Cases continue to climb in India, in African countries; Michael Ford Becomes First Toronto Advisor To Test Positive For COVID-19


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

6.15 a.m .: The number of coronavirus cases in India continued to increase rapidly on Wednesday, with authorities reporting nearly 10,000 new cases in the past 24 hours.

The spike occurred as the government moved ahead with the reopening of restaurants, malls and religious places in most of its states after it closed for more than two months.

The government has already partially restored rail services and domestic flights and has authorized the reopening of stores and manufacturing. Subways, hotels and schools and colleges, however, remain closed nationwide.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health reported an increase of 24,985 cases and 274 deaths over 24 hours. India recorded 276,583 positive cases, the fifth highest in the world, and 7,745 deaths.

The actual numbers are believed to be high enough, as elsewhere in the world, for a number of reasons such as limited testing.

6:11 a.m .: Coronavirus cases in Africa have exceeded 200,000.

This is according to the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The continent of 54 nations has 202,782 cases and 5,516 deaths.

While Africa still accounts for a small percentage of the total COVID-19 cases worldwide, well below 5%, officials in South Africa and elsewhere have expressed concern as the number of infections continues to rise. ‘increase.

South Africa leads the continent with 52,991 cases, nearly two-thirds of which are in the Western Cape province centered on the city of Cape Town.

Egypt has 36,829 cases and Nigeria 13,644.

6:10 a.m .: Germany is extending its travel warning for more than 160 countries outside Europe until the end of August.

The government agreed on Wednesday to extend the guidelines introduced on March 17 due to the coronavirus pandemic to almost all non-EU countries, except for some that have successfully contained the epidemic.

Last week, Germany lowered its travel warning for the rest of the 27 EU countries, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Britain.

4:00 a.m .: The latest figures for confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases in Canada at 4 a.m. (ET) on June 10, 2020:

There are 96,653 confirmed and suspected cases in Canada.

– Quebec: 53,185 confirmed (including 5,029 deaths, 19,361 resolved)

– Ontario: 31,090 confirmed (including 2,464 deaths, 24,829 resolved)

– Alberta: 7,229 confirmed (including 151 deaths, 6,722 resolved)

– British Columbia: 2,669 confirmed (including 167 deaths, 2,319 resolved)

– Nova Scotia: 1,060 confirmed (including 62 deaths, 999 resolved)

– Saskatchewan: 656 confirmed (including 13 deaths, 624 resolved)

– Manitoba: 289 confirmed (including 7 deaths, 285 resolved), 11 presumptive

– Newfoundland and Labrador: 261 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 256 resolved)

– New Brunswick: 147 confirmed (including 1 death, 121 resolved)

– Prince Edward Island: 27 confirmed (including 27 resolved)

– Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)

– Yukon: 11 confirmed (including 11 resolved)

– Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)

– Nunavut: no confirmed cases

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Total: 96,653 (11 presumptive, 96,642 confirmed including 7,897 deaths, 55,572 resolved)

4:00 a.m .: The non-partisan spirit that enabled Parliament to quickly pass emergency legislation during the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be coming to an abrupt end today.

And that could leave a number of promised measures in limbo, including benefits for Canadians with disabilities and expanding the wage subsidy program to include seasonal workers and some additional businesses.

The latest Trudeau government bill – which would also impose sanctions on fraudulent claims for Canada’s emergency response benefit – appears to have no support among the major opposition parties.

Without unanimous consent, the government will not be able to pass the bill this afternoon after only a few hours of debate, as it has done with four previous pandemic bills.

Tuesday 7:15 p.m .: Michael Ford is the first Toronto city councilor to test positive for COVID-19.

The 26-year-old representative from North Etobicoke North, nephew of Prime Minister Doug Ford, confirmed his diagnosis in a statement on Tuesday.

“This morning, I was informed that I had a positive COVID-19 test result,” he wrote. “I am self-isolated and will continue to do so for the next 14 days while I work from home to participate virtually in city business and committee meetings, and to continue serving the residents of Etobicoke -North.

“I feel good and will continue to stay in constant touch with Toronto Public Health.”

Ford did not say what motivated the test or whether he knows how he got infected. He didn’t immediately call the Star on Tuesday night.

The youngest member of the council, he was elected at 22 in 2016 and the neighborhood that was previously owned by his late uncle Rob Ford.

Read the full story of the Star’s David’s Rider.

Tuesday 6:20 p.m .: Ontario regional health units reported fewer than 300 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday as the average of daily cases reported in the province fell to the lowest level since before the epidemic began in April, according to the last count of the Star.

Since last Tuesday, Ontario has seen an average of 348 cases reported each day, the lowest of any seven-day period since April 2, a period in which the number of cases continued to increase rapidly before the worst weeks of the pandemic in Province.

The rate of new cases has even dropped, including almost 300 old but unreported infections that were added to the count this week several days after they were initially unreported to Toronto public health.

As of 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, health units had reported a total of 32,894 confirmed and probable cases, including 2,519 deaths, for a total of 282 new cases since Monday evening – a relatively low total for one day.

And, as was the case this month, the vast majority of new infections have occurred in the Greater Toronto Area. The five health units in the region registered a total of 214 new cases; the rest of Ontario reported 68.

The 12 new fatal cases reported on Monday were also down from recent trends and considerably lower than the height of the pandemic from late April to early May, when the province recorded up to 90 deaths in one day.

Earlier on Tuesday, the province also announced that 600 patients are now hospitalized with COVID-19, including 116 in intensive care, including 88 on ventilators – a number that has dropped sharply since early May.

The province says its data is correct at 4 p.m. the day before. The province also warns that its latest total death count – 2,464 – may be incomplete or out of date due to delays in the reporting system, saying that if there is a discrepancy, “the data reported by (the health units) should be considered the most up to date. ”

The star rating includes some patients who are reported to have “probable” COVID-19, which means they have symptoms and contacts or a travel history that indicates they are most likely to have the disease, but have not yet received a positive laboratory test.


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