A total of 364 new coronavirus infections were detected in Canada on Tuesday, bringing the country’s case count to 123,097.
Provincial and territorial health authorities also confirmed another 13 people have died as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Since the virus was first detected in December 2019, it has claimed 9,045 lives in Canada.
In Ontario, health officials reported 125 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and said four more people had died after contracting the virus.
Quebec — the province hit hardest by the pandemic — reported 46 new coronavirus infections, and health officials said another six people had died as a result of the virus.
Two of those deaths occurred in the last 24 hours, health officials explained.
Since the pandemic began, a total of 989,421 tests have been conducted in Quebec and 54,083 people have recovered after falling ill.
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New Brunswick saw 17 new cases of the virus on Tuesday and health authorities said another two deaths had occurred.
The province has conducted 116,990 tests for COVID-19 and 502 people have recovered from the virus.
In Saskatchewan, one new coronavirus infection was detected, bringing the provinces total case count to 1,582.
However, health officials said no one else had died as a result of the virus.
In Saskatchewan, 124,219 tests have been administered and a total of 1,403 people have recovered from COVID-19.
Health officials in British Columbia said 83 new COVID-19 infections have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 4,620. No new deaths were reported.
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Fifty-seven of the province’s total cases are considered “epidemiologically linked,” meaning they have not been confirmed by laboratory tests.
A total of 3,704 people have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C.
In Alberta, 89 new cases of the virus were reported on Tuesday, and health authorities said one more person had died, bringing the province’s total death toll to 225.
More than 11,000 people have recovered from the virus in Alberta. A total of 837,649 have been tested for COVID-19 in the province.
Prince Edward Island health authorities reported three new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, bringing the provinces total case load to 44.
However, officials said no new deaths related to the virus had occurred.
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador each did not report any new cases of the virus, and health officials the provinces said no new deaths associated with COVID-19 had occurred.
In Nova Scotia, 69,976 tests have been conducted and 1,007 people have recovered after becoming ill with COVID-19.
New Brunswick health authorities have administered 57,246 tests for the virus and a total of 171 people have recovered.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the total case count remained at 268. A total of 263 of those cases are considered resolved.
Newfoundland and Labrador health officials have conducted a total of 28,884 tests for COVID-19.
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The Northwest Territories reported no new cases of the virus and health authorities said no additional deaths had been recorded.
All five of the territory’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 are considered recovered.
Since the pandemic began the territory has conducted 3,667 tests for the virus.
The latest data from the Yukon released on Aug. 14 said the territory has seen a total of 15 cases of the virus since the pandemic began.
Fourteen of those cases are considered to be recovered.
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Thus far, the territory has conducted a total of 2,156 tests.
Nunavut remains the only region in Canada that has not yet confirmed a case of the novel coronavirus.
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According to a tally from John Hopkins University, as of 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, there were a total of 21987,207 cases of the novel coronavirus around the world.
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So far, the virus has claimed 776,914 lives.
The United States remained the epicentre of the virus, with more than 5.4 million cases.
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Canada's GDP grew by 3% in July as more sectors reopened – CBC.ca
Canada’s economy continued its recovery in July from the first wave of COVID-19, with the country’s gross domestic product expanding by three per cent.
Statistics Canada reported Wednesday that all 20 sectors of the economy grew as businesses continued to reopen and tried to get back to some sense of normal after lockdowns in March and April.
Output in agriculture, utilities, finance and insurance businesses, as well as real estate rental and leasing companies, clawed back to where it was before the pandemic struck. Retail trade businesses accomplished the same feat the month before, in June. But despite July’s growth, all other types of businesses still have yet to get back to their previous highs.
The biggest expansions in the month were in hotels/restaurants (up 20.1) and arts/entertainment/recreation (up 14 per cent), but those figures come off a very low base and are still facing the deepest slump versus year-ago levels, Bank of Montreal economist Benjamin Reitzes said of the numbers.
All in all, GDP was six per cent below February’s level, Statistics Canada said.
The three per cent gain was in line with what economists had been expecting. It was about half as much as the 6.5 per cent increase seen in June.
While StatsCan is still calculating the final numbers, its early projection for August shows an expansion of just one per cent, which suggests that Canada’s economic recovery is running out of steam as it appears a second wave of the virus is hitting some parts of the country.
TD Bank economist Sri Thanabalasingam said based on the July numbers, those fears are well founded.
“Slowing and uneven growth are indications that the Canadian economy is transitioning from the rebound phase to a more challenging stage of the recovery,” he said.
“Even without restrictions, consumers and businesses may rein in spending activity in response to rising caseloads. The second wave is now upon us, and the course of the recovery will depend on our success in containing it.”
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A new set of restrictions are in store for the Montreal, Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches regions to stem the tide of COVID-19.
Those three areas are officially in a red zone, the province’s highest alert level for the health crisis, starting Thursday.
Here is a guide to the tightened measures and partial lockdown aimed at limiting the second wave of the novel coronavirus.
How long is the partial lockdown?
Quebec has placed those three regions in its highest alert level for nearly a month.
The new rules are set to last Oct. 1-28 — if all goes well. Premier François says he hopes to lift restrictions if the situation improves, but can’t make false promises.
What’s closed in red zones?
Bars, theatres, cinemas, casinos, museums and libraries are closed for at least four weeks starting Thursday.
Dining rooms in restaurants have also been ordered to shut down, but takeout and delivery are permitted.
Schools and daycares remain open, but the sanitary rules put in place are still in effect.
Gyms, retail stores, hair salons and other beauty care businesses remain open.
Private professional health services are allowed to operate, but only for services that require the patient to be physically there.
Places of worship are allowed to accommodate a maximum of 25 people and must keep a register.
Community organizations are also permitted to stay open.
Can I have someone over to my house?
The short answer is no. Quebecers who lived in designated red zones are prohibited from inviting others to their homes.
There are a few exceptions, however. The government says informal caregivers, individuals offering support or labour for planned work are permitted.
People who live alone are also allowed to welcome one other individual into their residences.
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Can I visit loved ones in long-term care homes?
Visits are limited in long-term care homes and private seniors’ residences located in red zones.
The goal is to keep the health crisis from sweeping through those facilities like it did during the deadly first wave.
The province says visits for humanitarian purposes are allowed. Informal caregivers are allowed to visit the elderly, but it’s limited to one person at a time and a maximum of two people per day.
Are private gatherings okay?
Private gatherings are not allowed in red zones.
Are gatherings in public places permitted?
Social gatherings in public places are also prohibited.
There are two exceptions: gatherings are allowed at funerals and places of worship. There is a maximum of 25 people allowed and a register of everyone attending must be maintained.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, for instance, has urged all city dwellers to steer clear of socializing in parks.
What about protests?
The province says protests or rallies are permitted, but all attendees must wear a mask to curb the spread of the virus.
Can I travel to other parts of Quebec?
Quebecers in red zones are asked not to travel to regions that aren’t as hard hit by the health crisis.
There is no ban, but the province says people should avoid heading to designated green, yellow and orange zones.
Essential travel such as for work and freight transportation is allowed.
Can I go to Ontario or elsewhere in Canada?
It is strongly advised that people in Montreal, Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches do not travel outside of the province.
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Passengers at 11 more Canadian airports face mandatory temperature checks – CTV News
Transport Canada is expanding mandatory temperature screening to all passengers in 11 additional airports across the country.
The department announced on Tuesday that temperature screening has begun at airports in St. John’s, N.L. Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto (Billy Bishop), Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kelowna, B.C. and Victoria.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, Canadians have come together, made sacrifices, and done their part to help limit the spread of the virus,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a news release.
“Our government has expanded temperature screenings to major airports across the country to support these efforts and as another measure in our multi-layered approach to help protect the safety of the travelling public and air industry workers.”
This is an expansion of the temperature screening program that began on June 30 at four of Canada’s busiest airports: Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto (Pearson).
Any passenger found to have an elevated temperature without a medical certificate with a reason for this elevation will not be allowed to continue their travel and will be told to book another flight at least 14 days later.
All employees who work within the restricted area of an airport will also be subject to temperature screening.
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