The City of Toronto is spraying paint circles at Trinity Bellwoods Park to encourage physical remoteness; Trudeau to co-host UN summit on pandemic response


The last new coronavirus news from Canada and around the world on Thursday (this file will be updated throughout the day). Web links to longer stories if available.

8:45 a.m .: The City of Toronto is hosting spray paint circles at Trinity Bellwoods Park this morning to encourage people to practice physical distance.

The city said thousands of people gathered in downtown Toronto’s park last Saturday, and that many people broke the rules of expulsion.

Circles, used in other cities to help people use the parks while keeping infection rates low, “will ensure compliance in a place where we absolutely need to do better,” said Mayor John Tory on Wednesday.

8:15 a.m .: South Korea reported its biggest jump in coronavirus cases in more than 50 days on Thursday, a resurgence that health officials are warning increasingly difficult to track and risks erasing some of the hard-won gains from the country.

The Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 67 of the 79 new cases reported came from the Seoul metropolitan area, where about half of the 51 million people living in South Korea live.

Following an emergency meeting, the government has decided to close public facilities such as parks, museums and state-run theaters in the metropolitan area over the next two weeks to slow the spread of the disease. virus.

Authorities also advised private tutoring schools and computer game fairs in the region to close during the period or apply anti-virus measures.

7.53 a.m .: Japanese automaker Nissan plans to close auto plants in Spain and Indonesia after sinking into the red for the first time in 11 years as the pandemic crushes global demand and disrupts production.

Nissan general manager Yokohama-based Makoto Uchida said Thursday his European production will be concentrated in his British factory in Sunderland.

Manufacturing, now based in Indonesia, will be transferred to Thailand, with the Japanese automaker cutting global production by 20%.

7:18 a.m .: TD Bank Group announced that its provisions for credit losses increased to almost $ 3.22 billion in the second quarter, while it posted nearly $ 1.52 billion in profit.

The bank’s loan loss provisions were up from $ 633 million in the same quarter last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic tore the economy apart.

TD says earnings for the quarter totaled 80 cents per diluted share, down from $ 3.17 billion or $ 1.70 per diluted share a year ago.

On an adjusted basis, the bank reports that it earned 85 cents per share in its last quarter, compared to $ 1.75 in the same quarter last year.

Analysts on average expected adjusted earnings of 89 cents per share for the quarter, according to financial market data firm Refinitiv.

7:17 a.m .: The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula 1 race canceled this season due to the coronavirus pandemic, after organizers decided on Thursday not to welcome it without spectators.

It was to be the first Dutch GP since 1985, but F1 wants to start the season without spectators at the races.

The other races canceled this year were the Australian GP opening season on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the GP of France on June 28.

5:50 a.m .: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will co-host a major United Nations conference today to develop a coordinated global response to mitigate the devastating social and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unless countries now come together to coordinate a recovery plan, the UN estimates the pandemic could reduce the global economy by nearly $ 8.5 trillion in the next two years, forcing 34.3 million people in extreme poverty this year and potentially 130 million more. over the decade.

Trudeau is co-hosting the four-hour virtual conference with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

More than 50 heads of state and government will participate, including German Angela Merkel and France Emmanuel Macron, as well as representatives from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the private sector.

5:45 a.m .: Some municipalities are concerned that they may be caught in the middle of a persistent stalemate between the federal and Ontario governments over a package of assistance for hard-hit civic services, as an urgent request for financial assistance goes unanswered.

Cam Guthrie, Mayor of Guelph, who also chairs the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario, said that municipalities in the province made an urgent appeal to the province and the federal government about a month ago on the financial situation disastrous in which they are found. .

5:40 a.m .: The spirit of Team Canada that prevailed among the premiers during the COVID-19 crisis will be put to the test today as Justin Trudeau discusses with the premiers two subjects that clearly fall under provincial jurisdiction: the operation of long-term care homes and sickness benefits. leave for workers.

The Prime Minister promised federal support in both areas, but his offer met with mixed reactions from provincial and territorial leaders.

He also promised to raise the issue this evening during his eleventh conference call with the premiers.

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5:30 a.m .: A Manitoba chief says his community will hold its annual powwow next month, even though provincial public health orders continue to limit the size of public rallies.

“It’s our culture,” said Cornell McLean of Lake Manitoba First Nation.

Thousands of people generally travel across the country to dance and reconnect during the powwow season. This year, most traditional gatherings have been canceled or delayed due to concerns about the new coronavirus or due to restrictions on the number of people who can gather.

Two months ago, Lake Manitoba was one of the first reserves in the province to restrict movement inside and outside the community, about 160 kilometers north of Winnipeg. Many other First Nations have followed suit. McLean said there have been no cases of COVID-19 in the area.

He said it had been difficult for many residents as they faced the stress of isolation, financial constraints and worries about their families. Some have turned to alcohol or drugs, he said.

He believes that the organized powwow will bring healing.

“This is important because we are trying to … start this healing process for our members. “

Wednesday 6:24 p.m .: The United States passed a milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday: 100,000 dead.

This number is the best estimate and certainly an undercoverage. But this is the harsh reality that more Americans have died from the virus than the wars in Vietnam and Korea combined.

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 5.6 million people and killed more than 350,000 people, with the United States having by far the most confirmed cases and deaths, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University. Europe has registered around 170,000 deaths, while the United States has reached more than 100,000 in less than four months.

In late March, the United States overshadowed China with 3,500 dead. Today, the United States has not only the highest total death toll, but also the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world, accounting for more than 30% of the global total.

Wednesday 6 p.m .: Ontario regional health units report a second day in a row with less than 400 new COVID-19 infections, according to the Star’s latest count.

Starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Ontario regional health units reported a total of 28,130 confirmed and probable cases, including 2,246 deaths.

The total of 321 new confirmed and probable cases reported since the same time on Tuesday evening was again below an upward trend which last week saw the health unit report a series of days with more than 400 new cases.

This upward trend in infections has not been felt in the province as well. The daily number of new cases has fallen outside the GTA in the past two weeks. Meanwhile, numbers within the region have rebounded after falling from last month’s peak rates.

Wednesday’s count includes 152 new cases in Toronto and 82 others in the Peel region; together, the two health units accounted for almost three-quarters of the province’s new infections.

Meanwhile, the 28 fatal cases reported in the province since Monday evening were in line with a recent flat trend. However, the death rate has dropped considerably since it peaked at more than 90 deaths a day earlier this month, about two weeks after the daily total of cases peaked in mid-April.

Learn more about Wednesday’s coverage here.


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