Coronavirus News Today: The Ontario Legislature Returns For Its Fall Session; Some Ontario school boards are delaying e-learning; Infectious disease specialists warn of potential flu and COVID-19 bubble

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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.

6h48: Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who made a career of bouncing back from setbacks, was released from hospital on Monday after an “insidious” COVID-19 fight which he said was the most dangerous challenge he faced has never been confronted.

Dressed in a suit and smiling after removing his face mask, Berlusconi, 83, said doctors at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan told him he had the highest levels of the virus they had seen in the tens of thousands of samples they had taken. the last six months.

An emotional Berlusconi urged Italians to take the virus seriously and “rigorously” adhere to masked mandates, standards of social distancing and frequent hand washing.

6h20: South Korea reported its lowest daily virus tally in about a month as it began to relax its strict social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said the 109 new cases brought the country’s total to 22,285 with 363 deaths. The daily increase remained in the 100 for 12 consecutive days, but Monday’s increase was the smallest since mid-August.

The government relaxed its physical distancing guidelines in the Seoul area on Sunday, citing a downward trend in new infections and economic concerns.

6h19: India reopened its parliament after more than five months on Monday, even as the country continues to report the world’s most daily new coronavirus infections and daily virus deaths remain above 1,000.

Lawmakers must wear masks and follow other disinfection protocols, sit in seats separated by transparent plastic sheets and limit their meetings.

6h18: Pakistan’s prime minister and education officials say all arrangements are in place to ensure that every child can go to school safely.

Authorities are preparing to reopen schools from Tuesday amid steadily declining deaths and COVID-19 infections.

Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter on Monday saying: “Tomorrow we will welcome millions of children to school. It is our priority and our collective responsibility to ensure that every child can safely go to school to learn.

6h17: Sweden has removed Britain from its list of countries with travel warnings, allowing Swedes to travel to the UK.

At the same time, the Foreign Office in Stockholm said Sweden is now part of a group of countries for which the UK considers risks from the virus to be lower and no longer covered by regulations. British quarantine.

6 h 15: Berlin’s top health official has expressed concern about the growing number of coronavirus cases in Germany, especially among young people.

Dilek Kalayci told public broadcaster rbb that experience shows that young people can easily become ‘super spreaders’, which would also leave older and more vulnerable people with COVID-19.

The German Center for Disease Control on Monday reported 927 new cases across the country in the last day.

One county that has seen the number of infections in one week surpass the 50 per 100,000 threshold is Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria.

Locals reacted angrily to news that a 26-year-old American woman with symptoms had visited several local bars when she told him to quarantine her while awaiting the results of her test.

As a result, all restaurants in the Alpine town are due to close at 10 p.m. next week.

5 h 47: There are 136,659 confirmed cases in Canada.

Quebec: 64,986 confirmed (including 5,780 deaths, 57,268 resolved)

Ontario: 44,504 confirmed (including 2,815 deaths, 39,841 resolved)

Alberta: 15,415 confirmed (including 253 deaths, 13,718 resolved)

British Columbia: 6,962 confirmed (including 213 deaths, 5,273 resolved)

Saskatchewan: 1,726 confirmed (including 24 deaths, 1,603 resolved)

Manitoba: 1,428 confirmed (including 16 deaths, 1,173 resolved)

Nova Scotia: 1,086 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,020 resolved)

Newfoundland and Labrador: 271 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 266 resolved)

New Brunswick: 193 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 189 resolved)

Prince Edward Island: 55 confirmed (including 47 resolved)

Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved)

Canadian returnees: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)

Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)

Nunavut: no confirmed cases

Total: 136,659 (0 suspected, 136,659 confirmed including 9,171 deaths, 120,431 resolved)

5 h 46: Some Ontario school boards are delaying the start of e-learning due to growing demand for online education as the start of the school year approaches.

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Three Toronto-area boards of directors said they have seen an increase in the number of parents who have chosen to keep their children out of the classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic at the eleventh hour, further complicating the already difficult task of coordinating the courses.

The Peel District School Board, for example, says it had to push back on live online classes because 10,000 students signed up for virtual learning last week.

5 h 44: The Ontario legislature returns for its fall session today, but with the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting daily life, the House leader of the Progressive Conservative government says business will not be as it is. habit.

Paul Calandra said the legislature will continue to abide by public health rules while returning to its regular four-day-a-week procedural schedule.

He says the government will focus in the coming weeks on the impacts of COVID-19 on the economy, the reopening of schools and the healthcare system.

Calandra says Ontario’s 2020-2021 budget – which has been delayed by the pandemic – will be presented on November 15.

The government is also expected to table an official report on the state of emergency declared by the province earlier this year in response to the pandemic.

Calandra says the government is also giving itself leeway in the legislative timetable in case it needs to introduce additional legislation to tackle COVID-19 this fall.

5h41: Infectious disease specialists warn we could face a double whammy of COVID-19 and the flu this fall and winter. Among those calling for vigilance is Jeanne Marrazzo, director of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and medical researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

“The big concern this year, of course, is that we’re going to see what could be a perfect storm,” she said. “We really can’t be complacent about this.”

The difficulty isn’t just that the flu and COVID-19 will be circulating at the same time, said John Zurlo, head of the infectious disease division at Thomas Jefferson University. It is difficult to tell one disease from another.

Both illnesses can be characterized by fever, body aches, and shortness of breath. Among the rare distinguishing features is the sudden loss of smell in some patients with COVID-19. The flu can also affect the sense of smell, but in this case the culprit is a stuffy nose, while in COVID-19 the reason is temporary damage to the scent cells, Zurlo said.

Monday 5:39 am: Monday’s morning bell marked the first entry into the classroom for children in Codogno, Italy, since February 21, when panicked parents were sent to pick up their children after the northern Italian town became the first in the West to record a local transmission. of the coronavirus.

While the reopening of Italian schools marks an important step in a return to the pre-lockdown routine, the step carries more symbolic weight in the 11 cities of Lombardy and Veneto which were the first to be isolated as red areas of coronavirus.

Codogno mayor Francesco Passerini said the town of 17,000 has had virtually no new cases for months now, but authorities are not complacent. He said they have spared no effort to work with school administrators to provide maximum protection for the city’s 3,500 students.

Monday 4 a.m. Some Ontario school boards are delaying the start of e-learning due to growing demand for online education as the start of the school year approaches.

Three Toronto-area boards of directors said they have seen an increase in the number of parents who have chosen to keep their children out of the classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic at the eleventh hour, further complicating the already difficult task of coordinating the courses.

The Peel District School Board, for example, says it had to push back on live online classes because 10,000 students signed up for virtual learning last week.

He says those classes will now start September 21 for elementary school students and September 22 for high school students – a week late – so the board can scramble with more staff to accommodate the 64,000 students who are now learning at the school. House.

On Friday, the Halton District School Board informed parents that online learning will begin Wednesday rather than Monday due to “recent and increased demand” for the distance option.

This council says it is working on an “important” waiting list for a virtual school and has advised people who are currently taking in-person classes to continue doing so, as some virtual classes are full.

At the same time, on Thursday, the Toronto District School Board announced that while elementary students who attend in-person classes will begin the school year in a staggered fashion on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, those who take online learning – and most high school students – will start on Thursday. .

“Due to the large number of families who have chosen the virtual school (more than 66,000 students), we need more time for staff and the schedule to ensure a more coherent opening for all staff and the students, ”the council said in a letter to parents. on its website.

The spread of COVID-19 has increased in recent weeks, with the province reporting more than 200 new cases of the virus in each of the past three days. Toronto and the region of Peel have been particularly affected, often reporting dozens of new cases every day.

Click here to read Sunday’s COVID-19 coverage.



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