Northern travel ban, lifting of restaurant restrictions in Saskatchewan; India eases lockdown even as virus cases jump into capital


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

7:47 a.m. Dr. Eileen de Villa, a Toronto medical officer of health, will provide an update on COVID-19’s current response to the Health Council at Monday’s meeting. This will include a presentation on indicators that will monitor progress towards COVID-19’s response goals to prevent loss of life, preserve the capacity of the health care system, and minimize the social and economic impacts and broader impacts of COVID-19

7:38 a.m. China has sent a team of 10 doctors to Bangladesh to help hospitals and doctors fight coronavirus as the South Asian nation’s total infections approach nearly 70,000.

The team consists of 10 respiratory doctors selected by the Hainan Provincial Health Commission in China, according to the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka.

Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen was at Dhaka International Airport to receive the team. He said the country was seeking “cooperation and partnership” to deal with the pandemic.

On Monday, the senior health directorate official said that another 42 people died of coronavirus and 2,735 people were infected in the previous 24-hour period, bringing the total number of infections to 68,504.

A total of 930 people have died since the first positive case was confirmed on 8 March.

7:38 a.m. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian says he and his family have recovered from the coronavirus.

Pashinian said on Facebook that he and his family members tested negative Monday for the second time in as many days.

Pashinian announced that he was infected a week ago, adding that he probably contracted the virus from a server who brought him a glass of water at a meeting without wearing gloves and later tested positive for the virus.

To date, Armenia has reported more than 13,000 infections, including 211 deaths, out of a population of nearly 3 million.

6:17 a.m. Private aviation is rebounding faster from the coronavirus pandemic than it did from the 2008 recession, a blow from which it never fully recovered.

The prospect of a V-shaped recovery in private jet flights is supported by a smaller customer base that has remained loyal throughout a decade of cost-cutting business costs. Private jet operators and aircraft manufacturers expect to gain new travellers who need an alternative to pared-back trade routes and want to avoid the higher risk of contracting the virus at crowded airports and planes.

The full impact of the current slowdown was delayed by a first burst of private flights in February and early March, as people rushed to relocate to get the COVID-19 locks out. Now the industry is looking to recover faster than commercial airlines as companies begin to reopen, said Mike Silvestro, CEO of Flexjet, which provides flight services with a fleet of 160 private aircraft.

This crisis “is quite opposite to what we have seen in the past,” Silvestro said. “Private aviation is about to be the beneficiary because of the inherent nature of a safer, more family-friendly and cleaner environment.”

5:42 a.m. Car sales in China rose for the first time in nearly a year last month, evidence that the world’s largest auto market is rebounding from the coronavirus crisis and the trade war with the United States.

Retail sales of cars, SUVs and multi-use vehicles rose 1.9% from a year earlier to 1.64 million units in May, the China Touring Car Association said on Monday. This is the first gain since June 2019.

The government has added stimulus measures such as tax rebates to lure consumers to showrooms, while automakers that shut down operations amid the coronavirus outbreak are now offering generous discounts. The pandemic has exacerbated a slump in sales in its third year, with an economic slowdown, trade tensions and stricter emission standards weighing on demand.

5:41 a.m. With the reopening of shopping malls, places of worship, restaurants and state borders on Monday, some of the last vestiges of the 10-week containment of the Indian coronavirus have disappeared even as the country reported its highest death toll in a day and experts said things would get worse.

In the capital of New Delhi, shoppers applied hand sanitizer and underwent temperature checks before entering the Ambience shopping centre, where a sign read: “Welcome to the way of life you love.”

The doors have also been reopened to the historic Jama Mosque in New Delhi. The water troughs for washing before prayers had been drained, and the carpet was replaced by floor marks encouraging worshippers to practice social distance on their own prayer mats.

Instead of care garlands and other temple offerings, staff at Hanuman Mandir, a famous Hindu temple, gave visitors thermal controls and hand sanitizer.

But a committee of experts warned the New Delhi government that such measures would do little to slow the infection rate, and that it should almost double its capacity of hospital beds by the end of June, as the number of cases requiring treatment is expected to increase.

With cases doubling every two weeks, “we will need 15,000 beds by the end of June,” the head of the committee, Dr. Mahesh Verma, wrote to the government.

About a quarter of New Delhi’s 83 hospitals treating COVID-19 patients were full Monday afternoon, according to an online dashboard managed by the government. About half of the city’s 512 available fans were used.

The figures exceeded 28,000 in the capital, limiting health resources.

5:32 a.m. The Florida Women’s Prison, which has seen the most positive coronavirus tests among inmates at any state facility, receives donations of essential supplies, such as toilet paper and face masks, from a group of former prisoners.

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Last month, the non-profit organization Change Comes Now donated nearly 3,000 rolls of toilet paper, about 1,500 bars of antibacterial soap, more than 2,000 disposable medical masks and 10,000 gloves, as well as cleaning supplies, to homestead Correctional Facility in Miami-Dade County.

The group had heard for weeks that the prison was struggling to meet the needs of women and staff during the pandemic, according to Debra Bennett, executive director of the nonprofit.

“We couldn’t sit back and wait for the administration to take care of them,” said Bennett, who served time at Homestead CI. “They don’t have what we need.”

Nearly 300 inmate tests at Homestead CI have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, the most of any state prison as of Thursday, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

4 a.m. People living in northern Saskatchewan can start traveling to the area on Monday, and others can go to their cottages in the area.

The province is lifting a travel ban on non-essential travel in the North, which was imposed due to an outbreak of COVID-19.

More and more businesses are also allowed to open, including places of worship, personal care services such as nail salons and tattoo parlors, as well as gymnasiums.

Restaurants and bars will be allowed to open at half capacity, with physical distances between tables.

Daycare centres can also open to up to 15 children.

Crowds are also allowed to get a little bigger, as the collection limit of 10 people increases to 15 people inside and 30 people outside.

Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Saqib Shahab, said this third step in the province’s reopening plan is important.

Health officials will continue to monitor the number of cases and the spread of the virus before moving forward with the easing ofe more rules.

Sunday 7:12 p.m.: As New York City prepares to reopen after a more than two-month-old coronavirus shutdown, authorities on Sunday lifted a curfew that was in place amid protests of police brutality and racial injustice. But they also called for the protesters to be tested for COVID-19.

“Get a test. Take a test,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told those who attended rallies and marches in memory of George Floyd.

He said the state would open 15 test sites dedicated to protesters so they could get results quickly.

“I’d act like you’re exposed, and I’ll tell people you’re interacting with it, let’s assume I’m positive for the virus,” Cuomo said.

The appeal is similar to those launched in Seattle, San Francisco and Atlanta following mass protests, with free tests for protesters.

5:38 p.m.: Ontario’s regional health units report their biggest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases in more than two weeks after more than 250 cases that were not reported to Toronto Public Health by a local hospital network were added to the city’s tally on Sunday.

Of the 476 new cases reported across the province since the same period Saturday, 267 are the result of a delay reported by the William Osler health care system involving previously identified infections that occurred in April and May, the City of Toronto said in a press release.

Earlier this month, the province apologized after 485 positive tests, most of them from the Etobicoke General Hospital Assessment Centre, were not reported. local public health units.


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