Today’s coronavirus news: India has recorded over 78,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours; U.S. labs struggle to secure testing supplies as flu season approaches


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

7h47 Macy’s Inc. is slowly returning to normal as the critical holiday season approaches, posting earnings that exceeded expectations in the second quarter.

The department store’s adjusted net loss of $ 251 million (US) was well above the loss of $ 538 million (US) expected by analysts. Comparable sales for the quarter ended Aug. 1, a key measure of retailer performance, fell 35 percent, roughly in line with expectations as they attempt to recover from a steeper decline early of the pandemic.

7 h 33 Greek authorities on Wednesday imposed a 14-day quarantine on an overcrowded migrant camp on the island of Lesbos after a man living outside the official camp tested positive for coronavirus.

The 40-year-old Somali man is the first confirmed case of coronavirus at Moria camp, which as of August 31 was home to 12,714 people, well beyond its capacity of 2,757.

The Greek Migration Ministry said the infected man was granted refugee status and a residence permit to live in Greece and left the camp on July 17. However, he returned in recent days and was living in a tent outside the camp fence. He is currently hospitalized in isolation in Lesbos.

The migration ministry said no entry or exit from the camp would be allowed until September 15 and that the police presence would be increased around the camp to ensure the lockdown is not violated.

Only essential personnel will be allowed to enter the camp after having undergone temperature checks.

6 h 35 Some European basketball club competitions have been postponed due to various coronavirus restrictions on the continent.

The European Cup regular season is now scheduled for January. FIBA had hoped to start second tier competition in October.

FIBA also said the women’s EuroCup qualifying rounds have been pushed back to December. The regular season is scheduled to begin in January.

FIBA are still hoping to start their Women’s EuroLeague on time with the regular season slated for mid-October.

The FIBA ​​Europe Board of Directors will next meet in October and discuss the organization of its competitions in single site “bubbles”.

6 h 15: India has registered 78,357 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing its total to more than 3.7 million as the government eases nationwide pandemic restrictions to help the struggling economy.

India, a nation of 1.4 billion people, is emerging as the global epicenter of the coronavirus. It has reported the highest daily increases in new cases for more than three weeks and, at its current rate, it is expected to soon pass Brazil and ultimately the United States in total reported cases.

The Health Ministry also reported 1,045 deaths in the past 24 hours on Wednesday, bringing the total death toll to 66,333. It now has the third highest death toll after recently overtaking Mexico, according to a Johns Hopkins University count.

5:30 am: U.S. labs have struggled for months to get the supplies needed for COVID-19 tests, but another testing crisis is brewing.

Other pack animal supplies are also out of stock, hampering the ability of laboratories to detect urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia and gonorrhea, gastroenteritis – also known as name of stomach flu – and more.

“The impact of this supply chain is much, much greater than if we can’t get our COVID tests in 24 hours,” said Melissa Miller, who heads the clinical and molecular microbiology labs at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Miller has been informed that some products are out of stock until January 2021.

Especially as flu season approaches, “I’m very worried, a lot more about the non-COVID stuff right now,” she says.

5 am: With the back-to-school countdown on, school boards are rushing to make sure kids who stay home this fall have access to the computers and internet they need to learn remotely.

But big gaps remain, some supporters say, as the pandemic highlights the digital divide in the Greater Toronto Area.

Despite the efforts of principals and teachers, Vivian Lee, a charity consultant who has worked in the nonprofit sector on educating marginalized youth, describes the situation as “a total mess of tire fires.” While not as bad as in remote communities in northern Ontario that are “mostly in 2005,” the pandemic has exposed existing loopholes around Internet access and technology in the Greater Montreal area. Toronto.

“There have been a lot of tape and glue approaches,” she says. “You now have a visible digital divide.”

Read May Warren’s full story here.

4:15 am: Australia’s coronavirus hotspot, the state of Victoria, extended its state of emergency for another six months as its weekly average of new infections declined.

The upper house of Parliament in Victoria passed a law by 20-19 votes to extend the state of emergency, which strengthens the government’s powers to impose restrictions in the event of a pandemic.

The government had wanted a 12-month extension.

The state’s health department has reported 90 new infections and six deaths in the past 24 hours. There were 70 new infections reported on Tuesday.

4 am: The last number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada at 4 a.m. EDT on September 2, 2020:



There are 129,425 confirmed cases in Canada.

_ Quebec: 62,614 confirmed (including 5,762 deaths, 55,438 resolved)

_ Ontario: 42,421 confirmed (including 2,812 deaths, 38,369 resolved)

_ Alberta: 14,066 confirmed (including 241 deaths, 12,427 resolved)

_ British Columbia: 5,848 confirmed (including 209 deaths, 4,505 resolved)

_ Saskatchewan: 1,622 confirmed (including 24 deaths, 1,567 resolved)

_ Manitoba: 1232 confirmed (including 14 deaths, 759 resolved)

_ Nova Scotia: 1,085 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,014 resolved)

_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 269 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 265 resolved)

_ New Brunswick: 191 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 186 resolved)

_ Prince Edward Island: 44 confirmed (including 41 resolved)

_ Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved)

_ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)

_ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)

_ Nunavut: no confirmed case

_ Total: 129,425 (0 presumption, 129,425 confirmed including 9,132 deaths, 114,604 resolved)

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 2, 2020.

Mardi: Neil Brereton, a Toronto resident, couldn’t use his vouchers to purchase a new flight because it took so long to get them. He is one of many to say that even after complaining, they haven’t seen any action so far.

“They told me that the vouchers had not yet been issued. I was shocked. Some of the original flights were canceled in the spring, ”a stunned Brereton said this week. With the seats disappearing quickly, he bit the bullet and spent the $ 2,200 and the points.

“To go and scatter my father’s ashes and take care of his estate, and then have to face it?” It’s horrible. I can’t believe they would do this.

According to statistics released Tuesday by the Canadian Transportation Agency, it has received more than 8,000 complaints against Canadian airlines since March – more than it received in 2018 and 2019.

Read Josh Rubin’s full story here.


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