- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and health officials will hold an update on COVID-19.
- Quebec calls for limited social gatherings, while Ontario takes a new approach to screening.
- Ontario is offering COVID-19 testing in pharmacies today.
- Half of new COVID-19 cases are linked to bars and restaurants, according to Manitoba’s top doctor.
- Disneyland Hong Kong opens as the city’s business goes down.
- Moscow mayor urges older people to stay at home after infections spike.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will join Canada’s top public health officials today for their daily update on the worsening COVID-19 health crisis.Trudeau is expected to make an announcement on his government’s continued efforts to tackle the potentially deadly novel coronavirus, joining Director of Public Health Dr. Theresa Tam, Deputy Director of Public Health Dr. Howard Njoo, and the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand at noon ET. .
During the first wave last spring, Trudeau held daily press conferences outside his home, Rideau Cottage, but these slowed down and finally came to an end when the pandemic slowed down a bit in during the summer.
The coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, is getting worse, with the number of cases increasing in the four largest provinces in recent weeks.
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In a televised speech on Wednesday, Trudeau warned that Canada was “on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than spring,” when the country entered a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Trudeau government, meanwhile, is reverting to a practice used throughout last spring’s pandemic to urgently speed up the passage of emergency aid legislation in Parliament.
The government on Thursday introduced a bill to produce a more generous and flexible employment insurance plan, as well as the creation of three new temporary benefits to help those who have lost their jobs or have had their hours drastically reduced. due to the pandemic.
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The new benefits will also apply to those who are forced to take time off work because they are sick, forced to self-isolate or stay at home to care for a sick or isolated dependent.
The new plan guarantees benefits of $ 500 per week – the same as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which ends Saturday.
What’s happening in the rest of Canada
At 7 a.m. ET on Friday, Canada had 149,094 confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus. Provinces and territories have listed 128,707 of them as recovered or resolved. A CBC News death tally based on provincial reports, regional health news and CBC news stories stood at 9,289.
Québec Health Minister Christian Dubé is urging people to minimize non-essential gatherings and to cancel Thanksgiving plans to try to slow the increase in COVID-19 cases. He says the contagion is fueled by community transmission during events such as family reunions, private parties, funerals and weddings.
Ontario changed its approach to asymptomatic testing on Thursday as many centers across the province struggled with long lines. The back-to-school request contributed to a backlog of nearly 54,000 tests.
In May, Premier Doug Ford said anyone who wanted a COVID-19 test should make arrangements to get one, with or without symptoms. He now says the province must focus on people who really need a test and not on those who go to an assessment center “because they will feel a little more comfortable”.
Asymptomatic people can still make appointments at up to 60 pharmacies across the province to get tested – as of today – but this also only applies to people in certain higher risk categories. high, including anyone who has contact with a known case or has a loved one. in long-term care.
Alberta restricted its asymptomatic testing last week, limiting it to close contacts of confirmed cases and high-risk groups.
From Manitoba The public health official said on Thursday that half of the COVID-19 cases in the province in recent weeks have been in people who have visited bars, pubs and restaurants, as he reported 37 new cases, most of them in Winnipeg.
“We have cases that have frequented more than one bar in the evening when they were symptomatic, one of which has had more than 36 contacts,” said Dr. Brent Roussin.
What is happening in the world
According to Johns Hopkins University, the global total of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at more than 32.2 million. Over 983,000 people have died, while more than 22.2 million have recovered.
Hong Kong Disneyland has reopened for the second time as the semi-autonomous Chinese city once again appears to have reduced new cases of the coronavirus to near zero.
The complex closed during the initial phase of the outbreak in China when Hong Kong closed its schools and offices. Disneyland reopened after cases fell, but was then closed once infections started to climb again over the summer.
The resort reopened on Friday with physical distance measurements for lines, restaurant seats, rides and other facilities, as well as more frequent cleanings and disinfectants in busier areas.
Hong Kong’s economy is heavily dependent on tourism, and the government has taken constant steps to bring back business without triggering new epidemics.
Hong Kong reported seven new cases on Friday for a total of 5,056 and 104 deaths, according to China’s National Health Commission.
Continent Chine rreported eight new cases, all from outside the country. No new cases of local transmission have been reported in 40 days, with the death toll remaining at 4,634 out of 85,322 cases recorded since the virus was first detected in the central city of Wuhan at the end of the year last.
Moscow Authorities have advised older people to stay at home and employers to allow as many people as possible to work remotely, following a rapid increase in coronavirus cases in the Russian capital.
Health officials reported 7,212 new cases on Friday, the largest daily increase since June. In Moscow, the number of new daily infections started to rise last week and rose to more than 1,500 on Friday from 700 two weeks ago.
“None of us want to go back to the severe restrictions (that were in place) this spring. I hope we can avoid this, ”Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote in his blog.
Sobianin urged people over 65 and those with chronic illnesses to stay at home from Monday, to limit contact with others and to only leave their homes when needed. It is recommended that employers allow as many people as possible to work from home, disinfect the workplace regularly, observe physical distance guidelines, and use personal protective equipment in offices.