Coronavirus: what’s happening in Canada Thursday


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The total number of coronavirus cases in Canada surpassed 87,000 on Wednesday, largely due to the increase in Quebec and Ontario, which were hit hard.

At 7:30 a.m.ET Thursday, Canada had 87,519 confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus, of which 46,177 were considered resolved or recovered. A count of CBC News deaths based on provincial health data, regional information and CBC reports is 6,858.

Read on to see what’s going on in your area and to get the latest details on how the provinces are handling the pandemic and the interim restrictions lifting process put in place to slow the spread of the new virus.

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

On Wednesday, British Columbia reported a new death from COVID-19 and nine new cases. Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry urged people to follow the rules and assess the risks as they increase social interaction. “Once we have a good understanding of our progress in mid-June, we will have the data we need to determine our timetable for further action,” said Henry in a statement. Find out more about what’s going on in British Columbia

Dr. Bonnie Henry said the COVID-19 numbers for British Columbia tended to go in the right direction, but urged that they continue to follow public health guidelines. (Michael McArthur / CBC)

Alberta reported lowest number of active coronavirus cases on Wednesday since late March. Health officials said there were 679 active cases in the province. On Wednesday, the province reported two more deaths and 25 new cases. Learn more about what’s going on in Alberta, where health officials are studying a possible case of Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), an inflammatory syndrome associated with the new coronavirus.

On Wednesday, Saskatchewan announced two more deaths from people with COVID-19 – both in the far north of the province – bringing the provincial total to 10 deaths. Learn more about what’s going on in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba On Track To Begin Next Phase Of Reopening Monday, when it will allow restaurants, bars, gymnasiums and other businesses closed by COVID-19 restrictions to open with strengthened public health measures in place. Learn more about what’s going on in Manitoba.

WATCH | Brian Pallister talks about moving Manitoba to the next reopening phase:

Premier Brian Pallister says the slow and careful reopening of Phase 2 is a result of the low incidence of COVID-19 in Manitoba and that the province will closely examine any resurgence of cases. 1:15

Ontario Resumes Management Of Four Of Five Long-Term Care Homes who have been the subject of a Canadian Armed Forces report alleging “horrible” conditions, including insect infestation, poor hygiene and aggressive behavior towards residents. The government will conduct “extremely rigorous” inspections of these homes, along with 13 other people facing COVID-19 management problems, and will perform random checks across the province, Premier Doug Ford said on Wednesday. Learn more about what’s happening in Ontario.

On Tuesday, cleaners pack cleaning supplies in their truck at the Orchard Villa retirement home in Pickering, Ontario. A report from servicemen at home described a series of concerns regarding protective personnel and equipment, as well as cockroaches, flies and rotten food. (Carlos Osorio / Reuters)

Many long-term care homes in Quebec desperately need medical staff and continue to fight to reduce the number of COVID-19 infections, according to a military report on his mission to seniors’ residences in the province. The report released on Wednesday details three main problems inside long-term care homes in Quebec: inadequate separation between regions infected with COVID-19 and those without it; failure to properly wear personal protective equipment or PPE; and severe staff shortages. Learn more about what’s going on in Quebec.

WATCH | Military personnel report staffing and PPE problems in long-term care homes in Quebec:

The Canadian military’s report on Quebec long-term care homes during the COVID-19 crisis revealed staff shortages and problems with the use of personal protective equipment. 2h00

Premier of New Brunswick made harsh remarks about a health professional who failed to isolate himself on Wednesday after his return to the province of Quebec. “If you ignore the rules, you are putting your family, friends and compatriots in New Brunswick at risk. Today’s case is proof of that, ”said Blaine Higgs as the province reported a third new case in the Campbellton area. Learn more about what’s going on at N.B.

WATCH | Higgs warns of more possible cases, criticizes the “irresponsible” actions of health workers:

The third case of COVID-19 in Campbellton is a medical professional who went to Quebec and did not self-isolate when he returned. 2:51

Nova Scotia to allow more businesses to reopen next week, saying that everything from restaurants and bars to gymnasiums and personal services like hair salons can open on June 5 under improved public health protocols. “We are still moving slowly, but it is a good first step,” said Prime Minister Stephen McNeil on Wednesday. Learn more about what’s happening in N.S.

The beaches of Prince Edward Island National Park will be open from June 1. Learn more about what’s going on on P.E.I., who has no active cases of COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, Newfoundland and Labrador remained 20 days without a new case of COVID-19, but the province is not lowering its guard. “Experts around the world are predicting a second wave of COVID-19, and we must remain vigilant in following public health measures in place so that, when this happens, we will be in the best possible position to respond,” said the Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald. Learn more about what’s going on at N.L.

Northwest Territories chief public health officer said she “wholeheartedly” supports vacationing this summer, including visits to regional hubs. But Dr. Kami Kandola said residents of the territory must “stay on our property” because the risk associated with COVID-19 has not passed. Learn more about what’s going on in the North.

Here’s what’s going on in the world

The new coronavirus, which causes a disease called COVID-19, 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. The virus labeled SARS-CoV-2 first appeared in China in late 2019, before spreading worldwide.

According to a Johns Hopkins University case tracking tool, Thursday morning, there were more than 5.7 million cases of coronavirus worldwide, with more than 356,000 deaths reported.

The United States accounts for nearly 1.7 million cases and more than 100,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.

WATCH | Why Iceland has been so successful in reconnecting:

Screening for coronavirus in Iceland is a collaborative effort between health workers and the police, creating a “force to be reckoned with”, said one of the detectives responsible. 4:47

WATCH | COVID-19: Which parts of the world are currently of great concern?

A panel of experts answers questions about what is going on with COVID-19 around the world and its impact on Canada. 6:20


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