Coronavirus News Today: Bank of Canada Should Keep Key Rate Stable; The Pope uses a mask, a disinfectant to appeal to public health; Fire ravages refugee camp as virus lockdown


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.

6h04: South Korea’s ambassador to France said his country had succeeded in forcing a rapid response to the coronavirus based on its previous experiences with major outbreaks, during a French parliament hearing on Wednesday.

Speaking to a Senate committee of inquiry into how authorities handled the COVID-19 crisis, Choi Jong-moon detailed South Korea’s effective actions to combat the spread of the virus, including by rapidly increasing testing.

5 h 07: Pope Francis wore a face mask and used hand sanitizer on Wednesday as he called on the faithful to look after the health of others as well as themselves during the coronavirus pandemic.

Francis removed the mask as his car parked in the courtyard of San Damaso inside the Apostolic Palace, where last week he resumed his weekly public hearings after a nearly six-month COVID-19 shutdown.

4h59: The new limits on social gatherings in England to six people are expected to remain in place for the “foreseeable future,” potentially until or even until Christmas, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Wednesday.

Hancock said the new limit for indoor and outdoor gatherings, which will go into effect and be legally enforceable from Monday, will bring “more clarity” to people and should help keep a lid on a recent sharp increase in new cases of coronavirus.

One of the reasons for the taking over in the cases is that many people have been confused over the past few months as lockdown restrictions have been relaxed, especially on how they relate to gatherings inside. and outside the house. Scientists say a clear message is essential to contain pandemics.

4 h 47: A major fire overnight swept through Greece’s largest refugee camp, which had been placed under COVID-19 lockdown, leaving more than 12,000 migrants in need of emergency shelter on the island of Lesvos .

In dramatic night scenes, migrants from the overcrowded Moria refugee camp, originally expected to house around 2,000 people, fled fires that broke out in several locations and destroyed much of the camp and surrounding olive groves . Protests also broke out involving migrants, riot police and firefighters. No injuries were reported.

4:15 am: The Bank of Canada will say this morning what it will do with its key interest rate at a time when there is very little economic drama for the first time in years.

The central bank’s key rate has remained at 0.25% since March, when COVID-19 lockdowns plunged the economy into crisis.

Governor Tiff Macklem said in July the rate would stay close to zero until the country is well into a recovery and inflation returns to the bank’s 2% target.

4 h 02: Leaders from the two provinces hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic are meeting today in Mississauga, Ontario to discuss economic recovery and health preparedness.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Quebec Premier François Legault have called an inaugural summit to discuss what they see as key areas of cooperation.

They say provinces plan to share lessons learned from the pandemic and work together to spur economic recovery and growth by lowering barriers to international trade.

4 h 01: Students across British Columbia are preparing for COVID-19 orientation sessions this week amid a wave of new protocols to reopen schools as the pandemic continues.

Education Minister Rob Fleming said districts expected 85-90% of students to attend school in person, but some parents and students say they are frustrated with the lack of options for distance learning, large class sizes and inconsistent messages about physical distance.

4 am: The last number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada at 4 a.m. EDT on September 9, 2020:

There are 133,747 confirmed cases in Canada.

_ Quebec: 63,876 confirmed (including 5,770 deaths, 56,162 resolved)

_ Ontario: 43,536 confirmed (including 2,813 deaths, 39,196 resolved)

_ Alberta: 15,093 confirmed (including 247 deaths, 13,154 resolved)

_ British Columbia: 6,591 confirmed (including 213 deaths, 4,978 resolved)



_ Saskatchewan: 1,669 confirmed (including 24 deaths, 1,587 resolved)

_ Manitoba: 1,349 confirmed (including 16 deaths, 940 resolved)

_ Nova Scotia: 1086 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1018 resolved)

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

_ New Brunswick: 192 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 186 resolved)

_ Prince Edward Island: 53 confirmed (including 44 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: 133,747 (0 presumption, 133,747 confirmed including 9,153 deaths, 117,563 resolved)

1h25: Although Indonesia has recorded more deaths from the coronavirus than any other country in Southeast Asia, it has also seen by far the most deaths among medical workers in the region, raising concerns about the long-term impact on the country’s fragile health system.

The tribulations endured by Indonesian healthcare workers are similar to others around the world: long working hours, hospitals full to capacity, and lack of resources like personal protective equipment.

The Indonesian government was able to provide PPE to healthcare workers after an initial shortage that saw medics wearing plastic raincoats while working. But other problems persist in the country, where more than 200 medical workers, most of them doctors and nurses, have died from the virus.

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