- Toronto opens the first center of its kind for people with COVID-19 who cannot self-isolate at home.
- The school in the First Nation of northern British Columbia has closed due to COVID-19.
- The first cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba on First Nations identified in Fisher River and Peguis.
- The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approves the resolution on combating the pandemic.
- Hungary has another record number of people newly infected with the coronavirus, with 916 new cases.
Toronto is opening a center for people with COVID-19 who cannot self-isolate at home – a service the federal government says is open to other cities across the country.The federal government is providing $ 13.9 million to Toronto Public Health – enough to run the 140-room isolation center that will open this weekend for the next 12 months, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said.
“We have heard heartbreaking stories from people knowing they are sick and know they don’t have the capacity to stop the spread in their own homes,” Hajdu said at a press conference in Toronto on Friday. .
“This space will be available for people who live in housing that does not have the space to allow this good distance. ”
Toronto medical officer of health Dr Eileen de Villa said the isolation center is “an essential part” of the city’s plan to deal with the likely resurgence of the novel coronavirus.
“It all just boils down to this: many people living under one roof and not having enough space increase the risk of COVID-19 spreading in that household, which means it can also spread in the community,” Villa said. “This voluntary isolation site helps to reduce these risks. ”
The city reported 71 new cases to the province on Friday – the highest one-day number in Toronto since mid-June, according to the city’s website.
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De Villa said public health investigators will determine on a case-by-case basis whether someone with the disease could benefit from isolation at the new center rather than staying at home.
Mayor John Tory said many people in Toronto cannot isolate themselves in their homes.
“The data has shown us that low-income neighborhoods were disproportionately affected in the early stages and today by COVID-19, in part because people living in these communities once tested positive may have then experienced difficulty isolating properly, ”he said.
Tory said he and health officials had been discussing the idea for several months with the federal government.
Toronto Board of Health chairman Joe Cressy said isolation sites have been used successfully in New York City, Chicago and Wuhan, China to reduce community transmission.
Toronto has also operated two other isolation facilities for people with COVID-19 who have been living homeless since the spring, he said in a statement.
Hajdu said there are currently no plans for another facility elsewhere, but has spoken to many mayors in major cities since the end of June and these talks are continuing.
“If the city needs this service, yes we will work with them to make sure we can provide similar support,” she said.
Here’s what’s happening in the rest of Canada
As of 8 a.m. ET on Saturday, Canada had 135,626 confirmed and suspected cases of the coronavirus. Provinces and territories have listed 119,674 of them as recovered or resolved. A CBC News death tally based on provincial reports, regional health news and CBC news stories stood at 9,205.
A school for approximately 40 students from Takla First Nation northern British Columbia is the first school in the province to close due to COVID-19 since the start of the new school year this week.
In a written statement Friday, Raymond Mba, principal of the Nus Wadeezuhl Community School in Takla Landing, said the school closure was a “precautionary measure” following positive cases of coronavirus in Fort St. James. , approximately 195 kilometers south of Takla Landing and a major service center in the region.
The Takla Nation said in a written statement that potential exposure to the virus occurred during a gravestone lifting ceremony in Beaver Lake on August 30 and at a wedding at the Nak’azdli First Nation. at Fort St. James on September 5th.
In Manitoba, three people have tested positive for COVID-19 in two neighboring communities of Interlake, the first time the disease has been identified in First Nations Province.
Peguis First Nation leaders announced Friday evening that two of its members have tested positive for COVID-19 after undergoing a rapid test. Earlier today, the Fisher River Cree Nation announced that one of its members had also tested positive.
Starting today, Québec police will begin fining anyone who does not wear a mask when public health regulations require it, Prime Minister François Legault said.
Legault said on Friday people had to exercise discipline and avoid large private gatherings to stave off a second wave of COVID-19.
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People will be fined for not wearing masks in indoor public spaces where distancing is not possible. Public Safety Minister Geneviève Guilbault said the penalties would range from $ 400 to $ 6,000.
The province reported 219 more cases on Friday. That brought the average number of new daily cases over the past week to more than 170, surpassing the daily threshold of 20 infections per million population that the province hoped to avoid to maintain control over the virus.
Here’s what’s going on in the world
According to the tally maintained by Johns Hopkins University, the global total of confirmed coronavirus cases is now over 28.5 million. More than 916,000 people have died, while 19.2 million have recovered.
the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on tackling the pandemic over objections from the United States and Israel, which protested a successful last-minute Cuban amendment that strongly urges countries to oppose economic sanctions, unilateral financial or commercial.
The world body adopted the resolution on Friday by a vote of 169 to 2. The resolution is not legally binding.
It “calls for intensified international cooperation and solidarity to contain, mitigate and overcome the pandemic”, and it urges member states “to allow all countries to have rapid and unhindered access to diagnostics, therapies, quality, safe, effective and affordable drugs and medicines. vaccines. “
Mexico says 24 of its 32 states are ready for a partial reopening, marking the first time since the pandemic struck that no state is listed at a maximum alert of a “red” level.
The 24 states listed as “amber,” or high risk, can now allow many non-essential businesses to reopen at 30% capacity. The remaining eight states are listed as “yellow,” or moderate risk, allowing even more business activity. However, bars, nightclubs and dance halls remain closed and sporting events and concerts cannot accommodate spectators.
Mexico reported 5,930 newly confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, roughly the same as two weeks ago. The country has recorded a total of 658,299 infections. Officials reported 534 more deaths from COVID-19, for a total of 70,183 – the fourth highest in the world.
Hungary recorded another record number of people newly infected with the coronavirus, with 916 new cases.
Saturday’s total is more than 25% higher than the previous record of 716 cases reached on Friday.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government is taking a less generalized approach to the pandemic during the second wave in the country, with restrictions decided more on a case-by-case basis.
Orban said in a video posted to his Facebook page on Saturday that the goal was not only to save lives, but also to make the country work. During the second quarter of the year, the Hungarian economy contracted by 13.6%, the largest drop in the region.
“The virus can no longer cripple us,” Orban said.
Hungary has confirmed 11,825 cases of the virus, including 633 deaths.