Statistics Canada is expected to release unemployment figures for April; South Korea matches more than a dozen new infections with club fans in the capital


The latest news on coronaviruses from Canada and around the world on Friday (this file will be updated throughout the day). Web links to longer stories if available.

5.36 a.m .: Australia plans to reopen the economy in stages by July, but there are no plans to open to international travelers in general for the foreseeable future.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said states will set their own pace to ease restrictions on coronaviruses and details of the second and third stages of the plan have yet to be finalized. Most of Australia has not seen new cases for several days, but its most populous states, New South Wales and Victoria, continue to register new cases daily.

5:31 a.m .: The US government is on the verge of releasing the worst set of jobs since the records began in 1948, a snapshot of the devastating damage the economy has caused the coronavirus.

The unemployment rate for April could reach 16% or more, according to economists polled by the data provider FactSet. Twenty-one million jobs may have been lost. If so, it would mean that almost all of the job growth in the 11 years since the end of the Great Recession has disappeared within a month.

5:22 a.m .: India registered 3,390 new infections and 103 deaths, increasing its total to 56,000 cases with 1,886 deaths, according to data from the Ministry of Health on Friday.

Among those infected, 16,539 have recovered. The coastal state of Maharashtra, which includes Mumbai, remains the most affected with nearly 20,000 cases and 651 deaths

5:05 a.m .: Mirvish Productions says it expects “Hamilton” to return to Toronto after the Canadian high-profile musical tour ends due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The theater company sent an email to ticket holders who asked for refunds for the performances canceled on Thursday asking them to reconsider, offering priority access to seats if production were to resume on a date yet to be determined.

Mirvish says they aim to bring “Hamilton” back to the scene within 18 months, and while the schedule is still changing, the producers plan to resume the show “as soon as possible.”

5 a.m .: South Korea on Friday advised nightclubs and similar entertainment venues to close for a month and may delay reopening schools after linking more than a dozen new coronavirus infections with clubs in the capital .

Schools were due to reopen next week, but fears of a resurgence came after 25 new cases were released on Friday, South Korea’s first jump above 10 in five days.

4:15 a.m .: Canadian farmer groups say producers are suffering after COVID-19 outbreaks have resulted in a series of closures and slowdowns in meat plants across the country.

A backlog of animals awaiting processing is forcing cattle producers to pay more to maintain their inventory.

And in one case, a pork producer was forced to euthanize some of his animals because they had nowhere to go.

4 h: The adequacy of federal emergency benefits to help Canadians overcome the COVID-19 crisis is coming up for close scrutiny today, as the country first sees the economic devastation caused by the pandemic.

Statistics Canada to release unemployment figures for April – the first full month in which the economy was virtually closed while all workers, except essential workers, stayed at home to prevent the spread of the deadly virus that causes COVID -19.

Thursday 8:55 p.m .: Walt Disney World plans to reopen its restaurant and entertainment area later this month, although theme parks and hotels will remain closed.

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Disney Springs vice president Matt Simon announced on the official Disney Parks blog on Thursday that the area will reopen on May 20 with improved safety measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. These measures include an increase in cleaning procedures, the use of proper face covers by actors and guests, limited contact guest services, and additional security training for actors.

Thursday 7:15 p.m. There are 64,922 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada, including 4,408 deaths and 29,260 resolved cases, according to The Canadian Press.

This breaks down as follows (NOTE: the breakdown does not include the figures for Ontario, for which the star does its own counting. See entry for 5 p.m.):

  • Quebec: 35,238 confirmed (including 2,631 deaths, 8,673 resolved)
  • Alberta: 6,017 confirmed (including 114 deaths, 3,809 resolved)
  • British Columbia: 2,288 confirmed (including 126 deaths, 1,512 resolved)
  • Nova Scotia: 1,007 confirmed (including 44 deaths, 708 resolved)
  • Saskatchewan: 531 confirmed (including six deaths, 329 resolved)
  • Manitoba: 272 confirmed (including seven deaths, 243 resolved), 11 presumptive
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 261 confirmed (including three deaths, 244 resolved)
  • New Brunswick: 120 confirmed (of which 118 resolved)
  • Prince Edward Island: 27 confirmed (of which 26 resolved)
  • Canadian returnees represent 13 confirmed cases, all of which have been resolved
  • Yukon: 11 confirmed, all resolved
  • Northwest Territories: five confirmed, all resolved
  • Nunavut reports no confirmed cases.

Learn more about Thursday’s coverage here.


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