The number of newly-diagnosed coronavirus cases in Canada rose by 491 on Friday, and health authorities announced that the pandemic has claimed six more lives.
As of Friday afternoon, 116,266 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in Canada. Across the country, 8,935 people have succumbed to the illness, according to figures provided by provincial governments
About 87 per cent of those infected have recovered and 4.6 million tests have been conducted.
Also on Friday, federal officials released a new app they say could aid in the fight against the spread of the virus.
The COVID Alert app notifies a user when they have been in close contact with another user who tested positive for the virus. The government describes it as an exposure notification app, not a contact-tracing app, as it does not track personal data.
“This app does not replace contact tracing — a critical public health function. Contact tracing will continue to be performed manually by local public health authorities,” the government said in a statement.
So far, the app has been released only in Ontario as it undergoes testing.
B.C. saw a significant uptick in new coronavirus cases on Friday. The province added one new death and 45-lab confirmed cases Friday, along with another five diagnoses considered epidemiologically linked.
Overall, 195 people in B.C. have died due to the coronavirus, and there are 3,609 confirmed cases, plus 32 epi-linked cases.
Alberta’s death toll grew by one on Friday, officials said. There were 127 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the provincial total to 10,843. Overall, 196 Albertans have succumbed to COVID-19.
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Saskatchewan added 14 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing its case total to 1,319. The number of people who have recovered from the infection has now surpassed 1,000. Eighteen deaths have occurred in the province in total.
In Manitoba, six new cases were announced for a total of 401 lab-confirmed infections. An additional 14 cases are considered probable. The province’s death toll is eight.
Ontario reported 134 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths Friday. The province has seen 39,209 cases overall and 2,775 virus-related deaths.
The overall case count in Quebec rose by 181 to 59,312 on Friday, though only only 169 of those cases are newly diagnosed. The rest reflect a correction the province has made to data released on Thursday.
The death toll stands at 5,674 after one additional fatality was announced Friday.
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In Atlantic Canada, only one province reported new cases — Nova Scotia. That province’s diagnoses rose by two on Friday for a total of 1,069. Sixty-four people have lost their lives to the virus.
In P.E.I., the case count stands at 36 as of the province’s latest update on Tuesday. In Newfoundland and Labrador, 266 people have been diagnosed, and three people have died. New Brunswick has seen 170 coronavirus cases overall, along with two deaths.
The territories reported no new cases as well. All but three of Yukon’s 14 confirmed cases have recovered, as of the latest update on Thursday. All five cases in the Northwest Territories have recovered, and no cases have been diagnosed in Nunavut.
Around the world, cases counts are continuing to soar. According to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University, 17.4 million people have been diagnosed and 675,545 people have succumbed to the illness.
— With files from Katie Dangerfield, Global News
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Canada reports 220 Coronavirus new cases, 6 more deaths
Canada reported 220 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, as well as six more deaths.
Saturday’s numbers bring the country’s total COVID-19 infections and fatalities to 119,187 and 8,976, respectively. As of Aug. 8, a further 103,566 — or 86 per cent — of patients infected with the coronavirus have recovered. Over 5.12 million tests have also been administered across the country.
The new numbers, however, do not reflect all regions across the country as several provinces — including British Columbia, Alberta, P.E.I. and all the territories — do not report new COVID-19 data on the weekends.
Quebec, the hardest-hit province in Canada, reported 126 new cases of the virus on Saturday raising its total infections to 60,367. Five more deaths, including one that occurred before July 31, were also announced.
Ontario announced 70 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, raising its total confirmed cases to 39,967. Saturday marks the sixth day the province has seen daily case counts below the 100 mark. One more death linked to the coronavirus was also reported by the province on Aug. 8, raising its death toll to 2,784.
Manitoba recorded an additional 16 lab-confirmed or “probable” cases of the coronavirus on Saturday. The new numbers were not reflected in Global News’ tally as only lab-confirmed cases are counted. Saturday’s reporting brings the province’s total lab-confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases to 507.
Saskatchewan announced an additional 24 cases of the virus, raising its provincial total to 1,433. No new deaths were reported by the province, with its COVID-19 death toll standing at 20. A further 1,245 patients have also recovered from the virus in Saskatchewan.
No new cases were announced by Nova Scotia on Saturday, with the province only having two active cases of the virus.
New Brunswick also reported zero new cases on Saturday, with the province only grappling with six active cases. The Maritime region has seen a total of 176 cases and two deaths.
Newfoundland and Labrador also recorded zero new cases of the virus on Saturday during its daily briefing. The province has seen 267 cases and three deaths from the virus and currently has one active case.
In a statement Saturday, Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said that an average of 48,360 people were tested daily over the past week, with one per cent testing positive. According to Tam, there has been an approximate average of 400 new cases reported daily across the country.
Tam’s statement also highlighted her previous remarks on the upcoming school season in September.
“Across the country, jurisdictions are announcing plans for reopening schools, which take into account the local context and epidemiology of COVID-19,” read her statement.
“Now that our collective efforts have flattened the curve and brought COVID-19 spread under manageable control, with increased capacity and public health measures in place to keep it that way, we must now establish a careful balance to keep the infection rate low, while minimizing unintended health and social consequences.”
Worldwide, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 19.4 million people, according to a running tally kept by John Hopkins University. Over 723,000 people have died from COVID-19 as well.
The United States, Brazil, India and Russia continue to be among the countries with the highest amount of coronavirus cases in the world.
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Family of Ontario man who died of COVID-19 in U.S. custody are angry with Canadian Embassy – CBC.ca
The family of an Ontario man who died from COVID-19 while in U.S. custody awaiting deportation to Canada is blaming the Canadian Embassy for not doing enough to bring him home.
“They did not do their job. They did not protect my uncle, who was a free Canadian citizen,” said Jessica Marostega, the man’s niece.
Her uncle, James Hill, died this week after contracting COVID-19 while at a detention facility run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He was scheduled to fly to Toronto on July 9 after being held at the facility in Farmville, Va., since April. A judge ordered his deportation in May.
But his departure for Canada was delayed due to “medical reasons.”
“My cousin got an email from the Canadian Embassy saying that his travel had been postponed due to medical reasons, and that’s all they would tell us at that time,” Marostega said. It was later confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19.
Formerly a practising doctor in Louisiana, Hill had been serving more than 14 years in prison for health-care fraud and distributing a controlled substance before being transferred to the detention centre.
He was 72 and considered at high risk when he was transferred to Farmville. After contracting the coronavirus, Hill was taken to a local hospital, where he died about a month later. Almost every single detainee at the detention facility has contracted COVID-19.
“It was devastating,” Marostega said. “Fourteen years waiting, we find out he is finally going to be released.”
She said the family was told in April it would take only a few weeks before Hill could come home. But his return was pushed back to the beginning of July.
“It shouldn’t have taken this long,” she said. “We blame the Canadian [Embassy] for that when they could have asked, ‘Why is he not coming home earlier?’ I think [they] should have advocated for that a little more for him. To me, that’s their job.”
In a statement, Global Affairs Canada offered “sincere condolences to the family,” but it did not respond to the family’s criticism.
“To be honest, all the emails that my family sent that got responses back, they were all very blanket responses — somebody else was looking into it…. And in terms of the embassy, I felt like they just passed a message back and forth but there was no saying to ICE this wasn’t OK,” Marostega said.
“Our family offered to pay for transportation, medical check, everything — and it was all brushed under the table.”
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Marostega also reached out to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and to her local MP but said the responses were inadequate.
Now, she and her family are left to clean up the room they had set up for her uncle’s arrival and return items that were donated from relatives.
While she knows Hill won’t be coming home, she said she hopes a situation like this won’t happen to someone else.
“I can’t bring my uncle home, but if I can bring somebody else’s home, right?”
Kootenay region pitched as winter roost for Canadian snowbirds – CBC.ca
The Columbia Valley region of British Columbia can’t claim the warm winter temperatures of Palm Springs or Phoenix.
But regional officials are hoping the area’s other charms will be enough to attract Canadian snowbirds whose annual migrations to a warmer climate are on hold because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s a great place for Canadians, and hopefully snowbirds to spend two, six, eight weeks or more,” Ryan Watmough, the economic development officer for Columbia Valley, told CBC Daybreak South host Chris Walker.
The plan to promote the region to sun-loving retirees is also envisioned as a strategy to help local businesses survive the pandemic, Watmough said.
In mid-March, Canadian snowbirds flocked back early from their winter sojourns in the U.S. and other warm destinations as the first wave of COVID-19 spread around the world.
In the latest newsletter from the Canadian Snowbird Association’s official publication, the CSA News, association President Karen Huestis expressed optimism that the annual migration will be back in full swing by fall.
“It is our belief that our border with the United States will open again to leisure travel toward the end of the summer,” Huestis wrote.
“For those travelling, the key to staying safe in our winter homes shouldn’t be that different from the protocols which we observe here in Canada: maintaining a two-metre distance from those whom we don’t live with; wearing face coverings; avoiding touching your face, frequent hand washing; and disinfecting high-touch surfaces,” she wrote.
Watmough said he doesn’t believe most Canadian retirees will be eager to return to U.S. sun belt destinations any time soon as high levels of COVID-19 infections and deaths continue.
“They’re not going to likely want to go down to Florida, Arizona, Texas or California this winter. Perhaps not going to be able to,” he said. “So it’s a matter of let’s show them what they can do, and what they can discover in Canada.”
Watmough expects some of the snowbirds who will spend winter in the Columbia Valley are local residents who will opt to stay home this year. In addition local families who may invite retired parents and grandparents who may fill hotel rooms, longer-term rentals or perhaps bring their RVs for winter camping.
Watmough estimated that if even 500 to 750 of the estimated 300,000 Canadian snowbirds spend a good part of the winter in the Columbia Valley, it would make a major difference in bringing the local economy through the pandemic.
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