Coronavirus: what’s happening in Canada and around the world on Friday


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In Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney warns that some hard-hit areas may not advance on the same reopening schedule as the rest of the province, saying authorities will review local data when making decisions on the issues. openings and dates.

As provinces move toward phased-in approaches to lift restrictions on the coronavirus pandemic, premiers must decide to stick with one province-wide framework or introduce regional or local variations.

“We will look through a local lens at how quickly we reopen certain aspects of the economy to make sure we do it very carefully,” said Kenney, highlighting the situation at Brooks and High River, where a packing plant for meat has been at the center of a major epidemic.

  • The largest coronavirus outbreak in North America has started at this Alberta meat plant.

Prime Minister Doug Ford, meanwhile, said Ontario will pursue a province-wide approach. In Ontario, large urban centers like the Greater Toronto Area reported the highest infection rates.

Asked recently about a request from the City of Kingston and the local public health unit for a more regional approach to lifting the restrictions – with continued cross-jurisdictional collaboration – Ford responded that the answer was no.

“We have to manage the province as one unit. “

Quebec, which has been the epicenter of the epidemic in Canada, is moving forward with an approach that offers a chronology for the greater Montreal region and another for the rest of the province. On Thursday, the province announced that the planned reopening of retail stores, daycares and elementary schools in Montreal has been postponed until May 25.

Prime Minister François Legault said that “the conditions to maintain our initial reopening schedule in Montreal have not been met yet”.

Quebec accounts for more than half of the 65,400 confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus in Canada. At 11:15 a.m.ET, the province had 35,238 cases, of which 8,673 were deemed resolved or recovered. According to a count of coronavirus deaths at the CBC based on provincial data, regional health information and CBC reports, Quebec is responsible for 2,631 of the 4,526 deaths in the country.

The virus, which first appeared in China and spread around the world, has prompted governments to introduce a range of measures, including closings, business closings and home orders, to try to slow its spread.

The Canadian economy lost nearly two million jobs in April, a record high, as the shutdown of non-essential services to slow the spread of COVID-19 devastated the economy and forced businesses to temporarily close. The loss of 1,993,800 jobs adds to more than a million jobs lost in March.

The national unemployment rate in Canada was 13% in April. Here are the unemployment rates for the last month by province (figures for the previous month in brackets):

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke on Friday of job losses, saying that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will be extended beyond June to help businesses open to the provinces.

The plan helps eligible companies and organizations cover wages, offering a subsidy of up to 75 percent of employee wages.

“For companies affected by COVID-19, know this: the wage subsidy will continue to be there to help you keep your employees on the payroll. “

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 health officials urge people to be careful and cautious as restrictions on COVID-19 are lifted and people are preparing to expand their social circles. “The future is in our hands and we have to keep washing it,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health worker. Find out more about what’s going on in British Columbia

WATCH | Dr. Bonnie Henry explains how to safely expand social interactions when restrictions are removed:

As COVID-19 restrictions loosen, British Columbia public health worker says people should carefully resume interactions. 1:37

Alberta reported 54 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and two more deaths. The province now has a total of 6,017 cases. To date, 3,809 people have recovered and 114 have died. Learn more about what’s going on in Alberta.

Saskatchewan reported 19 more cases on Thursday, all in the far north and north. The province said 15 of the cases were in the far north, including 12 in the La Loche region, which is facing an epidemic. The other four were in the northern region. Learn more about what’s going on in Saskatchewan.

WATCH | COVID-19 is expected to cause an increase in bankruptcy applications:

Experts predict an increase in the number of companies filing for bankruptcy due to the financial results of the COVID-19 pandemic. 1:56

Manitoba reported no new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, and stated that one previous probable case turned out not to be COVID-19. The total number of confirmed and suspected cases in the province is 283. Learn more about what’s going on in Manitoba.

A personal support worker in a long-term care home in the Ottawa area has died, said Madonna Care Community officials. Sienna Senior Living, who operates the home in Orleans, says 30 residents have died since the start of the epidemic. Learn more about what’s happening in Ontario, where authorities reported 477 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 19,598.

WATCH | Why Ontario is not yet allowing residents to expand their COVID-19 social bubbles:

Some provinces are taking steps to allow people to double their so-called COVID-19 social bubbles. Chris Glover explains why this is not happening in Ontario yet. 2:14

Quebec announced new bonus incentives to get health workers on Thursday – 50% of them are part-time employees – to work full-time hours and help with a shortage of employees in long-term care homes. Learn more about what’s going on in Quebec.

New Brunswick reported no new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. The number of confirmed cases in the province remains at 120. There are two active cases and 118 people have recovered. None of the active cases are hospitalized. Learn more about what’s going on at N.B.

WATCH | The shortage of COVID-19 test kits limits the testing capacity:

Even though Canada has performed more than a million tests for COVID-19, many people remain untested because there are not enough kits. 1:56

Nova Scotia reports two more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the provincial total to 46. Health officials say the deaths occurred at the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax, which recorded 40 deaths following an outbreak in the facility. Learn more about what’s going on in Nova Scotia, where the CEO of the health authority says it may take months to fully reopen the health care system.

Newfoundland and Labrador confirmed two more cases of COVID-19 Thursday, which is linked to an outbreak on a construction site in Alberta. “The ebb and flow in the number of new cases is not unexpected, especially since we are starting to gradually lift some of the public health measures that we have had in place for some time,” said Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Chief Medical Officer of Health. Learn more about what’s going on at N.L.

No new cases were reported Thursday in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Learn more about what’s going on in the North.

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

From Reuters, updated at 8:45 a.m.ET

The US economy lost 20.5 million jobs in April, the largest drop in payroll since the Great Depression, and the strongest sign to date of how the new coronavirus pandemic is hitting the largest economy of the world.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s monthly employment report on Friday also found that unemployment rose to 14.7% last month, breaking the 10.8% record reached after World War II. in November 1982.

A woman walks past a closed hair salon and shoe and watch repair store on Tuesday in Brooklyn, New York. The unemployment rate in the United States reached 14.7% in April. (Angela Weiss / AFP / Getty Images)

Dark figures bolster analyst expectations of slow recovery from pandemic recession, adding to a pile of dismal data on consumer spending, business investment, trade, productivity and the housing market .

The report highlights the devastation triggered by state and local government restrictions in mid-March to slow the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

The economic crisis is causing unrest for President Donald Trump’s candidacy for a second term in the White House in the November elections. After the Trump administration has been criticized for its initial response to the pandemic, Trump is eager to reopen the economy, despite a continued increase in COVID-19 infections and dire forecasts of death.

“Our economy is now on vital assistance,” said Erica Groshen, former commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor and now a senior member of the extension faculty at Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

“We will be testing the waters over the next few months to see if they can safely emerge from our politically induced coma. “

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

From the Associated Press and Reuters, updated at 9:25 a.m.ET

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 3.8 million people and killed nearly 270,000, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University based on official data. But the limited tests, the differences in the death count and the cover-up by some governments no doubt mean that the true magnitude of the pandemic is much greater.

South Korea According to an infectious disease expert, the country could possibly postpone plans to reopen schools if coronavirus infections rose again over the weekend after a week of decline.

Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commented on Friday while addressing concerns about a wider spread of COVID-19 in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area after officers have detected more than a dozen nightclub-related infections.

The 13 new cases reported by South Korea on Friday were its first increase of more than 10 in five days. A dozen was linked to a 29-year-old man who visited three nightclubs in Seoul last weekend.

A couple wearing masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus stores in a department store in Seoul in early May. Health officials in South Korea are closely monitoring new cases. (Kim Hong-Ji / Reuters)

“A drop of ink in clear water spreads quickly,” said Deputy Minister of Health Kim Gang-lip urging vigilance to protect hard-won gains. “Anyone can become that drop of ink that spills COVID-19. “

In China, where the new coronavirus appeared, authorities have reported 17 new cases, including 16 people who tested positive but had no symptoms. No new deaths have been reported for more than three weeks and 260 people remain hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment.

Russia surpassed France and Germany with the fifth highest number of cases in the world. Restrictions in Moscow have been extended until May 31.

WATCH | Questions surround the death of 3 Russian doctors during the pandemic:

Three Russian doctors mysteriously fell from hospital windows after criticizing Moscow’s response to the coronavirus. While some accuse the government of trying to silence critics, a doctor says they may have been pushed into suicide by an overworked health care system. 2:01

In Italy, the mayor of Milan On Friday, he issued a furious threat to close popular open spaces in the city after television footage showed crowds socializing and apparently ignoring public health rules to prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus.

Italy eased some of Europe’s tightest lock restrictions on Monday, allowing many businesses to reopen and giving people more freedom to move, but authorities have insisted that strict physical distance measures be always respected.

The rules were widely followed, but several incidents were reported involving large groups of people, many of whom were not wearing protective masks, gathering in parks and other outdoor spaces, including Navigli, the popular canals district of Milan.

“Yesterday’s pictures along the Navigli were shameful,” said Giuseppe Sala, the mayor of Milan, in one of his regular online messages from his downtown office.

Portugal’s The Prime Minister said that his country had learned a hard lesson in the past two months of the coronavirus pandemic: that you cannot depend on foreign suppliers for essential medical supplies.

“We cannot count on an uncontrolled and brutal market, with an almost physical fight to buy a fan here, another one there,” Prime Minister Antonio Costa said on Friday.

Portuguese hairdresser Silvia Pereira, wearing a face mask and shield, cuts a client’s hair at a hair salon in Lisbon on Monday as millions of Europeans came out with relief from the confinement of the coronaviruses. (Patricia De Melo Moreira / AFP / Getty Images)

the European Union is at a crossroads and risks collapsing if governments do not quickly agree on a new fund to support the economic recovery of the EU after the coronavirus crisis, said the European Commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni.

“We are really at a crossroads. Either we are able to have a strong common response, but we are not there yet, or the whole project is at stake, “said Gentiloni, calling for the creation of a fund in the fall. stimulus which will reduce economic differences between member states.

In Iran, which is grappling with the worst epidemic in the Middle East while under heavy US sanctions, Friday prayers resumed in mosques in 146 cities after being banned for more than two months, the semi news agency reported. – Tasnim official of the country. Prayer rallies will continue to be banned in major cities, including all provincial capitals, for the time being, he said.

Brazil registered 9,888 new cases and 610 deaths in the past 24 hours, while Mexico reported 1,982 new cases and 257 deaths.

the Director of the World Health Organization for Africa said Thursday nearly 1,000 health workers across the continent were infected with the coronavirus. Matshidiso Moeti said Africa is already experiencing a “serious shortage” of health workers, and with the global shortage of protective equipment, many workers remain at increased risk of infection.


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