Canada’s top public health official on Saturday expressed optimism about the COVID-19 pandemic, saying efforts to flatten the curve are working, with provinces across the country reporting more positive figures.
“By following public health recommendations, we have collectively reduced the infection rate. We are flattening the curve, “said Dr. Theresa Tam in a press release as federal officials and the Prime Minister took a break from their daily press conferences.
“While we may continue to be cautiously optimistic, it is important that everyone remains aware of our duty to protect each other, especially those who are most vulnerable, as we sail in the coming weeks. “
No active case in N.B.
The message came as New Brunswick announced that there were no more active cases of COVID-19 on Saturday after two weeks without new infection, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that his province could overcome the pandemic faster than expected.
“We see a gradual downward slope in the public domain, and the more we go down, the more we can open up and come back to the new normal,” said Ford.
“I don’t know the exact time … but if we continue as we do, we’re going to be doing it much sooner than we thought, we could have gotten out a few months ago. ”
Protesters in the Provincial Legislative Assembly gathered for a second Saturday in a row for an anti-lockout protest. Ford criticized the protesters for disrespecting the Canadian flag by flying it upside down during the demonstration.
“I understand, people are suffering there and people want to go back,” said Ford. But he added that flying the flag upside down does not respect members of the Armed Forces who are overseas, as well as those who help in long-term care facilities in Ontario.
“What they are doing is putting their lives in danger as far as I’m concerned by coming together side by side,” he said.
Ford says he respects their right to protest, but wonders if it is fair that mothers with their children are fined for being in parks while anti-lockdown protesters are not fined .
More locking rules are lifted
The provinces of Canada are preparing to relax the lockdown rules in the coming week.
Businesses such as garden centers and car dealers will be allowed to open in Ontario on Monday, while residents of Newfoundland and Labrador will be allowed to interact with households other than their own.
Quebec has announced its intention to gradually reopen daycare centers, elementary schools, retail businesses, construction and manufacturing during the month of May.
This province has seen most of its deaths in long-term care homes, and Quebec Premier François Legault said the fight against COVID-19 is entirely different in these facilities – an argument that the first Ontario minister agreed on Saturday.
“There are two different worlds right now, we are fighting this virus, one in long-term care homes and the other in the public domain,” said Ford. “In the public domain, everyone has done an incredible job … and that is why we are seeing the trend decrease. “
As of Saturday evening, Canada had 56,714 confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus, the majority being concentrated in Ontario and Quebec. The provinces and territories list 23,814 cases resolved or recovered. A CBC News count of COVID-19 deaths based on provincial data, regional health information and CBC reports lists 3,656 deaths in Canada and two known deaths from coronavirus from Canadians abroad.
Contagious respiratory disease 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.
“We cannot afford any missteps”
British Columbia’s highest medical official, Dr. Bonnie Henry, urged people to remain alert, asking anyone with symptoms to contact health officials and take steps to protect their families and community members.
“It is far too easy to tip the scales against us and undo the hard work and sacrifice that everyone here in British Columbia has made,” she said on Saturday as the province announced only 26 new ones case.
“We cannot afford any missteps as we seek to ease our restrictions in the coming days and weeks. “
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held talks with his New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern, to share information on fighting the pandemic while protecting the economy.
A reading of the call said the two leaders also spoke of the need to keep supply chains active throughout the global crisis, particularly with regard to medical supplies.
New Zealand is widely regarded as a success in efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.
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What’s going on in the provinces and territories
British Columbia Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a new community outbreak in a poultry factory on Saturday where there are three confirmed cases. Henry also said there were 26 new cases of COVID-19 in the province on Saturday, bringing the current total to 21,71. Learn more about what’s going on in British Columbia
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Alberta reported 97 new cases on Saturday, the first time in weeks that new daily cases fell below 100. The province also reported two new deaths. Learn more about what’s going on in Alberta.
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Saskatchewan announced that its case number had increased to 421, with six new cases registered on Saturday. Of the new cases included in the update, four are in the North, one in Saskatoon and one in Regina. Northern leaders say drastic measures may need to be taken unless more people start following public health orders, as they say some people are still trying to get around the restrictions. Learn more about what’s going on in Saskatchewan.
Manitoba reported a new case on Saturday. The province says there is also one more hospitalization, bringing the total to six. On Monday, the Manitoba government allowed restaurants to open terraces if they followed specific physical distance guidelines, which left owners weighing the pros and cons of participating. Learn more about what’s going on in Manitoba.
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In Ontario, a union representing health care workers says a third personal support worker has died in as many weeks. SEIU Healthcare says workers are asking for more personal protective equipment, which is currently rationed. Learn more about what’s happening in Ontario.
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Quebec The director of public health says the province is launching a more “aggressive” testing strategy as it begins to relax restrictions in the event of a pandemic. According to Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec plans to perform 14,000 tests per day, compared to approximately 6,000 tests per day currently. The province wants to start testing ordinary people, including some without symptoms. Until the end of this week, Quebec was only testing essential workers with symptoms, focusing on healthcare workers. Learn more about what’s going on in Quebec.
New Brunswick is free of COVID-19, according to the latest figures for the province. The province says there were no new cases on Saturday – for the 14th day in a row – and that the 118 cases have all recovered. This makes New Brunswick the only province with no confirmed active cases in the country. Learn more about what’s going on at N.B.
New Scotland announces two more deaths at Northwood long-term care home in Halifax. This brings the death toll in the province to 31. The province has also reported four new cases, bringing the total number of positive cases to 963. To date, 609 people have recovered from COVID-19. Twelve people are hospitalized, including three in intensive care. Learn more about what’s happening in N.S.
In Prince Edward Isle, Phase 1 of the province’s plan to ease restrictions began on Friday. Prince Edward Island’s chief public health officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, said that the provincial government will continue to focus on physical remoteness, good hygiene and the maintenance of the house as much as possible. The island has 27 confirmed cases, but only two since April 8. Learn more about what’s going on in Prince Edward Island.
Newfoundland and Labrador no new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Saturday. According to a press release issued by the provincial government, the total number of cases in the province remains at 259.
Saturday is the fifth day of the week with no new reported cases of COVID-19 in the province, with only three new cases since April 18. Learn more about what’s going on at N.L.
In Canada’s North, all 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Yukon have recovered.
Meanwhile, Yukon Minister of Justice Tracy-Anne McPhee announced Friday that someone has been charged under the Yukon Civil Emergency Measures Act for failing to self-isolate as required. Learn more about what’s going on in the North.
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In the USA
The beautiful spring weather across the United States on Saturday drew people inside for weeks outside to enjoy the sun.
Although grateful to be outside, people were always wary – masks were worn everywhere, and a New York farmer’s market imposed two meters of familiar space between people waiting to buy spring flowers. . The mothers in Central Park reminded their children to give people space. And small groups of picnickers kept their safe distances, while the joggers passed each other without a look.
New York retired lawyer Stan Neustadter lowered his mask to say it was important for his mind to go out. “Why live like a rabbit? Also, I’m approaching 78, I had a great race, “said Neustadter.
Police and park officials were spread across New York City, which dispatched 1,000 officers to enforce social distancing on the hottest day since mid-March. But they were more likely to break up large groups, leaving New Yorkers themselves the nuisance of social distancing and safe hanging out.
“Go for a walk, but respect social isolation and wear a mask,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
As concerts dry up in clubs and concert halls, German native Julia Banholzer, saxophonist, said she started playing outdoors in Central Park for everyone passing by. On Saturday, it was a constant stream of people, most wearing masks, who left advice to their trio as they worked their way through a set of jazz standards.
“It’s great to have an audience after all these weeks. ” she said. “All of my dates have been canceled until September, and I don’t know if they will be back this year. New York is a tough place, but this is just another tough time we are going through. “
‘So far, so good’
Meanwhile, fighter jets from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds drew people outside as they flew over Atlanta, Baltimore and Washington in honor of healthcare workers. In Atlanta, motorists stopped on a main highway while others found open places to watch the sky over the rooftops or a cemetery.
New Jersey reopened its state parks on Saturday. Limited to 50% of the capacity of their parking lots, several had to refuse additional arrivals in the afternoon. But almost everyone followed the rules of social isolation, and Governor Phil Murphy said “so far so good” in his daily briefing.
Margie Roebuck and her husband were among the first people on the sand at Island Beach State Park. “Forty-six days in the house was enough,” she said.
There are also economic factors to consider. In parts of the United States, reopening is encouraged to help shut down companies that have plunged the global economy into its deepest recession since the 1930s and cut millions of jobs.
He created a patchwork of rules across the 50 states. In South Carolina, where about 20 percent of the state’s revenue comes from tourism, beach hotels were allowed to reopen on Friday. The webcams showed dozens of people on the beach on Saturday, but the pools were still closed. South Carolina has also not reopened its restaurants, unlike neighboring Georgia. Some US states have not yet started the reopening process.
Business owners also wonder if customers will return. On a perfect spring day for postcards, the eastern Detroit market had far fewer customers and sellers than normal at the farmer’s market.
Jill and Mark Thomas said they felt safe selling bottles of house wine from their Unwined cellar, but it was not the same in the COVID-19 world.
“It’s easier when you can send samples to people,” said Jill Thomas. “We are not allowed to do it now. “
What’s going on in the world
ChinaHealth officials said two new cases of coronavirus were confirmed on Saturday, continuing a downward trend since the government took steps to reduce the number of people arriving from abroad. The official number of confirmed cases in China is 82,877 and the death toll has reached 4,633.
The government has blocked almost all foreigners from entering the country and has severely reduced the number of international flights, making it difficult for Chinese citizens to return from abroad.
YemenAccording to health officials, there are three new cases of coronavirus in the southern city of Aden and the western city of Taiz, bringing the total number of cases to 10 with two deaths. The announcement on Saturday came as the United Nations health agency warned of the invisible virus epidemic, saying it “is actively circulating across the country.” The agency says tests and resources to detect the virus are “largely insufficient.”
Yemen has been involved in the civil war for more than five years and its health system is fragile, with half of the health establishments not functioning properly.
Great BritainThe Department of Health says a total of 28,131 people have died in hospitals, nursing homes and the wider community after being tested positive for the new coronavirus in the UK, an increase of 621 per compared to the previous count.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the nation on Thursday that Britain had reached its peak in the COVID-19 epidemic and said it plans to reveal a “road map” outlining how the foreclosure measures could be relaxed in the coming week.
In Italy, the number of beds treating patients with COVID-19 continued to decline as the country prepared to relax its strict lock-in measures on Monday.
The Emergency Preparedness Agency said there were 212 fewer people hospitalized for the virus and 39 fewer in intensive care in the past 24 hours, a number that has been steadily decreasing in recent weeks. This has given authorities the confidence to be able to cope with any new spikes in cases, as more businesses reopen and individuals have more freedom to move around in their home towns and villages.
At the same time, the number of deaths increased the most in 11 days – from 474 – and the number of people who recovered from the virus was the lowest in more than two weeks. Italy recorded the most deaths after the United States, with 28,710.
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In Spain, people filled the streets on Saturday to train for the first time after seven weeks of confinement to fight the coronavirus.
People were running, walking or riding bikes under a sunny sky in Barcelona, where many flocked to the promenade to get closer to the still forbidden beach. Others have jogged in parks and along sidewalks across the country.
“Some people think it may be too early, like me, but it is also important to exercise for health reasons,” said Cristina Palomeque, 36, in Barcelona.
Spain has 24,824 confirmed deaths from the virus and 215,216 infections.