Today’s Coronavirus News: Most Ontarians Polled Believe Lockdown Rules Are Loosening Too Quick; Quebec’s largest English-speaking public school board has its first day of school


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

7h42 Australia recorded its deadliest day in the pandemic on Monday as the government urged the state of Victoria to announce plans to lift the lockdown on the country’s second largest city.

The Victoria Department of Health has reported 41 deaths from COVID-19 and 73 new infections in the past 24 hours. While deaths were at a high and national level, the number of new infections was the lowest in Victoria as 67 new cases were recorded on June 30 in the first weeks of the second wave of the pandemic, which was mostly concentrated in the state capital, Melbourne. .

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said only eight of the 41 deaths occurred in the last 24-hour period. The remaining 33 deaths have occurred in elderly care facilities since the end of July and were reported on Sunday following a tightening of reporting requirements and a review of previous reports, the health director said. Brett Sutton.

A six-week lockdown in the city is expected to be relaxed on September 13. But the state government has not said how it will be relaxed or given any assurances that it will not be extended.

Victoria has recorded more than 19,000 infections with the coronavirus, almost 80% of Australia’s more than 25,000 cases, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University. The state is also responsible for the vast majority of the more than 650 deaths in Australia.

7 h 35 Orchard Villa, the Pickering long-term care home with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the province, continued to fail to comply with provincial legislation designed to protect residents – even after the death of more than 70 residents and sending military personnel to help.

As the pandemic raged in May and June this year, inspectors from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, acting on a complaint, discovered more than a dozen cases in which the home had failed complied with regulations, including not ensuring staff receive infection control training within a week of hire, failing to ensure that a resident who has fallen has received an appropriate skin assessment, and not prevent staff from administering medication to a resident that has not been prescribed.

These results are in addition to more than 120 citations of non-compliance with the Long-Term Care Homes Act and its regulations between July 2015 and December 2019 recently detailed by the Star.

Read the full story of Kenyon Wallace from The Star

5 h 35: Quebec’s largest English-language public school board is holding its first day of classes this morning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The English Montreal School Board says it will closely follow the COVID-19 guidelines set by the provincial government.

This means that students under 5th grade are not required to wear face masks, while older students will be required to wear them in common areas and on school transport.

Students will still be able to take the bus to school, but health and safety regulations only allow 44 students per school bus instead of the usual 72.

5 am: An overwhelming majority of Ontarians fear a second wave of COVID-19 is near, with anxiety levels remaining unchanged since the pandemic first erupted in the province in March.

About 83% of Ontarians polled say they are concerned that social distancing and lockdowns are being relaxed too quickly, as schools and businesses reopen. And 73 percent say they are increasingly wary of people’s ability to properly follow protocols that reduce the spread of disease.

These results come from a Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) survey of 1,002 Ontarians, conducted with assistance from Pollara Strategic Insights at the end of July. The association said the survey was commissioned to better understand how people’s mental health is changing as the pandemic progresses.

Read Nadine Yousif’s full story

4h38: The Olympic flame is on display in Tokyo, a short walk from the new national stadium where it was supposed to burn down a month ago.

The flame arrived in Japan from Greece in March and has been largely hidden in Tokyo since the Olympics were postponed until next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The flame was unveiled Monday at a small ceremony with Yoshiro Mori, the president of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, and Yasuhiro Yamashita, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee.

“In this situation during COVID-19, I think the athletes who are aiming for the Olympic and Paralympic Games are training hard every day – with great anxiety,” said Yamashita, a former Olympic gold medalist in judo, s ‘voicing in Japanese. “I am confident that the torch displayed today will support the hearts of these athletes.”

4 a.m. Federal Conservatives are asking WE Charity to release a series of documents the Toronto youth organization has promised to deliver to a House of Commons committee before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prorogue Parliament.

But WE reject the Conservatives’ request, with the organization’s legal counsel saying it amounts to “politics, not proper process.”

The Tories’ request is contained in a letter sent Sunday by Tory finance critic Pierre Poilievre and ethics critic Michael Barrett to Craig and Marc Kielburger, the brothers who co-founded WE ago. over 20 years.

This represents the official opposition’s latest effort to continue to dig into the decision to have us run a multi-million dollar student volunteer program, after Trudeau temporarily shut down several House of Commons committee inquiries by proroguing. Parliament on August 18.

In their letter, Poilievre and Barrett note that the Kielburgers and other WE officials have pledged to provide MPs with answers to several questions they were unable to answer when they appeared before the finance committee.

These unanswered questions are described in two appendices prepared by the Library of Parliament and attached to the Conservative letter, and include details of WE’s discussions with the Liberal government regarding the Canada Student Services Grant.

The finance committee also asked the charity to provide more information about two trips WE organized for then-finance minister Bill Morneau and his family to Kenya and Ecuador.

4 am: The latest numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada at 4:00 a.m. EDT on August 31, 2020:

There are 127,940 confirmed cases in Canada.

_ Quebec: 62,352 confirmed (including 5,758 deaths, 55,300 resolved)



_ Ontario: 42,195 confirmed (including 2,810 deaths, 38,204 resolved)

_ Alberta: 13,476 confirmed (including 237 deaths, 12,054 resolved)

_ British Columbia: 5,496 confirmed (including 204 deaths, 4,310 resolved)

_ Saskatchewan: 1,615 confirmed (including 24 deaths, 1,549 resolved)

_ Manitoba: 1186 confirmed (including 14 deaths, 710 resolved)

_ Nova Scotia: 1083 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1013 resolved)

_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 269 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 265 resolved)

_ New Brunswick: 191 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 185 resolved)

_ Prince Edward Island: 44 confirmed (including 41 resolved)

_ Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved)

_ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)

_ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)

_ Nunavut: no confirmed case

_ Total: 127,940 (0 presumption, 127,940 confirmed including 9,117 deaths, 113,664 resolved)

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 31, 2020.

Previously: In April, a on-schedule US Open just didn’t seem possible.

The coronavirus was at its peak in New York; a building on the tournament grounds with indoor tennis courts has been converted into a field hospital.

The pandemic was locking up much of society, including sports. Wimbledon was canceled for the first time in 75 years, the French Open was postponed and the American Tennis Association said it was considering “the possibility” of changing its dates as well.

On Monday, the last day of August, the US Open 2020 will indeed begin – as planned, albeit without spectators, and with a player abandoned from the field because he tested positive for COVID-19.

Benoit Paire, a 17th-seeded Frenchman, was replaced in the draw on Sunday, a vivid reminder of the circumstances surrounding this attempt to keep the Grand Slam spectacle going.

Read Sunday’s Rolling File


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