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 09: The commander of US forces in Japan said strict measures were in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus by US military personnel entering Japan.
Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki has expressed concerns about an epidemic spreading due to the heavy US military presence on the South Island.
According to Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, the commander of US troops in Japan, positive cases among service members and other base employees have risen from 189 to 139 in the past five days. Most of the cases have occurred at Camp Hansen and Futenma, both on Okinawa.
5 h 05: Muslim pilgrims, wearing face masks and moving in small groups after days of isolation, began arriving at Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Wednesday for the start of a historically unique hajj experience and reduced reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic.
Hajj is one of the most important requirements of Islam, performed once in a lifetime. It follows a route that Prophet Muhammad walked nearly 1,400 years ago and is believed to follow in the footsteps of Prophets Ibrahim and Ismail, or Abraham and Ishmael as they are named in the Bible.
The hajj, which is both physically and spiritually demanding, aims to bring about greater humility and greater unity among Muslims.
Rather than standing and praying side by side in a sea of people from different walks of life, Pilgrims this year are socially distancing themselves – standing apart and moving in small groups of 20 to limit exposure and potential transmission of the coronavirus.
4h03: The government of British Columbia is set to announce its updated plan for a safe return to public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Education Minister Rob Fleming says the plan was developed in consultation with a committee made up of teachers, parents, First Nations, principals, school counselors, school boards, support workers and health and safety officers.
4 h 02: The Ontario government is expected to announce today whether the only areas still in Stage 2 of the province’s COVID-19 recovery plan can move to the next phase.
Premier Doug Ford has pledged to indicate when and how Toronto, Region of Peel and Windsor-Essex will be allowed to join the rest of the province in Stage 3.
All three areas were chosen because officials said they wanted more data before giving the go-ahead for a wider reopening.
4 h 01: The last number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada at 4 a.m. on July 29, 2020:
There are 114,994 confirmed cases in Canada.
_ Quebec: 58,897 confirmed (including 5,670 deaths, 50,886 resolved)
_ Ontario: 38,910 confirmed (including 2,768 deaths, 34,567 resolved)
_ Alberta: 10,470 confirmed (including 187 deaths, 8,886 resolved)
_ British Columbia: 3,523 confirmed (including 194 deaths, 3,076 resolved)
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_ Saskatchewan: 1218 confirmed (including 17 deaths, 907 resolved)
_ Nova Scotia: 1,067 confirmed (including 63 deaths, 1,004 resolved)
_ Manitoba: 391 confirmed (including 8 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 (including 36 resolved)
_ Yukon: 14 confirmed (including 11 resolved)
_ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)
_ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)
_ Nunavut: no confirmed cases
_ Total: 114,994 (14 presumptions, 114,980 confirmed including 8,912 deaths, 100,134 resolved)
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