Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you should know this evening.
- Friday, most of Ontario, except Toronto area, will advance to Stage 3
- Trudeau says federal wage subsidy for businesses will be extended until at least December
- Canada-US border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least August 21, sources say
In Canada, there has been at least 108 091 reported cases. Last week 2,157 new cases have been announced, 4 percent less than the week before. There has also been at least 71 802 recoveries and 8 788 death. Health officials administered more than 3,430,133 tests.
In the world, there has been at least 12 910 357 confirmed cases and 569 128 reported deaths.
Sources: Canadian data are compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins and COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data are from Johns Hopkins University.
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Over 80 of the world’s super-rich have signed an open letter calling for a permanent wealth tax to fund COVID-19’s relief efforts.
- “Unlike tens of millions of people around the world, we don’t have to worry about losing our jobs, our homes or our ability to support our families,” said the group.
- The super-rich group said it had a “huge debt” to the world’s essential workers who are “largely underpaid.”
The global economy is expected to contract 3.6% this year. The fallout from the health crisis could increase global poverty by 8% and drive 130 million people into chronic hunger.
Coronavirus in Canada
- The most of Ontario – but not Toronto, Peel or Windsor – will enter stage 3 of the reopening this Friday, allowing restaurants, gymnasiums and playgrounds to reopen, and the size of gatherings to increase. On Sunday, 129 new cases and three additional deaths were reported.
- In British Columbia, the Nuu-chah-nulth, the Heiltsuk Nation and the Haida Nation will keep their borders closed to tourists and non-residents, despite the economic impact. “Our managers said, our leaders said, people before the economy,” said a leader.
- A health worker Prince Edward Island tested positive, the eighth new case in the province last week.
In Ottawa, the government announced an extension of the federal wage subsidy program until december.
- As of July 6, the program had paid $ 18.01 billion to 252,370 businesses.
- Last week’s economic update increased the program budget to $ 82.3 billion.
- Initially, the program was a key tool to help cushion the economic blow from COVID-19, but the program’s budget dropped as more workers accessed the Canadian emergency response benefit.
- Last week, the Minister of Finance suggested that the government aim to move people from CERB to the salary program.
“We must reduce the brakes on growth,” said Finance Minister Bill Morneau last week. “We need to make sure that the grant is tailored to the challenges that companies face in rehiring and getting people back to work.”
Also today: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized for failing to recuse himself from the cabinet decision to award WE Charity the now canceled contract to administer a $ 900 million scholarship program.
COVID-19 and migrant workers: The federal government did not apply rules to employers of migrant farm workers during the pandemic.
- Watch: Global coronavirus cases have surpassed 13 million today and the WHO has warned that the pandemic will worsen if countries do not follow strict healthcare precautions.
- More than 200 US universities support court challenge to new Trump administration restriction that says international students can’t stay in the WE if they take all their online courses this fall.
- Thousands of Italians died after contracting COVID-19, and grieving families came together to demand government accounts for the rapid spread of the virus in the country.
- Disney announced the closure of its Hong Kong Disneyland theme park from July 15 amid growing cases of coronavirus in the Chinese-run city, the company said.
Coronavirus and business
Four of Canada’s banks collect hundreds of millions of dollars in fees to help distribute U.S. government aid to small businesses, sums that outweigh the more modest compensation paid to banks by the Canadian government for a similar relief program in the event of a disaster. pandemic.
- Branches of major Canadian banks in the United States are among thousands of lenders providing loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, launched by the US Small Business Administration to channel up to US $ 660 billion to businesses.
- To keep credit flowing quickly, the United States government offers banks a generous processing fee of up to 5% to the banks that manage the loans.
To date, American banks have collectively lent at least US $ 520 billion through the P3, and the Toronto-Dominion Bank has been the most active Canadian lender. Its US subsidiary, TD Bank, has already accrued processing fees ranging from $ 238 million to $ 398 million this year.
Total cost recovery costs earned to date by all Canadian banks and credit unions that helped distribute 690,000 small business loans worth $ 27.6 billion through the Canada Account Canada’s emergency firm could total up to $ 110 million.
Opinion of the globe
- André Picard: “Now, the ubiquity of beer, wine and spirits in our daily lives has become another twist in the history of COVID-19. First, governments viewed liquor and beer stores as essential services. “
- Robert Rotberg: “Blinded by their love for themselves, Presidents Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump mocked science and let COVID-19 cause thousands of unnecessary deaths across Brazil and the United States. “
- Michael Pal: “Is it possible to conduct elections safely during a pandemic? This is the issue facing democracies around the world because of COVID-19 – and countries are facing it with mixed results. “
For the summer cook: How to prepare the perfect summer salad?
- Use different combinations of lettuce and other ingredients and add a vinaigrette that improves but does not drown green vegetables.
- Try to prepare a batch of salad dressing each week to keep in the refrigerator. Here’s what you need to know about each type of vinegar and the most nutritious lettuce, or opt for this asparagus salad with arugula.
And: When is the best time to have dinner for your metabolism?
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