The last coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Tuesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
7 h 19 China Strives To Make Land Claims In Regional Seas And Even Uses Coronavirus Pandemic To Extend Influence And Take Strategic Superiority, Greater Threat To Japan And Region, Japanese Government Says .
Report outlining government defense priorities was adopted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office on Tuesday, less than a day after the Trump administration squarely rejected almost all of Beijing’s major maritime claims at sea from South China in a press release likely to deepen American-Chinese relations. crevasse.
The Abe government’s 2020 Defense White Paper highlights potential threats from China and North Korea as Japan attempts to further increase its defense capabilities. Under Abe, Japan steadily increased its budget and defense capabilities and bought expensive American arsenals.
Defense Minister Taro Kono recently abandoned the deployment of a pair of expensive American land missile interception systems due to technical problems, and Abe quickly announced plans to revise Japan’s defense directives, possibly allowing -being in Japan to go beyond its traditional role of defending only the security alliance between Japan and the United States, in particular by discussing the possibility of acquiring a preventive strike capacity.
The White Paper accused China of propaganda, including spreading disinformation, about the spread of the coronavirus.
“The COVID-19 pandemic can expose and intensify strategic competition between countries that intend to create international and regional orders more preferable to themselves and expand their influence,” said the report. “We must closely monitor their move with serious concern for national security.”
6 h 10 The British government will demand that people wear face covers in stores as it seeks to clarify its message after weeks of prevarication amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to tell the House of Commons on Tuesday that anyone who violates the order could be fined. The order takes effect on July 24, giving stores and police time to prepare.
Many European countries, including Germany, Spain, Italy and Greece, already require that masks be worn in enclosed spaces.
Britain, which has reported one of the highest cases and deaths of coronaviruses in the world, has taken a more relaxed attitude, recommending masks but not requiring them – at least so far.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who in the spring spent a week in hospital receiving treatment for COVID-19, was only seen in public under a mask last week. Monday morning he urged people to wear them. On Monday evening, his government announced that it would be mandatory.
5:35 a.m .: Vice President Mike Pence travels to Louisiana on Tuesday, which has once again become one of the country’s hotspots for coronavirus just months after appearing to contain its epidemic.
The Republican Vice President was scheduled to meet with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, members of the Congress delegation, and state health officials to discuss the state’s response to COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus.
Pence’s visit comes as confirmed cases of virus in Louisiana, percentage of positive tests and hospitalization rates of COVID-19 patients are increasing – public health experts worry about the level of spread of the virus in a state that previously seemed to have managed to fight its epidemic.
“Louisiana has been on the radar, literally front and center, of the White House Coronavirus task force from the very beginning. We never got off that radar, ”said Edwards. “I think that’s a big reason why the vice president chose to come to Baton Rouge and Louisiana. “
5h32: China said the number of people on COVID-19 treatment in the country had dropped to just 297, with only three new cases of coronarvirus reported, all brought in from outside the country.
No new deaths have been reported, leaving a total of 4,634 of the 83,605 cases of the disease.
On Monday, two experts from the World Health Organization visited China to organize an investigation into the spread of the pandemic after the first detection of the virus in the city of Wuhan, in central China, at the end of Last year.
5 h 28: The Australian state of Queensland is tightening the sentence for those who violate the quarantine rules for coronaviruses. Queensland Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles said current fines for breaking a 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine for certain visitors or for lying about their whereabouts may not have been sufficient sanction.
The maximum sentence will now be a higher fine or up to six months’ imprisonment.
Queensland reopened its borders to everyone except residents of the state of Victoria two weeks ago. Victoria is the center of the recent epidemic in Australia, adding 270 new infections overnight to its more than 4,000 active cases.
5h25: The number of coronavirus cases in India jumped another 28,000 on Tuesday and is rapidly approaching one million.
The 28,498 cases reported in the past 24 hours brought the national total to 906,752. The cases jumped from 100,000 in four days.
The health ministry also reported 553 additional deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 23,727.
India has largely lifted its national lockdown and the virus has spread at a significant rate, prompting several major cities to impose partial closures.
India is the third most affected country in terms of infections, just behind the United States and Brazil.
5h22: Pakistan announced on Tuesday that it will resume polio vaccines next week, months after the fight against the crippling childhood disease was halted because the new coronavirus had overwhelmed the country’s health system.
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The polio campaign will last three days, starting next Monday, with a plan to vaccinate around 800,000 children, officials said. Police services have received requests to keep the polio workers safe.
5h20: The Government of British Columbia is expected to release a financial update today on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected its residents, businesses and economy.
Finance Minister Carole James said the pandemic has created “profound” challenges for people in British Columbia and around the world, fundamentally changing the way people live and work.
She says the update will provide a summary of these impacts and highlight the supports that the government has put in place and will continue to provide.
5 h 15: A union representing Ontario health care workers has announced that it will announce “political action” this morning in response to the province’s possible expansion of its emergency powers.
The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, a division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, will make the announcement at the Hamilton General Hospital.
A union spokesperson confirms that 98% of its members voted in favor of some form of political action over the weekend.
The Progressive Conservative government introduced a bill last week that would allow it to keep some emergency measures in place for the next few months.
4 h: New poll suggests Canadians are torn as to whether the federal government should shut down the spending faucets to prevent the resulting deficit from flooding the future of the country.
The Leger / Association for Canadian Studies survey found that 41% of respondents believe that support programs and COVID-19 payments should be cut immediately.
Forty-four percent believe payments to Canadians and businesses should continue despite the projected deficit of $ 343 billion.
The poll suggests that 78% worry about the bottom line and 60% think the way out of the hole is to cut public spending, while 21% say raising taxes is the solution.
The survey polled 1,523 Canadians between July 10 and 12 and no margin for error can be attributed to them, as online surveys are not considered to be truly random.
Monday 9 p.m .: British Columbia’s Minister of Health says several COVID-19 exposures in Kelowna are a reminder of the risks posed by private gatherings.
Adrian Dix said at a press conference on Monday that the warnings of possible exhibitions in a restaurant, a spin studio, a guesthouse and a resort would come from “private parties” in hotels.
Eight positive tests for illness linked to visits to downtown Kelowna and the city’s waterfront between June 25 and July 9, said an email from Interior Health, the health authority regional.
“When people get together for private parties – in this case, it was mostly people in their 20s and 30s – the risks are considerably higher,” said Dix.
The exhibitions follow the transition to a new phase of reopening in British Columbia which allows tourism in the province. Although the accommodation sector was not ordered to close during the pandemic, many operators did so voluntarily, but have resumed welcoming guests as part of the new phase.
Infections in British Columbia increased on Monday as health officials announced 62 new cases since Friday.
Two other people also died, for a total of 189 deaths in British Columbia
The new figures bring the total number of confirmed cases in the province to 3,115, while 2,718 people have fully recovered from COVID-19.
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