Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- For a cohort of survivors who describe themselves as long-haul, the use of the term ‘recovered’ fails to recognize that it takes months for some patients to return to normal
- ‘There is no comparison to any other disease’: four COVID-19 survivors describe their experiences
- Alberta schools to open to full-time students this fall, government is expected to announce
In Canada, there have been at least 111 667 reported cases. Last week 3 181 new cases have been announced, 37 percent more than the previous week. There was also at least 97 729 recoveries and 8 862 death. Health officials have administered more than 3 814 517 tests.
All over the world there have been at least 14 703 293 confirmed cases and 609 887 reported deaths.
Sources: Canada’s data is compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins, and the COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data is from Johns Hopkins University.
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Retail sales jumped 18.7 percent in May from April, Statistics Canada said today.
- If preliminary data showing an increase in June retail sales of 24.5 percent is correct, retail sales will only decline 0.4 percent from February’s figures. In March, retail sales fell 10 percent, followed by a 26.7 percent drop in April – the lowest point of the recession.
- Economists have warned that retail sales are “supported by huge government income support programs” like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, which is expected to end at the end of September. Employment figures from June are still nearly 1.8 million below pre-pandemic levels.
- The increase in retail sales is not positive in all areas: Statscan noted that “distortions remain” in spending habits. For example, spending in the travel, leisure and entertainment industries continues to decline, while sales in grocery and hardware stores are up sharply.
Coronavirus in Canada
- In Alberta, the government said students should plan to return to class under “near normal” conditions despite a recent increase in cases. The government had previously proposed three reopening scenarios.
- If coronavirus cases do not increase British Columbia, the backlog of 32,400 surgeries will be eliminated in 15 months as part of the “ambitious” plan of the province. The province must hire six more judges to clear the backlog as courts begin to gradually reopen.
- Ontario reported 203 cases on Tuesday – the highest daily number of cases since June. Fifty-seven percent of new cases are people under the age of 39. Premier Doug Ford has said that young people who fail to follow health guidelines put their families at risk. Advocates in Toronto say the tents are needed for homeless people to find safe shelter amid the pandemic, as at least 628 shelter residents have tested positive.
- Manitoba said he could ease restrictions as early as Sunday. Some businesses, including casinos and cinemas, could reopen at limited capacity, and the cap for indoor and outdoor gatherings would be increased.
- Québec reported 180 cases on Tuesday – the highest number of confirmed cases since June 12. Just over half of the cases have been reported in Montreal.
In Ottawa, Clerk of the Privy Council Ian Shugart has pledged to release all documents relevant to a committee investigation into the government’s decision to outsource the management of a $ 912 million student volunteer program to WE Charity.
- The senior government official also said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau should be involved in such an important program decision despite conflict of interest concerns.
- Shugart said the civil service did not raise any red flags with WE’s finances during the talks.
- Shugart also committed to publishing the contribution agreement between the federal government and WE Charity.
Long-haul COVID-19: « [The doctor] I wrote “COVID resolved” in my file as I was literally lying there writhing in pain from the morphine, ”recalls Becca Blackwood. “So basically recovered means not dead.” For some COVID-19 survivors, the symptoms – like fatigue, heartbeat, difficulty breathing – persist for months after a positive test result.
Today also: Four COVID-19 survivors describe their experiences.
And: COVID-19 will likely make it too dangerous for MPs to gather in large numbers when the House of Commons is due to resume regular business in September, the committee that oversees the functioning of the House said today.
Coronavirus in the world
- The World Health Organization says it faces a “serious funding gap” to tackle new Ebola outbreak in remote corners of the north Congo in the midst of the pandemic.
- After a grueling four-day summit, European Union The leaders signed a “historic” stimulus package that will see the bloc issue 750 billion euros ($ 1.16 trillion) in joint debt to help member countries repair their pandemic-stricken economies.
- in the WE, Republican governors in Florida, Georgia and Texas clashed with local officials over tighter restrictions as they faced disease outbreaks. California has exceeded 400,000 cases, nearly exceeding New York’s total.
- A possible vaccine developed by Great Britain The University of Oxford could be deployed by the end of 2020, but there is no certainty, the lead vaccine developer said on Tuesday.
Coronavirus and business
CN’s second-quarter revenues fell 19% and profits fell 59%, the company reported today.
- The CEO of the company described the three months ending June 30 as the “most difficult quarter of his career.”
- CN responded to the economic downturn by laying off 21 percent of its workforce, idling 700 locomotives and 20,000 railcars and closing freight yards.
- CN’s stock price on the TSX recovered from a market crash in March and rose 10% this year.
Today also: Canadian gold miner Iamgold will resume operations in Suriname.
Also: LinkedIn cuts its workforce by 6%
Gary Mason: “Few of the provincial leaders have benefited from the kind of pandemic-related popular support surge that BC NDP Premier John Horgan is enjoying.
Globe Editorial: “Ottawa’s decision to send the Blue Jays on an unlimited road trip highlights all the ways Canada is still not ready to protect itself from renewed waves and allow the economy and society to reopen safely and remain open.
Eric Reguly: “The opposing European leaders, with the pandemic gun in their heads, have re-thought joint debt in particular and stimulus packages in general, and what they produced was unprecedented.”
Peter A. Singer: “The value of WHO is not just limited to the strength of this international response. There are also direct and practical benefits that support the efforts of federal, provincial and local public health officials, as well as decision-makers right here in Canada.
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