The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world on Saturday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
There are now a total of 116,312 cases of COVID-19 in Canada – including 124 new cases in Ontario, which represents an increase of 0.3%.
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said 28 of 34 public health units had five or fewer cases and 16 had no new cases. In total, Ontario now has 39,209 confirmed cases, with 2,775 deaths.
“Hospitalizations continue to decline, with fewer intensive care patients and ventilators today as well,” she said via Twitter.
Total number of confirmed cases in Canada to date:
- Alberta: 10,843 (including 196 deaths)
- British Columbia: 3,641 (including 195 deaths)
- Saskatchewan: 1,319 (including 18 deaths)
- Nova Scotia: 1,069 (including 64 deaths)
- Manitoba: 401 (including 8 deaths)
- Newfoundland and Labrador: 266 (including 3 deaths)
- New Brunswick: 170 (including 2 deaths)
- Quebec: 59,312 (including 5,674 deaths)
Deaths in Canada from the novel coronavirus now total 8,935.
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7h16: China reported a drop of more than 50% in new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, a possible sign that its latest major outbreak in the northwestern region of Xinjiang is on the decline.
The 45 new cases in the past 24 hours, including 31 in Xinjiang, where the outbreak has focused on the regional capital Urumqi, are down from 127 nationwide cases on Friday, including 112 in Xinjiang.
The National Health Commission also reported eight new cases on Saturday in northeastern Liaoning Province, where officials from the port city of Dalian collected nucleic acid tests from more than 4 million people. people.
7h09: The Japanese capital recorded 472 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, the third consecutive day of record numbers.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike issued a warning in an online video, urging people to wash their hands, wear masks, and visit businesses that display the city-backed special stickers with the image of ‘a rainbow, indicating good social distancing.
Most of the people who fell ill were in their 20s and 30s, pointing out how they could let their guard down and go out to party, officials said. Nationwide, the daily count of coronavirus cases in Japan totaled a record 1,579 on Friday.
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7h04: The Australian state of Victoria has recorded three more deaths from the coronavirus and 397 more cases, a significant drop from this week’s peak.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said he understands the latest deaths were linked to care for the elderly, where 1,008 cases are currently active. They bring the national death toll to 201, including 116 in Victoria.
Authorities have warned that many of those infected are not self-isolating at home. Andrews said he was investigating whether there was a need to change the fines for people who tested positive but were not at home when military personnel and public health officials came knocking on the door.
6h50: India recorded the steepest spike of 57,118 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing its burden of coronavirus cases to nearly 1.7 million, with July alone accounting for nearly 1.1 million infections.
The health ministry also reported an additional 764 deaths for a total of 36,511 on Saturday. India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation delayed the resumption of international flights for an additional month until August 31. But it will continue to allow several international carriers from the United States, Europe and the Middle East to operate special flights to evacuate stranded nationals.
4 am: South Korean prosecutors on Saturday arrested the elderly leader of a secret religious sect as part of an investigation into allegations the church hampered the government’s antivirus response after thousands of worshipers were infected in February and March.
Suwaon central city prosecutors questioned Lee Man-hee, 88, president of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, over charges that the church hid some members and under-reported gatherings to avoid more quarantines wide.
Suwon District Court allowed prosecutors’ request to arrest Lee early on Saturday, fearing he could temper with evidence.
Lee and his church strongly denied the charges, saying they were cooperating with health authorities. Its spokesperson, Kim Young-eun, said the church would do its best to “have the truth clearly proven in court.”
More than 5,200 of South Korea’s 14,336 COVID-19 cases have been linked to the church so far. Its branch in the southern city of Daegu became the largest group after a rise in infections at the end of February.
1 h: Mexico now has the third highest death toll from COVID-19 in the world, behind the United States and Brazil, as Vietnam’s former success struggles to control an epidemic spreading to its resort town la most famous.
Mexican health officials on Friday reported 688 new deaths, bringing the country’s total to 46,688. That puts Mexico just ahead of the United Kingdom, which has 46,119, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
In Vietnam, a third person has died of complications from the coronavirus, officials said on Saturday, a day after recording his first death as he struggled with a new outbreak after 99 days without a local case.
All three died in a hospital in Da Nang, a hot spot with more than 100 cases last week. Thousands of visitors had traveled to the city for the summer vacation and are currently being tested in Hanoi and elsewhere.
Friday 5 p.m. Ontario regional health units are reporting a total of 41,303 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19, including 2,811 deaths, an increase of 114 new infections in 24 hours.
The growth in cases across the province was dominated by increases in three health units on Friday: 26 new infections were reported in Ottawa, 21 in Windsor-Essex and 20 in Toronto.
Yet July ends with the province at its lowest rate of new infections since long before the pandemic peaked in Ontario in the spring – at 116 cases per day for the past seven days.
Meanwhile, only two other fatal cases have been reported, both in Toronto.
Star’s tally includes some patients reported as “probable” cases of COVID-19. This means that they have symptoms and contacts or a history of travel which indicates that they most likely have the disease, but that they have not yet received a positive laboratory test.
The province cautions that its separate data, released daily at 10:30 a.m., may be incomplete or out of date due to delays in the reporting system. In the event of discrepancy, “the data communicated by (the health units) must be considered as the most up to date”.
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