Coronavirus update: Liberals’ revised emergency benefits look like guaranteed basic income


Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.

Main titles:

  1. Federal Liberals propose new emergency benefits that represent a big step towards a guaranteed national basic income
  2. India registers more than 78,000 new cases in one day – largest daily increase in the world since the start of the pandemic
  3. Most US states reject CDC’s new COVID-19 testing guidelines for asymptomatic people

In Canada, there have been at least 127 751 reported cases. Over the past week, 2 930 new cases have been announced, 10 percent more than the previous week. There have also been at least 113 500 recoveries and 9 113 death. Health officials have administered more than 5 760 940 tests.

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All over the world there have been at least 24 734 448 confirmed cases and 837 124 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.

Explainers of the coronavirus: Essential updates and resources • Coronavirus in maps and charts • Lockdown rules and reopening plans in each province • Global mask wearing rules • Back to school

Photo of the day

On Sunday, a worker disinfects the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, an underground church built in a salt mine, in Zipaquira, 45 km north of Bogota, Colombia. The Salt Cathedral, one of Colombia’s main tourist attractions, is awaiting authorization from the Ministry of Health for its reopening. (Photo by Juan BARRETO / AFP) (Photo by JUAN BARRETO / AFP via Getty Images)

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Day number

78 761

India recorded 78,761 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, the world’s largest one-day peak since the start of the pandemic.

The increase, which brought the county’s total to over 3.5 million, came as the government began to ease restrictions to help stimulate the economy. A contributing factor is more aggressive testing: India now performs more than one million tests per day, up from 200,000 two months ago.

India now has the fastest growing daily number of coronavirus cases of any country in the world, reporting more than 75,000 new cases for four consecutive days.

Deaths from COVID-19 continue to rise and soon India will have the third highest death toll, after the United States and Brazil. However, it has had far fewer deaths than these two countries.

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Coronavirus in Canada

  • The government of Newfoundland and Labrador said it would allow parents to accompany their children to kindergarten on day one, despite the pandemic. To date, Newfoundland and Labrador has reported 269 cases of COVID-19 and three deaths since the start of the pandemic.
  • Manitoba rethinks a costly advertising campaign to reopen their economy after several recent outbreaks in Brandon, Winnipeg and a few Hutterite settlements.

In Ottawa, the federal Liberals are proposing new emergency benefits which represent a big step towards a guaranteed national basic income, a vast social program which has been discussed for decades in Canada but which has never been attempted on a large scale.

  • Under the principles of a Guaranteed Basic Income program, all adults are entitled to government benefits that establish an income floor, but these payments decrease as wage earnings increase. This gradual reduction, or clawback, means that the basic income benefit is eliminated entirely for the highest incomes.
  • The Liberals will not go that far with their plan to spend $ 22 billion over 12 months on the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRP), as well as on health and compassionate care benefits. The CRB will replace the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which expires at the end of September.
  • The new program will pay $ 400 per week – $ 100 less than CERB – to those who have lost some or all of their income due to the pandemic and who are not eligible for EI. But the CRB allows beneficiaries to earn much more income than the CERB or the EI before benefits are reduced.

These and other elements of the CRB resemble the hallmarks of a Guaranteed Basic Income – particularly in that it would allow some poorer Canadians to significantly increase their incomes.

Some experts warn that the government may find it difficult to liquidate these benefits, even if their original rationale wears off. Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough did not rule this out last week, saying “it is too early to tell” whether the changes, which have yet to be approved by parliament, will be temporary or permanent.

Coronavirus in the world

Heather Brown, right, is tested for COVID-19 at a new walk-in testing site at Chief Sealth High School on Friday, August 28, 2020, in Seattle. The coronavirus testing site is the city’s fourth now open and is free. (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson)

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  • Four of the From China five largest state-owned banks said they had increased their provisions against bad debt to prepare for future losses from the impact of the global pandemic.
  • Thirty three WE States have rejected the Trump administration’s new testing guidelines, rejecting the guidance issued by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week.

Coronavirus and business

Tug of war against a besieged city The oilfield service company has Wilks Brothers LLC of Texas coming out with all the guns in a plan to get controlling stake in Calfrac Well Services Ltd.

Calfrac, meanwhile, called Wilks a “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” accusing him of using “hyper-aggressive” tactics to attempt to take over the business during a period of punitive economic crisis without giving fair value to the companies. shareholders.

Calfrac is one of the best known names in the Canadian petroleum services industry. But like many companies in the patch, its finances and its stock price have been devastated – first by the collapse in oil prices in 2014-15, then by COVID-19.

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The legal battle over the recapitalization of Calfrac is the latest chapter in a multi-year struggle between the two pillars of the industry. At its heart is control of much of the oilfield services industry in Canada and the United States, where Wilks-owned ProFrac Services is Calfrac’s direct competitor.

Today also: As industries around the world are forced to move away from in-person work, augmented and virtual reality startups are busy replicating real life in a suddenly volatile market.

And: How are coworking companies adapting to managing shared workspaces in the event of a pandemic?

Globe opinion

  • Editorial: ” It is… a fact that the return to class is justified on the basis of research on COVID-19 which is preliminary and still evolving. We know more than ever about the virus, its effects and how it is transmitted. But, as the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children said in its recent guide to school reopening, there is still a “knowledge gap”.

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