Today’s coronavirus news: the EU is preparing a list of countries whose nationals will be allowed to travel from Wednesday; India announces new daily record of nearly 20,000 new infections


The last 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.

6:13 a.m .: All three levels of government must “turn around” and quickly create new housing for the homeless in Toronto before the second planned wave of COVID-19, said the executive director of a city community health center .

Angela Robertson, Executive Director of the Parkdale Queen West Community Health Center and co-chair of the COVID-19 Homeless and Shelter Task Force in the Toronto Area, says governments must quickly move to a short-term strategy to housing for the homeless. This strategy should include reinvestment in the construction of new affordable housing, the transformation of existing vacant buildings into affordable housing and the investment in the creation of new rooming houses and supportive housing.

“We have seen what the political will and commitment can do in the immediate short term to respond to the challenges that COVID has brought to our communities, to the economy,” says Robertson, referring, for example, to the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which provides temporary income to those who lost their jobs during the pandemic.

Read the full story from Star’s Housing reporter Donovan Vincent here.

6 a.m .: Canadian Blood Services is preparing to begin testing for COVID-19 antibodies in the coming weeks, contributing to a large pan-Canadian study to determine the number of people infected with the disease.

Chantale Pambrun, director of the Canadian Blood Services Innovation Center, said the organization joined the COVID-19 immunity working group in the spring. The task force was created by the federal government to coordinate efforts to understand immunity and includes researchers from across the country.

Blood banks have kept samples of people who have donated in the past few months, which they can quickly test to inform the task force, writes the Star’s May’s Warren.

5:15 a.m .: Fans of South Korean professional sports may be required to wear masks and discouraged from shouting or eating food when they return to the stands in the coming weeks.

Jung Eun-kyeong, director of the South Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that such measures were under discussion as health officials and the Ministry of Sports worked out plans for spectators to return. sport. The plans could be announced as early as this week.

Jeong said it would be crucial for the leagues to respect the distance between the fans. Attendance limits could be relaxed as the country’s anti-virus efforts progress. The professional baseball and soccer leagues of South Korea resumed operations in May without spectators.

Discussions about the return of fans come despite a resurgence of the virus in the Seoul region. South Korea reported 42 new infections on Monday, and authorities plan to tighten social restrictions if the epidemic continues to grow.

5:05 a.m .: The European Union is preparing a list of 15 countries whose nationals will be allowed to visit the block from Wednesday, Spanish Foreign Minister Aranch Gonzalez Laya told Cadena SER radio.

The resurgence of cases in the United States means that the Americans may not be on this list. Gonzalez Laya said countries will be chosen based on their coronavirus status and the reliability of their data, she said.

“It is not an exercise to be pleasant or hostile to other countries, it is an exercise in self-responsibility,” she said. She confirmed that Spain would reopen its borders with Portugal despite the increase in infections in that country.

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4:58 a.m .: India has reported a new daily record of nearly 20,000 new infections as several Indian states reimpose partial or complete blockages to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Indian Ministry of Health recorded 548,318 total cases of COVID-19 on Monday, a jump of nearly 100,000 cases in a week in the fourth most affected country in the world after the United States, Brazil and Russia . The death toll in India has reached 16,475, while 321,723 patients have recovered from the disease.

The capital district of northeastern Assam State, on the border with Bangladesh, reimposed a complete lockdown until July 12 following an increase in the number of cases. Another border state, West Bengal, extended its lockout until July 31.

4 h: Health officials are using a saliva test while fighting a coronavirus epidemic in Australia’s second city. The test appears to be less accurate than the nasal swab but is a more comfortable option.

Victoria State Health Director Brett Sutton said the situation in Melbourne was “a real challenge now”, in part because the better situation elsewhere in Australia made it more difficult to tell people to stay alert .

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said Monday that 75 people have tested positive in the state in the past 24 hours. She said the saliva test was used for the first time in a Melbourne suburb hot spot on Sunday. The research saliva tests were only 87% as accurate as the nasal swab because the saliva contained less virus than the throat, said Sharon Lewin, director of the Doherty Institute in Melbourne, who developed the saliva test used .

Sunday 10:30 p.m. The number of COVID-19 cases active in a condominium building in Calgary prompted provincial authorities to change the regional classification of the region over the weekend from “open” to “monitor”.

According to Alberta Health, more than 60,000 people live in Calgary Center and there are 34 active cases there – all of which spokespersons Karin Campbell says are associated with Verve Condominiums. According to the Alberta Health website, a watch is issued when there are at least 10 active cases in an area and there are more than 50 active cases per 100,000 people, and it indicates that Calgary Center is a little more than 51.4 cases.

He said that in a vigil, the province “is monitoring the risk and is talking to local governments and other community leaders about the possible need for additional health care.” The next higher level is improved, where “risk levels require strengthened public health measures to control the spread”.

Campbell says there have been 45 cases associated with the condominium and that 11 of them have recovered.

Alberta reported 39 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, but no new deaths. There are 216 active cases in the Calgary area.

Click here to learn more about Sunday’s cover.


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