The number of novel coronavirus cases in Canada topped 111,600 on Wednesday, as the number of worldwide infections hovered below 15 million.
According to provincial and territorial health officials, 574 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded across Canada on Tuesday. Four more people have also died of the virus.
Health officials in Ontario reported 203 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and one new death related to the respiratory illness.
Officials said another 92 people have recovered from the virus in the province and that 236,669 tests were conducted.
Meanwhile, in Quebec — the province hit hardest by the pandemic — 180 new COVID-19 cases were detected on Tuesday.
The province also recorded one new death.
But health officials said 50,298 people have recovered from coronavirus infections.
Health authorities in Manitoba said 12 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Tuesday, but that no additional deaths were reported.
So far, 318 people have recovered from coronavirus infections in the province, and 77,551 people have been tested for the respiratory illness.
Saskatchewan saw eight new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, but said no one else had died as a result of the virus.
Health officials said more than 86,670 people have been tested for the virus, and 813 have recovered from infections.
Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick reported no new cases of COVID-19 or deaths related to the virus on Tuesday.
In Prince Edward Island, 33 people have recovered from COVID-19 infections and a total of 17,624 people have been tested. The island has seen 36 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.
Meanwhile, in Nova Scotia, 1,003 people have recovered from COVID-19 infections and more than 61,410 people have been tested.
New Brunswick has seen a total of 170 cases of the virus, but health officials said 163 people have recovered from infections.
Since the pandemic began, New Brunswick has reported two deaths related to COVID-19.
The province has tested 49,369 people for the virus.
Alberta health officials reported 141 new infections on Tuesday, bringing the province’s total case count to 9,728.
Health authorities also said two more people had died from the virus.
So far, 8,363 people have recovered from COVID-19 infections, and 598,317 tests for the virus have been conducted.
Health officials in British Columbia reported 29 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province on Tuesday, but said no more deaths had occurred.
The province also recorded one “epidemiologically linked” case, meaning they have not been confirmed by laboratory tests. Seventeen other cases in the province are also “epi-linked.”
A total of 2,873 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the province, and 236,600 tests have been conducted.
Health authorities in Newfoundland said one new case of the virus was confirmed on Tuesday.
So far 259 people have recovered from COVID-19 infections, and 22,461 people have been tested.
The Northwest Territories did not see any new cases of the virus on Tuesday.
Five people in the territory have recovered from COVID-19, and more than 3,000 people have been tested for the virus.
Yukon health officials did not report any new cases of the virus or any new COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday. So far, the territory has seen a total of 13 infections.
Health authorities have tested 1,435 people for the novel coronavirus, and 11 people have recovered from infections.
Meanwhile, Nunavut still has yet to see a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Global cases hover below 15 million
The total number of COVID-19 cases across the globe hovered below 15 million Tuesday evening.
According to a tally from John’s Hopkins University, by 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the virus had infected more than 14,835,000 people around the world.
So far, the virus has claimed 613,879 lives globally.
The United States remained the epicentre of the pandemic on Tuesday, with 3,891,893 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Albanian man extradited to Canada in connection with deadly 2014 crash in Richmond, B.C. – CBC.ca
Richmond RCMP have announced the successful extradition of an Albanian man who left Canada in 2014 shortly after being involved in a crash that claimed the life of a 36-year-old cyclist.
In a statement, RCMP wrote that on the afternoon of July 30, 2014, 33-year-old Erjon Kashari was driving a red Pontiac Aztek northbound, approaching the intersection of Russ Baker Way and Gilbert Road.
The statement said the vehicle was “approaching a red light at the intersection, when it suddenly veered right, drove over a concrete island at the intersection and struck a cyclist, before coming to rest in the grass off-road.”
The crash killed cyclist Christy Mahy of Richmond, who died in hospital.
Kashari was in Canada on a work permit at the time but left shortly afterwards. RCMP said charges were laid and a warrant was issued for his arrest in June 2018.
In July 2019, Kashari was taken into custody by Albanian police and held for extradition. The Richmond RCMP’s General Investigation Section then began the process to bring Kashari back to Canada to stand trial.
On Aug. 11, 2020, Richmond investigators travelled to Albania where Kashari was transferred to their custody and escorted back to Canada. He remains in custody facing one count of criminal negligence causing death.
Police say Interpol, Albanian authorities, the Department of Justice, the International Assistance Group, the Canada Border Services Agency, and RCMP liaison officers in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Albania all assisted with the successful extradition.
Rola Dagher, president of Cisco Systems Canada, calls on Canadians to help rebuild Beirut – CBC.ca
When Rola Dagher first heard about the blast that rocked Beirut last week, she couldn’t move.
“Shocked, heartbroken, devastated and I froze. I don’t think I got out of my chair for four hours,” Dagher told CBC Toronto News at 6 host Dwight Drummond in an interview that aired on Wednesday.
Her nephew, a volunteer firefighter, was missing and her sister told her, crying, that she didn’t know if he was alive or not. After five hours and many phone calls, Dagher said her sister finally found out he had survived.
The blast itself was unreal, she said.
“It was like watching a movie. We couldn’t believe that it was real. I couldn’t stop crying. But at the same time, I was absolutely determined to find my nephew and to make sure that everyone is safe first,” she said.
Dagher, a Lebanese Canadian businesswoman who now lives in Toronto, said she knew she had to help. Thirty-one years ago, she left Lebanon, where she was born. She is now president of Cisco Systems Canada.
She said called about 10 Lebanese-Canadian leaders she knew and convinced them they had to give back to the community.
“I said, ‘We can’t be sitting here and just watching the news.’ I said: ‘We’re blessed for being in a country like Canada that is safe but it’s our job and our duty to give back to our community,'” she said.
‘Life is an opportunity for us to make the best of it’
“And I said: ‘We need to start the conversation and we need to start something and we need to lobby the government and we need to go after every single Lebanese person in Canada to start a movement.'”
Those calls led to the formation of the Lebanese Canadian Coalition that has pledged to raise $2.5 million for relief efforts in Beirut. It was up and running in three days.
Watch Rola Dagher talk to Dwight Drummond about the blast that rocked Beirut and the movement she has helped to start:
The massive explosion of nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate in Beirut’s port on Aug. 4 killed at least 171 people, injured about 6,000 others and caused widespread damage.
Meanwhile, the Canadian government has agreed to match all donations made by Canadians to specific humanitarian organizations between the dates of Aug. 4 and Aug. 24, up to a maximum of $5 million.
Now, Dagher says, the fundraising begins.
“If every Canadian donates a dollar, we can make a difference,” she says.
“We definitely need more support because what Lebanon is going through right now, it’s surreal. It’s going to take Lebanon a long time to rebuild.”
Dagher acknowledged to Drummond that she is making a name for herself as a business leader who has been outspoken on such subjects as immigration and mental health.
Last year, she was named one of the 2019 WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant winners 2019 and the 2019 Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) Woman of the Year.
“My father taught me something that I would never forget: ‘Life owes you nothing. Life is an opportunity for us to make the best of it.’ And I learned everything that I know. I earned it because I worked hard. And the only way I could be blessed is to return it,” she says.
In an interview with Canadian Immigrant magazine this year, Dagher was asked to share her main piece of advice for people new to Canada. She said: “Learn it, earn it and return it.”
Coronavirus deaths top 9,000 in Canada – National | Globalnews.ca – Global News
The novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 9,000 people in Canada since the virus was first confirmed in the country in late January.
The sobering milestone was reached on Aug. 12, after Quebec reported 12 more deaths attributed to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.
To date, there have been a total of 120,554 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 9,004 deaths across the country. Just over 107,000 people infected with the virus — or approximately 89 per cent of all cases — have recovered.
Based on data from the most recent seven days, an average of 443 new coronavirus cases have been reported daily across the country, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
“Presently, our efforts indicate that we are keeping COVID-19 spread under manageable control — but the virus is still circulating in Canada and we must not let down our guard,” Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Fortunately, the number of new deaths reported daily has remained low following a steep decline from the peak in early May when close to 200 deaths were reported daily. Fewer than 10 deaths have been reported per day on average over the last four weeks.”
Quebec continues to be the province with the largest caseload and highest death toll, reporting a total of 60,813 cases and 5,709 deaths to date. Eleven of the 12 new deaths recorded in that province occurred earlier in the year but were only reported Wednesday.
Ontario — Canada’s most populous province — follows, with a total of 40,289 reported cases and 2,787 deaths.
Health officials in Ontario said 95 new cases of the novel coronavirus were identified on Wednesday, and said one more death related to the virus had occurred.
The large majority of confirmed cases in both Ontario and Quebec have recovered, according to public health data.
Nunavut, meanwhile, continues to be the only province or territory without a single confirmed case of the virus.
Of the western provinces, Alberta has the largest outbreak, reporting a total of 11,772 cases and 216 deaths to date. British Columbia has reported 4,068 cases and 195 deaths so far.
In Saskatchewan five new cases of the virus were reported on Wednesday, bringing the province’s total to 1,484. So far 20 have died.
Manitoba saw new 16 new cases of the virus. Since the pandemic began the province has seen 578 infections and 8 deaths.
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The Yukon and the Northwest Territories have reported 15 and five cases, respectively; neither territory has reported a single death attributed to COVID-19.
To the east, there have been 1,071 cases and 64 deaths in Nova Scotia. New Brunswick has reported 178 cases and two fatalities.
Prince Edward Island has reported the lowest number of cases and deaths in Atlantic Canada with 36 cases and no fatalities. Newfound and Labrador has confirmed 268 COVID-19 cases and three deaths.
The novel coronavirus was first detected in China at the end of December 2019. The outbreak of the virus was declared a global pandemic a few months later, on Mar. 11, 2020.
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