Coronavirus update: Tam warns continued spike in cases could become unmanageable

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Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.

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  1. Canada could lose control of pandemic due to recent disturbing spike in new cases, says Tam
  2. Globe Analysis Finds Families in More Racialized or Low-Income Neighborhoods Less Likely to Return Children to School
  3. British Columbia unveils $ 2 billion economic plan amid feverish early election speculation

In Canada, there have been at least 140 867 reported cases. Over the past week 5 963 new cases have been announced, 35 percent more than the previous week.

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There have also been at least 9 200 death. Today, today, six deaths have been reported, compared to five which were recorded yesterday.

In the world there have been at least 29 764 055 confirmed cases and 939 473 reported deaths.

Sources: Data on Canada is compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins and the COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data is from Johns Hopkins University.


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A survey of more than 6,700 credit card holders found that nearly 25% of users could not make payments from May to June.

  • However, since the JD Power survey was conducted in May and June, other data shows that households are resuming their monthly payments.
  • At the end of July, the average deferral rate for personal loans and credit cards at the big six banks fell to 4.3%, from 9.6% in April, according to RBC.

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Mariela Jacobo, a healthcare worker, performs a nasal swab test for COVID-19 from inside a stand-alone coronavirus test isolation booth, at Posadas Hospital, Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Thursday September 17, 2020 (AP Photo / Natacha Pisarenko)

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Coronavirus in Canada

  • From friday Ontario, restrictions on gatherings will be tightened in Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa, with caps on social gatherings reduced to 10 indoors and 25 outdoors. Meanwhile, students in more racialized areas are less likely to return to in-person learning. And Western University has shut down athletics and recreation clubs after an outbreak, while Queen’s University officials are sounding the alarm bells in response to parties posting restrictions.
  • Québec hopes a new, tougher ad campaign will help convince skeptics to take COVID-19 seriously, as it reports nearly 500 new cases today.
  • Yesterday officials from British Columbia said health officials will release data on schools that have cases of COVID-19. The province will invest more than $ 2 billion in an economic stimulus package that aims to prevent further job losses due to the pandemic.

In Ottawa, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said the federal government has not done enough to improve rapid testing for COVID-19 as thousands face long wait times of up to six hours at test sites across the country.

  • Yesterday, O’Toole and his family were tested for the coronavirus after an assistant tested positive for COVID-19. The leader of the Bloc Québécois is also isolated because of a similar risk.
  • Today, the Conservative leader said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “must explain why we don’t have access to more tests that our allies are using. The United States, for example, has approved two rapid tests that can return results in as little as 15 minutes.
  • Yesterday Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the government was reviewing requests for rapid testing devices – like antigen tests used for other viruses – but would not approve them until they responded. not to Canadian accuracy standards.

As the House prepares to return for a Speech from the Throne next week yesterday, the Prime Minister defended the switch to remote voting

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Today also: Canada could lose its ability to manage the pandemic due to a recent disturbing spike in new cases, said Dr. Theresa Tam, chief public health officer.


Coronavirus in the world

  • Like other conspiracy theorists, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., son of Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of the former WE President John F. Kennedy, gained popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic by tailoring his anti-vaccine messages to the crisis, making false claims against Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and the security of 5G telecommunications networks.
  • Hundreds of COVID-19 laboratory workers in France went on strike Thursday, a union said, angry at poor working conditions as the coronavirus testing system warps under huge demand.
  • WHOHis leading expert on emergencies said it was important that all countries have a “consistent message” for their audiences. His claim came after Donald Trump objected to comments by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Robert Redfield, who said a vaccine could be widely rolled out in mid-2021 and masks could be more effective.
  • Watch: Australia reported its smallest one-day increase in new COVID-19 cases in nearly three months, with states saying restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the virus would be relaxed further.

Coronavirus and business

The condo market in Canada’s major cities is the most vulnerable post-COVID-19 slump, for a variety of reasons, including declining immigration and a more flexible rental market.

  • A drop in sales would be a major change for the condo market, which started 2020 with higher price increases than single-detached homes. However, since March, the growth in prices and sales of condominiums have followed other segments of the market.

Condo sales could change over the next month, due to many factors, including the speed of the economic recovery and the severity of a possible second wave.

And: US airline CEOs implore White House to avoid impending job cuts


Globe opinion

Gary Mason: “Unsurprisingly, Mr. Kenney was taken aback by the terrible forecast, repeating his mantra that there would be huge demand for oil and gas in the future and that Alberta would be well positioned once the pandemic was over and the the offer settles. “


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Indian inconvenient (2020). Based on Thomas King’s award-winning 2012 study The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, Michelle Latimer’s documentary examines the ongoing colonization of Indigenous peoples in North America. While early colonization depended on force, in recent decades it has focused on Indigenous history, culture and traditions. Courtesy of TIFF

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