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.
8:10 a.m. Toronto Mayor John Tory announced the Toronto Islands will be open again on Saturday. Ferry resumed service that day. Ferry service to the islands had been limited to residents only. Toronto is now officially in Phase 2.
7:28 a.m. The University of Oxford said testing for coronavirus infection could become faster and more accurate after launching a multi-center national research program to assess how new diagnostic tests perform in hospitals, practices and nursing homes.
The National COVID-19 for DiagnOstic, Research and Evaluation of the Platform, or CONDOR, will create a single route organization for the evaluation of new diagnostic tests in hospitals and in community care settings, according to a press release published on the university website on Tuesday morning.
The research program aims to bring together experts who are “very experienced in the evaluation of diagnostic tests and in producing the solid evidence necessary” for a test to be used in the UK National Survey Health Service.
Conducted jointly by the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, the program will put the number of tests developed by the life sciences industry to detect current coronavirus infection or to find out if anyone has ever been infected through their footsteps in the hospital, general practice and home care.
7:26 a.m. New viruses in the case denied on Wednesday to China and its capital, Beijing, where nearly two weeks of spike appear to be firmly on the wane.
A total of 12 cases were reported across the country, compared to 22 the day before. Beijing had seven cases, down from 13. There have been two cases in neighboring Hebei Province and three that have been brought in from abroad.
No new deaths were reported and 359 people were still on treatment for COVID-19, with another 118 in the follow-up and positive test isolation, with no symptoms, or suspected cases.
China has reported 4,634 deaths from 83,430 cases since the virus was first detected in downtown China’s Wuhan late last year.
Beijing’s continuing epidemic has exceeded 250 cases, virtually all of which relate to the city’s largest wholesale market, and has led to bans in certain neighborhoods and the closure of recently re-opened schools.
About 2.4 million people were tested in 11 days, more than 10% of the city’s population, more than 400 health workers were brought to other provinces to triple the city’s ability tests. 300,000 samples a day, authorities said on Wednesday.
7 a.m. The governor’s Sicily says 28 migrants who were rescued at sea have tested positive for the coronavirus, confirming a further complication in Italy’s efforts to manage waves of smuggled migrants across the Mediterranean from Africa.
The migrants take place on a ship from Porto Empedocle, where they are quarantined after being saved.
Sicily Governor Nello Musumeci said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that the positive tests confirmed that he was entitled to the special request at sea quarantine measures for migrants to prevent new clusters from forming in Italy , the only European in the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Positive tests come as an Italian parliamentary committee, is visiting Porto Empedocle specifically to check on migrants and health care issues.
Summer is traditionally the peak season for migrants, smugglers operating in anarchy in Libya, and officials predicted an increase in efforts to reach Europe with easing emergency health in Italy and the resumption of humanitarian activities to rescue ships in the Mediterranean.
6:10 a.m .: You can finally get a haircut, eat at the patio restaurant, or visit malls in Toronto and the Region of Peel for the first time in 13 weeks on Wednesday, as they reach most of Ontario, entering Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan.
The province announced on Monday that more businesses and services are being allowed to open with appropriate public health measures in place.
Restaurants and bars will be open for delivery, take-out and outdoor dining alone, according to the City of Toronto. The shopping centers will be open, but you will have to go elsewhere to enjoy the courtyard of the food dining spaces will be prohibited.
Personal care services like hair salons, hairstyling, nails, tattoos and cosmetic services are allowed to open. Although you will have to deal with pampering like facials and beard trim a little longer.
Recreational and cultural spaces are also allowed to reopen, including water recreational services like an indoor and outdoor pool and splash pads. Community centers reopen for “a very limited number of modified uses,” the City says, including some outdoor sports and recreational activities. Campgrounds, museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and heritage institutions are also reopening. What are libraries with few on-site services, film and television production, tours and guide services.
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6:05 a.m .: New coronavirus cases in the US have peaked in two months and are now back to where they were at the height of the epidemic.
The US on Tuesday reported 34,700 new cases of the virus, according to a count compiled by Johns Hopkins University, which was released on Wednesday. There were only two days before that the United States reported several cases: April 9 and April 24, when a record of 36,400 cases were recorded.
New cases in the United States have been a jump of more than a week after the downward trend for more than six weeks. While early hotspots like New York and New Jersey have seen cases declining steadily, the virus has been hitting the south and west. Several states on Tuesday set records in one day, including Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada and Texas.
Cases have also been surging in other parts of the world. India reported a daily registration increase of nearly 16,000 new cases. In Mexico, where screening rates have been low, also set a record with more than 6,200 new cases.
But China seems to have tamed a new epidemic of the virus in Beijing, once again demonstrating its ability to quickly mobilize vast resources by testing nearly 2.5 million people in 11 days.
Tuesday 7 a.m .: The owner of a farm where some 199 migrant workers tested positive for COVID-19 says that his operation diligently followed public health guides to prevent an epidemic, and has already been rewarded for providing quality accommodation for workers migrants.
In an interview with The Star on Tuesday, Scotlynn Producers President Scott Biddle said the local health department has “always used it as an example for other farmers to be doing.”
“We are building housing for one hundred percent of men this year,” Biddle said the Star, adding that the new housing will be larger than is currently required by Health Canada on behalf of possible federal changes, the quality of housing.
The comments come after a Star investigation revealed a story of complaints to Scotlynn by Mexican migrant workers over poor housing conditions and other concerns.
In reports for the Mexican Ministry of Labor between 2016 and 2018, workers described overcrowded dormitories, bedbug infestations, and, sometimes, failure to receive medical care on time. Scotlynn received 33 complaints during the two-year period, the highest number of all Canadian farms.
On Saturday, 55, father of four Juan López Chaparro, who worked at Scotlynn, died after the COVID-19 fighting, for three weeks.
Read the full story of Sara Mojtehedzadeh here.
Tuesday 6:50 a.m .: Canada Could Avoid A Second Wave Of Coronavirus If It Learns Lessons From South Korea And Taiwan, And Attacks On Testing, Monitoring And Treatment Of COVID-19 Case Studies “Dynamic” Removal From The get-go, Deputies heard on Tuesday.
This means that with the economy of reopening, communities must be prepared to reimpose physical distancing and socially restrictive measures periodically with spikes in disease activity in order to contain epidemics and allow economic revitalization to continue, Asaph Young Chun, the head of the Korea Statistical Research Institute, told the House of Commons health committee.
These “nonpharmaceutical” interventions are the best “exit strategy” from COVID-19 bans, he says.
Two American health experts said South Korea and Taiwan have shown the way for other countries to follow, but they have warned against reopening too quickly, even to its neighbors, the United States.
Read the full story of Tonda MacCharles here.