Today’s coronavirus news: 491 new cases in Ontario; the ski slopes should be open, cautiously, this winter; CERB payments start to decrease from this weekend

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The last coronavirus news from Canada and around the world on Sunday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

10h21: Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter Sunday that the province was reporting 491 new cases of COVID-19 after more than 42,500 tests were performed. Locally, there are 137 new cases in Toronto including 131 in Peel, 58 in Ottawa and 58 in York Region.

Two more deaths were recorded at the provincial tracking site and 289 more recoveries. The net result is that the total number of active cases in Ontario soared by 200 to 4,196.

The number of Ontarians hospitalized increased from 12 to 112.

The provincial number of new cases – the highest since May 2, in the first wave – compares with 435 new cases reported on Saturday and 409 on Friday. The death toll in Ontario is 2,839.

10h13: Canadian ski resort operators planning a season that begins in about two months are forced to balance their profits with protecting the health of their customers in the face of the pandemic. While medical experts agree that there is little risk of infection when flying through powder snow on a steep double black diamond ski slope, they say the risk increases dramatically when you drive a crowded gondola to the top. from the hill or sip an après-ski cocktail at a crowded resort bar.

Resorts say skiers and snowboarders will have to wear masks on ski lifts and gondolas and, inside, social distancing will be encouraged by removing tables and chairs in bars and restaurants. They promise more frequent cleaning and disinfection.

But few are restricting the total number of skiers allowed on the slope, a prospect that worries Dr. Stephen Freedman, a researcher and professor at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. “The ski slopes have a responsibility to control the number of people who are on the hill and that number cannot be as high as it was before COVID,” he warned.

Gondola loading is especially tricky for Sunshine Village Ski Resort in Banff National Park, where the only way for guests to get from the parking lot to the main ski area is by taking a 17-minute gondola ride for eight people. .

“As the gondola is our main lifeline, when it’s occupied we’ll charge it to capacity,” spokeswoman Kendra Scurfield said in an interview. “We tried to limit capacity in the spring before being shut down for COVID and found the range to be more of a danger. People weren’t online with social distancing, it went down the road, it just became more dangerous than charging people.

Meanwhile, at the Whistler Blackcomb Resort, 120 kilometers north of Vancouver, no official limit has been placed on the number of guests allowed on the hill, but the number – which may reach 35,000 people on peak days – 10 to 20 percent less, said spokesman Marc Riddell.

8h02: CERB payments will start to decrease from this weekend. In its place is employment insurance, which the government says the majority of people will continue, and a new set of benefits that will not exist without parliamentary approval.

A week ago, CERB paid $ 79.3 billion to 8.8 million people, or about two in five of the workforce of nearly 20.2 million people in August.

The benefits have been paid in advance, which will not be the case for people participating in the first wave of transfer to the new system: the government says that the first payment will be made the week of October 11. payments before October 14; 10% extra in the first two weeks.

The floor of $ 500 per week on EI benefits, or the floor of $ 300 per week for new parents using the extended leave option, will be taxable. Unemployed benefits under this EI program will be available for at least 26 weeks, and claimants will be able to earn more than what they earned under CERB, up to $ 38,000 per year, before to be completely excluded.

Employers will also be able to use “supplementary unemployment benefits” to supplement Employment Insurance benefits.

The EI eligibility threshold has been reduced to 120 hours of insurable work for those returning to the system, which has been almost inactive since March.

The government says 2.8 million people will be entitled to employment insurance as of Monday. But many may not do this automatically.

7h37: A former Lebanese foreign minister and son-in-law of President Michel Aoun has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office announced on Sunday.

The statement from his office said Gebran Bassil, who also heads the Christian Free Patriotic Movement, will isolate himself until he recovers, adding that the level of infection is still “low and acceptable”.

The announcement comes amid an alarming rise in coronavirus cases in Lebanon, with record numbers recorded almost every day over the past week.

The Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed 1,280 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in Lebanon to 33,162. The government has recorded 317 deaths from COVID-19 since the first case was reported in late February.

Sunday 7:34 am: There are 151,671 confirmed cases in Canada.

Quebec: 71,005 confirmed (including 5,821 deaths, 60,660 resolved)

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Ontario: 49,340 confirmed (including 2,837 deaths, 42,507 resolved)

Alberta: 17,343 confirmed (including 261 deaths, 15,585 resolved)

British Columbia: 8,641 confirmed (including 230 deaths, 7,036 resolved)

Saskatchewan: 1,863 confirmed (including 24 deaths, 1,705 resolved)

Manitoba: 1,829 confirmed (including 19 deaths, 1,265 resolved)

Nova Scotia: 1,087 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,021 resolved)

Newfoundland and Labrador: 272 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 267 resolved)

New Brunswick: 200 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 191 resolved)

Prince Edward Island: 58 confirmed (of which 57 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: 151,671 (0 presumption, 151,671 confirmed including 9,262 deaths, 130,327 resolved)

See Saturday’s coronavirus coverage.



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