The last coronavirus news from Canada and around the world on Monday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
6h31: As a kindergarten teacher, Michelle McKay used to revel in the bustling and open classrooms that are the hallmark of early childhood education.
But it ended abruptly for her and countless other teachers in March when schools closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
After donning her personal protective equipment – usually a face mask and a shield – she is examined at the door for symptoms of COVID-19. Once inside, she follows arrows on the ground and disinfects her hands on the way. When she finally reaches the classroom, she is focused on maintaining a safe distance between herself and the students in an effort to keep everyone safe.
Like most of his colleagues, McKay’s job today is a big change from what it once was. But even with a new school year and a new role, her burnout level is at an all time high.
Many of Ontario’s 160,000 teachers say burnout is rampant. They are overwhelmed with a barrage of new responsibilities outside of teaching, including rigorous cleaning of classrooms, dealing with technological issues for online lessons, and trying to maintain physical distance between young children.
Read the full story from The Star’s Nadine Yousif on how teachers feel “tired in June” in October alone.
5 h 45: Canada has put healthcare workers at risk of contracting COVID-19 and bringing it home to their families because it failed to learn from severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003, according to a new report.
Mario Possamai, author of the report and senior advisor to a two-year SARS commission, points to the multiple shortcomings of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The agency was created to tackle emerging infectious diseases after an initial recommendation from the commission examining how the SARS epidemic that killed 44 people arrived in Canada and spread, mostly in Ontario.
Hundreds of people have died from SARS elsewhere, including China and Taiwan. However, Possamai said in the report released on Monday that unlike Canada, those countries heeded SARS warnings, which he calls “a dress rehearsal for COVID-19.”
“In the case of COVID-19, Canada is witnessing a preventable systemic failure to learn from the 2003 SARS epidemic,” he says. “It is a failure both to prepare adequately and to respond urgently in a manner commensurate with the most serious public health emergency in a century.”
5 h 31: The Italian government is considering whether to require masks outdoors across the country amid a steady nine-week rise in coronavirus infections.
Several individual regions have already imposed outdoor mask mandates in an attempt to curb the rebound in infections. Italy added 2,578 other confirmed cases on Sunday, far fewer new infections daily than in neighboring France or Spain, but worrying in the European epicenter of the pandemic.
Another 18 people died, bringing Italy’s death toll to 35,986, the second highest in Europe after Britain.
Health Minister Roberto Speranza told RAI 3 television that a national exterior mask mandate was being considered by the government in an effort to prevent infections from spiraling out of control now that schools have reopened. There have been 900 school-related cases and 14 school clusters in the last week alone. But health officials said in their weekly surveillance report that it would still take some time before they knew the full effect of reopening schools on the infection curve.
5h08: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she had gone into isolation after coming into contact with someone infected with the coronavirus.
In a Twitter message on Monday, the EU chief executive said she attended a meeting last Tuesday attended by “a person who tested positive yesterday”. Von der Leyen was on a two-day trip to Portugal on Monday and Tuesday.
She said she tested negative for the virus on Thursday and will be tested again later on Monday.
5 h 05: India has recorded 74,442 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the country’s total to 6.6 million. On Monday, the health ministry also reported 903 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 102,685.
India, the second most affected country in the world after the United States, is seeing a sustained decline in new coronavirus infections and cases of active viruses have remained below the million mark for 14 consecutive days. It still has the world’s highest number of daily cases and is expected to soon cross the United States, which has 7.4 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
5 h 03: Sri Lankan authorities closed a university and imposed restrictions on buses and trains on Monday, a day after a COVID-19 patient was reported by the community for the first time in two months.
A curfew was imposed on Sunday in the Colombo suburb where the patient lived, and around 15 hospital staff and 40 colleagues were quarantined. Kelaniya State University in the region was also closed for a week from Monday.
Buses and trains must carry passengers according to the number of seats and commuters must wear masks. Schools across the country have been closed. For more than two months, health officials say they have prevented the community spread of the virus. The country has reported 3,388 confirmed cases, including 13 deaths. Of the total, 3,254 recovered.
5 am: Primary and secondary school students in the Philippines began their homeschooling classes on Monday after the coronavirus pandemic forced distance learning at an education system that was already struggling to fund schools.
The switch to distance education has been a logistical nightmare for this poverty-stricken Southeast Asian country which has long lacked classrooms, teachers and educational materials. Almost 25 million students have enrolled this year, mostly in 47,000 public schools nationwide, which are expected to be replicated in homes and enlist the help of parents and guardians as co-teachers.
A majority of families, especially poor and rural communities, have chosen to use government-supplied digital or printed educational materials or ‘modules’, which students will read at home with the guidance of their elders before conducting. specific activities. Most lack computers and reliable internet connections. Teachers can answer questions over the phone.
Other families preferred their children to attend classes online or through regional educational programs on radio and television.
4 am: Canadians forced to take time off work due to COVID-19 can start seeking federal financial assistance today.
The new benefits are eagerly awaited as Canadians face growing uncertainty due to an increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19 as fall and winter approach.
The new caregiver benefit provides $ 500 per week for up to 26 weeks to households where someone has to miss more than half a week of work because they have to look after someone.
This includes situations where a child or other dependent has either caught COVID-19 and cannot attend school or daycare, or where schools, daycares or day care programs and facilities are closed due to illness.
Canadians will also be able to start claiming a new sick leave benefit that will pay up to $ 1,000 for those who are forced to stay home because they are infected or have to self-isolate due to illness.
Sunday 10:15 p.m .: An appeals court on Sunday refused to allow the Trump administration to resume detention of immigrant children in hotel rooms before deporting them under rules enacted during the coronavirus pandemic.
Three justices of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals left in place a lower court order that requires the United States to stop using hotels in most situations to detain children unaccompanied by a parent. The judges rejected the US government’s request to stay the order.
Sunday 9:27 pm: The mayor of New York City said on Sunday he had asked the state for permission to close schools and restore restrictions on non-essential businesses in several neighborhoods due to a resurgence of the coronavirus.
The action, if approved, would mark a disheartening retreat for a city that has had a summer with less spread of the virus than most other parts of the country and only recently celebrated the return of students from across the country. city to in-person learning in classrooms.
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