The last coronavirus news from Canada and around the world on Saturday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
9h21: Wimbledon champion Simona Halep has tested positive for COVID-19 and says she has “mild symptoms”. The 29-year-old Romanian player said on Twitter that she is isolating herself at home and “is recovering well from mild symptoms”.
Halep is ranked No. 2 worldwide. She won Wimbledon in 2019 and Roland Garros in 2018. Wimbledon was canceled this year due to the pandemic.
Halep skipped the US Open due to fears of catching COVID-19. She said in August that she preferred to stay and train in Europe.
7h57: Australia has announced it will spend A $ 500 million ($ 351 million) to secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Pacific and Southeast Asia “as part of a shared recovery for our region of the pandemic ”.
The government has said it will use a series of advance purchase agreements with manufacturers through the global COVAX Facility, which aims to ensure vaccines against the virus are shared with all nations.
“We are committing an additional A $ 500 million over three years to this effort,” he said. “The funding will further help ensure that countries in the Pacific and East Timor are able to achieve full immunization coverage and will make a significant contribution to meeting the needs of Southeast Asia.
“A rapid and safe deployment of the vaccine… will allow us to return to more normal travel, tourism and trade with our major partners in the region.
Meanwhile, Victoria state officials reported a single new case of COVID-19 on Saturday as residents of Melbourne head for a weekend of greater social freedom.
7h50: Greece will close restaurants, bars, cafes, cinemas and gymnasiums in much of the country, including the capital Athens, after a surge in coronavirus cases.
Describing the measures in a televised speech, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the changes would go into effect Tuesday morning and last through November.
The affected areas are most of northern Greece and the Athens region.
7h02: The British government is considering imposing a new national lockdown on England, after its scientific advisers warned that hospitalizations and deaths from the coronavirus resurgence could soon exceed levels seen at the spring peak of the epidemic.
Epidemiologist John Edmunds, a member of the government’s science advisory group, said cases were running “well above” a reasonable worst-case scenario developed by model makers earlier this month.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has introduced a system of local restrictions for England based on infection levels. But scientists say it was not enough.
4 h 55: China has reported six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 during an outbreak in Xinjiang, bringing the total to 51 in the far western region.
Six were in serious condition, Xinjiang health officials said on Saturday. Another 161 people have tested positive but have no symptoms.
The outbreak in Shufu County, near the city of Kashgar, appears to be linked to a garment factory that employs 252 people and has been cordoned off.
4 h 01: The last number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada at 4:00 a.m. EDT on October 31, 2020:
There are 231,998 confirmed cases in Canada.
_ Quebec: 104,952 confirmed (including 6,231 deaths, 89,592 resolved)
_ Ontario: 74,715 confirmed (including 3,127 deaths, 63,919 resolved)
_ Alberta: 27,664 confirmed (including 323 deaths, 22,169 resolved)
_ British Columbia: 14,381 confirmed (including 263 deaths, 11,670 resolved)
_ Manitoba: 5,374 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 2,572 resolved)
_ Saskatchewan: 3,066 confirmed (including 25 deaths, 2,299 resolved)
_ Nova Scotia: 1,104 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,033 resolved)
_ New Brunswick: 342 confirmed (including 6 deaths, 297 resolved)
_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 291 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 282 resolved)
_ Prince Edward Island: 64 confirmed (of which 63 resolved)
_ Yukon: 23 confirmed (including 1 death, 17 resolved)
_ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)
_ Northwest Territories: 9 confirmed (including 8 resolved)
_ Nunavut: no confirmed case
_ Total: 231,998 (0 presumption, 231,998 confirmed including 10,110 deaths, 193,934 resolved)
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