Today’s coronavirus news: NHL returns after months-long hiatus; Vietnam locks down third largest city as virus cases rise


The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Tuesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

5 h 10: The new cases in the central city of Da Nang are the first confirmed to be transmitted locally in the country in more than three months.

Public transport to and from Da Nang has been canceled. Over the weekend, thousands of mostly Vietnamese tourists cut short their summer vacations at this popular beach destination. The lockdown dealt a heavy blow to the city’s tourism industry, which had just been revived after earlier coronavirus cases mostly eased by the end of April.

Hotel guests promptly ended their stay and canceled upcoming trips upon news of the first case, a hotelier said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

4h20: NHL hockey returns today after a hiatus of several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Montreal Canadiens are in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers take on the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place as part of today’s three-game exhibition schedule that kicks off Phase 4 of the plan. back to league play.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers meet in Toronto in the other game today.

Edmonton and Toronto serve as plate cities for the 24 returning NHL teams, although the Canadiens and Flames are listed as home teams tonight.

4:15 am: The biggest test to date of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine began Monday with the first of some 30,000 Americans to roll up their sleeves to receive vaccines created by the US government as part of the total global race to stop the pandemic .

The ray of hope came even as Google, in one of a large employer’s darkest assessments of coronavirus endurance, decreed that most of its 200,000 employees and contractors should work from home until next June – a decision that could influence other large companies. .

End-stage testing of the vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., has begun with volunteers from many sites in the United States being given an actual dose or a dummy without knowing which one.

4 h 10: As the clock ticks into September, a new poll suggests that many Canadian parents are unsure whether to send their children to school if and when classrooms are reopened.

Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies poll comes as provincial governments work on how to get students back to classrooms, most of which have been closed since mid-March due to COVID-19 .

4 am: The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada on July 28 at 4 a.m. –

There are 114,597 confirmed cases in Canada.

_ Quebec: 58,728 confirmed (including 5,667 deaths, 50,886 resolved)

_ Ontario: 38,799 confirmed (including 2,764 deaths, 34,461 resolved)

_ Alberta: 10,390 confirmed (including 186 deaths, 8,774 resolved)

_ British Columbia: 3,500 confirmed (including 193 deaths, 3,043 resolved)

_ Saskatchewan: 1,209 confirmed (including 16 deaths, 886 resolved)

_ Nova Scotia: 1,067 confirmed (including 63 deaths, 1,004 resolved)

_ Manitoba: 386 confirmed (including 7 deaths, 319 resolved), 14 presumptive

_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 266 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 259 resolved)

_ New Brunswick: 170 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 165 resolved)

_ Prince Edward Island: 36 confirmed (of which 34 resolved)

_ Yukon: 14 confirmed (including 13 resolved)

_ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)

_ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)

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_ Nunavut: no confirmed cases

_ Total: 114,597 (14 presumptions, 114,583 confirmed including 8,901 deaths, 99,862 resolved)

Monday 7:45 p.m .: Toronto is “very close” to securing federal funding so that people with COVID-19 and at risk of infection in their homes can soon self-isolate in a free room with food, laundry, and Wi-Fi for up to at two weeks.

Toronto’s senior public health official, Dr. Eileen de Villa, is asking city council this week for permission to reach a deal with the federal government to fund a 140-room “isolation site” run by the city.

The program, modeled after that in New York and other cities, targets low-income people who are infected but, due to overcrowded living conditions and other factors, cannot guarantee that they will not transmit not the virus to others.

No site has yet been confirmed. The city estimates it would cost $ 12.7 million to operate a 140-room facility for a year.

Coun. Joe Cressy, president of Toronto Public Health, said Toronto was “very close” to securing federal funding, calling the project an excellent investment to prevent a second major wave of COVID-19.

Star’s David Rider has more details.

Monday 17:35: With just 23 new COVID-19 infections reported in the region on Monday, the GTA has seen the fewest new cases in one day in more than five months, according to Star’s latest tally.

It’s been 131 days since March 18 – the last time the five local health units in the Greater Toronto Area reported fewer than 25 new infections, long before the worst of the pandemic hit Ontario.

At the time, only one Ontarian had died from the virus; more than 40,000 people in the province have since been infected.

At 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Ontario regional health units are reporting a total of 40,873 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19, including 2,799 deaths, up from 150 cases in 24 hours.

As has been the case in recent days, the new infections reported on Monday were mainly from outside the GTA.

Inside the region, Toronto reported just five new cases on Monday – its smallest since the second week of March – York and Durham regions one each, and Halton region has yet to report any new infection. The Just Peel region, which has seen the number of cases drop more slowly than elsewhere, has been reported in double digits, with 16 new cases.

Elsewhere, Windsor-Essex – 41 cases – and Ottawa – 28 – continued to report the worst rates of new infections. Both health units saw notable increases in cases in July.

Star’s tally includes some patients reported as “probable” cases of COVID-19, which means they have symptoms and contacts or a travel history that indicates they are most likely with the disease, but no have not yet received a positive laboratory test.

The province also warns that its data, released daily at 10:30 a.m., may be incomplete or out of date due to delays in the reporting system, saying that if there is a discrepancy, “the data reported by (health units ) should be considered the most up to date. “

Learn more about Monday’s rolling record


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