The last coronavirus news from Canada and around the world on Friday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
7 h 37 Cineplex Inc. reported a loss of $ 98.9 million in its most recent quarter as its theaters were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company says the loss was $ 1.56 per share for the quarter ended June 30, compared to earnings of $ 19.4 million or 31 cents per share for the same quarter last year.
Revenue totaled $ 22.0 million, compared to $ 438.9 million.
Cineplex temporarily closed all of its theaters and other entertainment venues on March 16 as public health officials began to put restrictions in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The company began reopening its theaters just before the end of the quarter.
Cineplex also had to deal with the fallout from Cineworld Group PLC’s decision to forgo an agreement to buy the company on June 12. He filed a lawsuit against his former suitor over the failed deal.
19 h 35 New cases of coronavirus in the United States topped 50,000 for the second day in a row, as countries around the world scramble to curb the spread of the virus.
The total number of cases in the United States exceeded 5.2 million, or about a quarter of the global total, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The country’s death toll rose from around 1,000 to more than 167,000. That was down from the previous day’s tally, which was the highest daily total since May 27.
6 h More people in Indonesia rolled up their sleeves on Friday to test a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by a Chinese company.
The Indonesian government announced the partnership between state-owned company Bio Farma and Chinese company Sinovac BioTech in early July. As part of the deal, Indonesia recruited 1,620 volunteers for the trial. The first 20 were injected with the candidate vaccine in Bandung, West Java province, on Tuesday, and others followed suit.
“We hope that this third clinical trial will be completed in six months. We hope that in January we will be able to produce it and at the same time, if the production is ready, vaccinate all the inhabitants of the country, ”President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday.
After passing a medical test and PCR to confirm their health, the volunteers received a first dose of the experimental vaccine or a placebo, then a second dose 14 days later.
“I am not worried about the vaccine trial because I have already researched information about a Sinovac vaccine,” said Rina Mardiana, 44. “I want to participate in the trial for humanitarian reasons. I hope the pandemic will end soon. “
Clinical trial research leader Kusnandi Rusmil told The Associated Press that half of the volunteers will receive the vaccine and the other half the placebo. “We’ll see the comparison… in seven months,” Rusmil said.
5 h 55 Germany has added the most new cases since May, while the head of the French Health Agency, Jérôme Salomon, said the situation in his country is getting worse. Travel stocks collapsed after the UK government said it would force travelers from France, the Netherlands and four other countries to self-quarantine.
Infections continued to rise in Spain, prompting business leaders to warn of the cost to the economy if further lockdown measures were to be imposed. New Zealand registered 12 new local cases on Friday, some of them outside the larger city of Auckland, where the lockdown has been extended.
Democratic candidate Joe Biden has said US governors should demand masks for the next three months, an approach he says will save more than 40,000 lives, although President Donald Trump has said it will be unworkable.
5 h 51 The head of the French national health service said Paris and Marseille have been declared areas at risk for the coronavirus as authorities observe a sharp increase in infections.
Jérôme Salomon, speaking on France Inter radio, warned that “the situation is deteriorating from week to week” in the country. He says virus clusters emerge every day as a result of family reunions, big parties and other gatherings during the summer vacation.
A government decree published on Friday allows authorities to impose stricter measures in the regions of Paris and Marseille.
Solomon says there are “more and more people who have tested positive, more and more people arriving in hospitals… we need to react before we count new deaths.”
The national health agency reported 2,669 new infections on Thursday, bringing France’s infection rate per 100,000 people to more than 30.
4h21 India’s coronavirus death toll topped Britain to become the fourth highest in the world with another record single-day increase in cases on Friday.
According to the Ministry of Health, India has reported 1,007 deaths in the past 24 hours. Its total rose to 48,040 deaths, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico.
Confirmed cases in India reached 2,461,190 with a one-day high of 64,553 in the past 24 hours. More than 70% of those infected in India have recovered.
The daily increase in newly reported infections was around 15,000 in the first week of July, but climbed to over 50,000 in the first week of August. The ministry cited its testing efforts, with more than 800,000 tests in a single day, bringing cumulative tests to over 26 million.
Health experts say it must be higher, given India’s population of 1.4 billion.
India’s two-month nationwide lockdown at the end of March kept infections low. But it has relaxed and is now widely applied in high risk areas. The new cases have increased after India reopened stores and manufacturing and allowed hundreds of thousands of migrant workers to return home from areas affected by the coronavirus.
Subways, schools and cinemas remain closed.
Thursday 10:15 p.m. Despite initial findings and statements to the contrary, it appears that children transmit the coronavirus and play a substantial role in its spread, according to emerging research and several experts who spoke with the Montreal Gazette this week, raising concerns about the prospect. to open schools in three weeks.
But epidemiologists and pediatricians argue that the health risks of removing children from the classroom remain greater than the risks associated with dismissal – especially for the children themselves, who do not have tend to be sick with coronavirus as well. Experts admit, however, that their return to school may further fuel the spread of the community.
While treating patients in the COVID-19 department at Ste-Justine Hospital, Dr. Fatima Kakkar, clinician-researcher in pediatric infectious diseases, was struck by the children’s ability to manage infection.
“It was fascinating for me to call a family (to inform them of a positive COVID-19 test) and sometimes they are even shocked that the result came back positive, because the child is already feeling better”, a- she declared. “But what’s also interesting is that in this same family you can have a very sick relative who goes to the hospital when the child has already recovered.
The virus affects young children differently, Kakkar said, leading her to believe that the concerns of children contracting COVID-19 in school and falling seriously ill are vastly exaggerated.
COVID-19 has so far killed no children in Canada, she said; less than 100 have been hospitalized with the virus and less than 20 have landed in intensive care. Compare that with the flu season last year, she said, which saw 15,000 cases among children, 200 of whom ended up in intensive care and seven died.
But while they don’t get as sick, there are new concerns about the role children play in spreading the virus. A Medical Journal of Australia article published online this week claimed that, contrary to claims by some researchers, children play an important role in the spread of COVID-19.
“Research suggesting otherwise is hampered in a substantial way,” wrote the author of the article, Dr. Zoë Hyde. “Additionally, large school-based clusters have been reported, with implications for the control of community transmission.”
Thursday 21h30 A wave of COVID-19 cases among Mennonite communities in southwestern Ontario is prompting area public health units to work together to prevent the virus from spreading to enclaves of farm families who lead a mode of life based on faith.
From Huron-Perth to Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex, public health officials have reported an increase in positive cases among Low German-speaking Mennonite communities in recent weeks.
Chatham-Kent’s senior public health doctor said “nearly all” of their cases – 84 are active as of Friday – are members of the Low German Mennonite community.
In Huron-Perth, 10 of the region’s 74 cases on Wednesday involved Low German Mennonites, mostly in the Perth-East region, which includes Millbank and Milverton.
Thursday 8:30 p.m. Mexico has passed the half-million mark for confirmed coronavirus cases.
The health ministry reported 7,371 newly confirmed cases on Thursday, bringing the country’s total for the pandemic to 505,751. The department reported another 627 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, giving Mexico a total of 55,293.
Experts agree that due to Mexico’s extremely low testing rates, these numbers are underestimated and the actual numbers may be two to three times higher. With just 1.15 million tests performed to date in a country of nearly 130 million people, less than 1% of Mexicans have been tested.
Learn more about Thursday’s coverage here.