118 cases to date, there are only four active cases and no one is hospitalized. Russell has warned that there will be new cases in New Brunswick, but health officials are now better prepared for the next wave. Learn more about what’s going on at N.B.
Nova Scotia’s top public health official, Dr. Robert Strang, urges the people of Nova Scotia to “stay the course”. Nova Scotia reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the provincial total to 947 confirmed cases. The province has recorded 28 deaths related to COVID-19. Learn more about what’s happening in N.S.
Prince Edward Island did not report any new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. “We have had one case in the past two weeks and a total of six cases for the month of April,” said Dr. Heather Morrison, Chief Medical Officer of Health. Learn more about what’s going on in Prince Edward Island, including details of a plan to reopen some schools to students who normally receive support from youth workers and educational assistants .
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Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador are now allowed to bubble to two households, a movement introduced as is part of the province’s broader reopening plan, which sets May 11 as the target date for lifting certain restrictions, including on non-emergency medical care and low-risk outdoor activities. “We must remember that if any of our indicators show our situation to worsen, we can tighten these restrictions again, and we will not hesitate to do so,” said Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Chief Medical Officer of Health . Learn more about what’s going on at N.L.
Nunavut reported its first case of COVID-19 on Thursday. Dr. Michael Patterson, the territory’s chief public health officer, said the case was detected in Pond Inlet and the person was in solitary confinement. Nunavut was the only province or last territory in Canada to report no new cases of coronavirus. Learn more about what’s going on in the North.
In the USA
From Reuters, updated at 6:45 a.m.ET
The White House let its two-week economic reopening guidelines expire on Thursday as half of all U.S. states have gone ahead with their own strategies to ease restrictions on restaurants, retail and other companies closed by the coronavirus crisis.
The enormous pressure on states to reopen, despite the lack of large-scale antivirus testing and other safeguards advocated by health experts, has been highlighted in the Department’s new data work showing that some 30 million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits since March 21.
Physical separation of people – by closing schools, businesses and other social gathering places – remains the primary weapon against a highly contagious respiratory virus without a vaccine or cure.
But economic pain has reached historic proportions, unrest to loosen home support orders and mandatory workplace restrictions have increased.
For the second time in two weeks, hundreds of protesters – including members of armed militias – have invaded the state capital of Michigan in Lansing to demand the end of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s house arrest orders.
The latest protest was sparked by a request by the Democratic governor, ignored by Republican lawmakers, to extend the emergency powers she had invoked in a state hard hit by the virus and closures to combat it.
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About two dozen states, mainly in the south, midwest and west of the mountains, have taken steps to ease restrictions since Georgia opened the way last week. Texas and Florida, among others this week, have presented plans to do so in the coming days.
But no business was required to reopen, and it was unclear how many business owners and their employees would return to work, and how many customers would return to stores and restaurants.
The number of coronavirus cases continues to increase in many parts of the country, although peaks appear to have been reached in New York State, the epicenter of the epidemic in the United States and elsewhere.
Pennsylvania, Kansas, Wisconsin, Virginia, Arizona, Minnesota and Nebraska all reported record numbers of new cases on Thursday, though further testing may explain some of the increases, revealing infections already present but not detected.
Several states, including New Jersey, Texas, Massachusetts, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and New Mexico, posted new highs in their daily balance sheets.
What’s going on in the world
From the Associated Press and Reuters, updated at 6:45 a.m.ET
As in most other European countries, Italy The traditions of May 1, which pay tribute to the role of workers in society, were overturned by blocking rules prohibiting rallies during the coronavirus pandemic.
The heart and soul of the May Day commemoration in Italy were rallies led by union leaders, followed by an evening of rock and pop music in Rome, drawing crowds of up to 100,000 people to the square at the time. exterior of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran. This year, the musical artists will take turns performing solo in places with no one in the audience. Their music will be broadcast on state television and radio, with the theme of the evening being “Working Safely to Build a Future”.
Unions demanded scrupulous attention to safety measures, including physical separation from workstations and assembly lines, hygiene and sanitation before factories in the country reopened, where the devastating outbreak of COVID- 19 in Europe has started.
Spain the government predicts that the fourth largest economy in the euro area will shrink 9.2% this year and that unemployment will reach 19% of the working age population. On Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Nadia Calvino announced the grim predictions when she explained the economic stability plan for Spain which he presented to the European Union.
Russia As of Friday, nearly 8,000 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in another daily record, bringing the total to 114,431. The number of cases is likely to be much higher as not everyone is tested, and the tests in Russia would only be 70 to 80% accurate.
In at least five Russian regions, health officials have reported a wave of pneumonia. In Moscow, which accounts for half of all virus cases, all respiratory infections are likely to be caused by the coronavirus, according to public health agency Rospotrebnadzor.
Japan will formally decide on Monday to extend its state of emergency, which was originally scheduled to end on May 6.
In China, Beijing’s parks and museums, including the former Forbidden City, have reopened to the public after being closed for months by the coronavirus pandemic.
India recorded a new daily record of coronavirus cases, with almost 2,000 recorded in the past 24 hours. The Indian Ministry of Health said on Friday that the 1,993 new cases and 73 additional deaths brought the country’s total to 35,043 cases and 1,147 deaths.
The government is expected to decide on the future of its 40-day lockdown on Sunday. It allowed migrant workers and other stranded people to resume their journey on Wednesday, as well as some stores to reopen and manufacturing and farming to resume.
A lively holiday atmosphere South Africa streets like the May Day holiday, it was also when the country began to loosen its strict lockdown. For the first time in five weeks, people were allowed to walk outside for exercise between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., and thousands, with mandatory masks and keeping a distance, took to the streets .
Some South Africans will be able to resume work in small batches and many companies will resume their limited activities. Many factories can resume operations in phases, starting with only one-third of employees allowed to return, and they must follow distance and other guidelines.
Public transport, including trains and buses, will start operating with a limited number of passengers. Even with the easing, South Africa’s lockdown remains tight, with no sales of alcohol and cigarettes allowed.
Brazil reported a record number of 7,218 cases in the past 24 hours and an additional 435 deaths. Peruvian Meanwhile, authorities closed a busy food market in Lima after rapid mass tests confirmed more than 160 positive cases.
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