Today’s Coronavirus News: Seventeen More COVID-19 Patients Hospitalized in Toronto; Two Toronto nursing homes appear to be among the hardest hit long-term care facilities

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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.

7h51: South Africa and India have asked the World Trade Organization to waive certain provisions of international agreements that regulate intellectual property rights in order to accelerate efforts to prevent, treat and contain the COVID pandemic -19.

7h46: Indonesia has surpassed 300,000 confirmed infections since the start of the pandemic. The health ministry reported 3,992 new cases on Sunday, bringing the country’s total to 303,498. The ministry said 11,151 people have died from the disease, while 228,453 patients have recovered.

7h46: India has recorded 75,829 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, a day after crossing 100,000 total deaths.

The health ministry brought India’s confirmed total to over 6.5 million on Sunday and said at least 101,782 people had died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

India still has the highest number of daily cases in the world, but with a cure rate of over 83%, the number of people recovered has exceeded 5.5 million, the health ministry said.

India also has a low death rate of 1.56%, almost half the global rate.

The health ministry attributed the increase in testing in the country to a sustained low death rate. India has conducted nearly 79 million tests to date, according to official data.

India is preparing to reopen limited capacity cinemas and entertainment parks from October 15, in a bid to revive the economy. Health experts warn that the move risks spreading the virus during the next religious festival and the winter season.

7h45: US President Donald Trump went through a “very worrying” period on Friday and faces two “critical” days in his fight against COVID-19 in a military hospital, his chief of staff said on Saturday – contrary to a rosier assessment moments earlier by Trump’s Doctors, who were careful not to reveal that the president had received supplemental oxygen in the White House prior to his admission to hospital.

Click here to read the latest news on Donald Trump and his COVID-19 diagnosis.

Read Edward Keenan’s latest analysis of The Star.

7h45: The last number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada at 4:00 a.m. EDT on October 4, 2020:

There are 164,478 confirmed cases in Canada.

-Quebec: 77,380 confirmed (including 5,867 deaths, 64,478 resolved)

– Ontario: 53,633 confirmed (including 2,968 deaths, 45,285 resolved)

– Alberta: 18,357 confirmed (including 272 deaths, 16,527 resolved)

– British Columbia: 9,381 confirmed (including 238 deaths, 7,813 resolved)

– Manitoba: 2,108 confirmed (including 22 deaths, 1,409 resolved)

– Saskatchewan: 1954 confirmed (including 24 deaths, 1782 resolved)

– Nova Scotia: 1,089 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,021 resolved)

– Newfoundland and Labrador: 276 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 269 resolved)

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– New Brunswick: 201 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 193 resolved)

– Prince Edward Island: 59 confirmed (of which 57 resolved)

– Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved)

– Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)

– Nunavut: no confirmed case, 7th presumption

– Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)

Total: 164,478 (7 presumptions, 164,471 confirmed including 9,462 deaths, 138,867 resolved)

9:15 p.m. Saturday: As of 8 p.m. Saturday, Ontario’s regional public health units are reporting another 684 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 and three deaths, according to a tally from the Star’s Ed Tubb.

The seven-day average increased from 29 to 646 cases per day and to 3.1 deaths per day.

This rate, which has been steady for about 3 weeks, would see Ontario register an average of 1,000 cases per day next weekend.

Meanwhile, the seven-day average in Toronto is currently doubling every 8 to 9 days.

8:30 p.m. Saturday: Two nursing homes in Toronto appear to be among the long-term care facilities hardest hit by a COVID-19 outbreak, according to the latest figures released by the province on Saturday morning.

The 108-bed Fairview Nursing Home near Dufferin Street and Dundas Street West has reported that 42 residents and 12 staff have tested positive, making it Ontario’s largest active outbreak in an LTC home. Fewer than five deaths have been reported, although it’s unclear why there isn’t a more accurate figure.

The 130-bed Vermont Square nursing home on Bathurst Street, north of Bloor Street West, has reported an active outbreak with 35 confirmed cases – 25 residents and 10 employees. No deaths were reported there.

The Star’s Akrit Michael has the story.



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