Today’s Coronavirus News: Ontario Reports 112 New Cases, One New Death; Possible exposure to COVID-19 on the Calgary-Halifax flight; Global virus tally exceeds 25 million


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

15h19: Nova Scotia public health officials say passengers on a recent flight from Calgary to Halifax may have been exposed to COVID-19.

The province says the potential exposure occurred on WestJet flight WS-232 on August 24, which landed in Halifax at 5:14 p.m. that day.

Authorities say passengers in rows 20 to 24, seats A, B, C and D, are more likely to have been exposed to COVID-19.

They say those passengers should call 811 for advice and that all passengers on the flight should self-monitor for any symptoms.

13 h 32: Quebec is reporting 120 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths.

Public health officials say the deaths took place between August 23 and 28.

The province has now reported 62,352 cases of COVID-19 and 5,758 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The number of hospitalizations has decreased by one unit in the past 24 hours, to a total of 116.

Of this total, 16 people are in intensive care, a decrease from the previous day.

The province said it performed 13,543 COVID-19 tests on Friday, the latest date for which test data is available.

13h30: The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide has exceeded 25 million, according to a tally maintained by Johns Hopkins University.

The United States leads with 5.9 million cases, followed by Brazil with 3.8 million and India with 3.5 million.

The actual number of people infected with the virus worldwide is believed to be much higher – perhaps 10 times higher in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – given the limitations of the tests and the many mild cases that have not been reported or unrecognized.

Worldwide, deaths from COVID-19 stand at more than 842,000, with the United States having the highest number with 182,779, followed by Brazil with 120,262 and Mexico with 63,819.

11:15 am: Ontario is reporting 112 new cases of COVID-19 and one new coronavirus-related death.

There were also 78 cases newly marked as resolved in today’s report.

The total number of cases now stands at 42,195, including 2,810 deaths and 38,204 cases marked as resolved.

The province says 51 people are currently hospitalized with the virus, including 20 in intensive care and 10 on ventilators.

It notes that around 35 hospitals did not submit daily bed count data for the period, as is often the case on weekends. These figures will be reflected in the coming days.

The province was able to perform 24,970 tests the day before.

10h15: As the back-to-school season looms with fears of a second wave of the pandemic, a recent Angus Reid poll indicates that while most Canadians are following all or nearly all of the advice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, there is a skeptical cohort. which defies the indications on group size, bubbles, hand washing, distancing and masks.

The polling company called them “cynical propagators”. They are more likely to be young, more likely to live in the western part of the country, more likely to believe that the current restrictions go too far.

If the “cynical broadcasters” are in the minority, their reaction to public health advice and rules is far from original.

Read Star’s full Katie Daubs story here.

10h15: South Korea has reported 299 new cases of the coronavirus as authorities restricted dining at restaurants and shut down fitness centers and after-school academies in the greater capital region to slow the spread of the virus.

The 17th consecutive day of triple-digit increases brought the number of national cases to 19,699, including 323 deaths.

Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 209 of the new cases were from the capital Seoul, neighboring Gyeonggi Province and Incheon, an area that had been at the center of a viral resurgence this month. .

Thirty cases were also reported in the southeastern city of Daegu, the epicenter of the previous major outbreak in late February and March.

Churches have become a major source of infections in the Seoul area and elsewhere, with many failing to properly apply masks and allowing worshipers to sing and eat together. Clusters have also appeared in restaurants, schools, retirement homes and apartment buildings.

Health officials have ordered churches and nightclubs to close and redirect more schools to distance learning across the country as infections rise.

For eight days starting on Sunday, restaurants in the Seoul area are only allowed to provide deliveries and take out after 9 p.m. Franchised cafes like Starbucks will only sell take-out drinks and food.

10h13: India on Sunday recorded 78,761 new cases of the coronavirus, the world’s largest one-day peak since the start of the pandemic, just as the government began to ease restrictions to help the struggling economy.

The surge brought India’s total to more than 3.5 million and came when the government announced the reopening of the metro in New Delhi, the capital. It will also move forward with limited sporting and religious events next month.



A country of 1.4 billion people, India now has the fastest growing number of coronavirus cases of any country in the world, reporting more than 75,000 new cases for four consecutive days.

One reason is the testing: India now performs nearly one million tests per day, up from 200,000 just two months ago.

10h12: In early March, as Ontario colleges and universities scrambled to prepare for government shutdown orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Ilene Sova packed as many art supplies as she did. could in anticipation of the months of isolation that would follow.

Sova, a teacher at OCAD University in Toronto, said art was her only cure as the world grew more distant and uncertain times emerged.

Later, she would turn her home office into a makeshift art studio and begin her creative process, but one thing she couldn’t shake off was the thought of her students going through similar emotions.

“As I was making collages one day in early April, I realized that our students might also want to make art about this unprecedented time, and might benefit from a creative response as well.” , Sova said in an interview.

It was then that the idea of ​​creating a course on the COVID-19 pandemic was born and Sova approached the school with his plans.

4 am: The latest numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada at 10:25 p.m. EDT on August 29, 2020:

There are 127,673 confirmed cases in Canada.

-Quebec: 62,232 confirmed (including 5,755 deaths, 55,235 resolved)

-Ontario: 42,083 confirmed (including 2,809 deaths, 38,126 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, 1,548 resolved)

– Manitoba: 1,151 confirmed (including 14 deaths, 693 resolved)

– Nova Scotia: 1,083 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,013 resolved)

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

– New Brunswick: 191 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 183 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: 127,673 (0 presumptions, 127,673 confirmed including 9,113 deaths, 113,501 resolved)

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 29, 2020.


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