Canada reported 257 more cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, as well as seven more deaths.
The numbers, released by provincial and federal health authorities, bring the country’s total cases of COVID-19 to 124,571 while the death toll has risen to 9,071.
Saturday’s data also brings Canada’s total recovered patients to 110,859 and administered tests to over 5.9 million.
The new data does not, however, represent all regions across Canada due to all territories and some provinces like B.C., Alberta and P.E.I. not releasing updated coronavirus numbers on the weekend.
In a statement Saturday, Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said 89 per cent of all patients with COVID-19 have since recovered, while national daily case counts have ranged between 350 and 500 cases over the last week, with an average of 380 cases reported daily over the last seven days.
“As public health authorities and Canadians continue with our collective effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, we are closely monitoring disease activity indicators, including daily case counts, number of cases hospitalized and the percentage of people testing positive in order to inform, adjust and adapt our actions as needed,” read Tam’s statement.
“Currently, laboratory testing is continuing at a high rate, with an average of 48,714 people tested per day, while we are maintaining a low percentage positive. The latter indicates that our surveillance remains very sensitive, testing many people detect the positive cases.”
Ontario reported 108 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and one new death. The numbers bring the province’s total cases and deaths from the virus to 41,287 and 2,797, respectively. A total of 37,487 patients have since recovered from the virus, however.
Quebec, the hardest hit province in Canada, added 104 more cases on Aug. 22 — raising its provincial case total to 61,599 or 49 per cent of Canada’s total.
Six more deaths were also reported by the province on Saturday, though four of those had occurred before Aug. 20. A total of 5,739 have died in Quebec from the coronavirus.
Manitoba added a record 42 new cases of the virus on Saturday. The new numbers bring the province’s total cases to 872, which includes at least 15 cases counted as probable. The province’s death toll stands at 12.
Both Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia reported single-digit increases of the virus on Aug. 22 with two and one new cases, respectively. Saturday’s data brings Saskatchewan’s total infected to 1,597 and Nova Scotia’s total cases to 1,078.
New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador did not report any additional cases during their daily updates on Saturday.
Worldwide, cases of the novel coronavirus have surpassed 23 million, according to a running tally kept by John Hopkins University. Global deaths have also passed a grim milestone on Saturday, with over 800,000 fatalities now being attributed to COVID-19.
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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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