The world hit a grim coronavirus milestone Saturday with 800,000 confirmed deaths and close to 23 million confirmed cases.
That’s according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.
Officials believe the true numbers are far higher because of a lack of testing and reporting.
In the United States, the country with the most infections, health officials believe there may be 10 times more cases than the confirmed 5.6 million. The U.S. also leads the world in deaths, with more than 175,000.
What’s happening with coronavirus in Canada
As of 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Canada had 124,589 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 110,878 of those as recovered or resolved. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 9,106.
Manitoba announced 42 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, marking the province’s highest single-day increase in new cases of the illness. There are now six people in hospital with the illness caused by the novel coronavirus in Manitoba, including one in intensive care, the province said in a news bulletin.
Starting Monday, people in the Prairie Mountain Health region will have to wear masks in public places and restrict gathering sizes to 10. Those new restrictions come as the province moves the southwestern Manitoba region to the orange, or “restricted,” level in Manitoba’s new colour-coded pandemic response system. Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin made that announcement on Thursday.
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Here’s what’s happening around the world
In Europe, the Czech Republic has recorded its biggest single-day increase in cases with 506. The previous high was 377 cases registered on March 27. The announcement Saturday comes a day after neighbouring Slovakia also reported a record daily increase of infected people.
Meanwhile, Germany’s disease control centre reported 2,034 new cases, the first time the daily national increase has topped 2,000 since the end of April.
In Asia, South Korea is banning large gatherings, shutting nightspots and churches and removing fans from professional sports nationwide in an attempt to slow a resurgence of the virus.
India recorded nearly 70,000 new infections as the disease spreads across the country’s southern states after plateauing in the capital and the financial centre of Mumbai.
In Africa, South Africa’s confirmed cases have surpassed 600,000, although the number of new cases has been declining since a peak in July.
The World Health Organization says there are more than 1.1 million cases on the African continent, with more than 880,000 recoveries and more than 26,000 deaths.
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In the Americas, the U.S. state of Florida recorded 4,300 new cases and 106 coronavirus deaths on Saturday.
The state is registering an average of 156 coronavirus deaths per day this month, which likely makes COVID-19 the state’s No. 1 killer during that period.
Cancer and heart disease each average about 125 deaths per day, according to the Florida Department of Health.
B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19 – Abbotsford News
B.C. is reporting 91 new cases of COVID-19 but no new deaths as of Wednesday (Sept. 23), provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Deputy Health Minister Stephen Brown said in a joint statement.
There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began. The death toll remains at 227.
This is the second day in a row that new infections have remained under 100 per day. The number of patients in hospital grew by one to 62, although the number in ICU dropped from 22 to 18.
Health officials said there have been no new health-care facility outbreaks, and that the outbreaks at Bear Creek Villa independent-living facility and Normanna long-term care facility are now over. There are a total of 14 health-care facilities with outbreaks of the virus; nine are long-term care or assisted living facilities, while five are acute care centres. There have also been no new community exposure events and the outbreak at a Loblaws warehouse is now over.
However, health officials said they were still concerned about how many new COVID-19 infections there were in the province.
“New cases and clusters of COVID-19 remain higher than where we would like them to be,” Henry and Brown said.
“The impact of this means that thousands of people in B.C. are now under active public health monitoring and care, with many forced to deal with the stress and anxiety that comes with having to self-isolate away from work, friends and family.”
In total, there are 3,368 people under public health monitoring and 1,376 active cases, a drop of 89 in the latter figure.
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Coronavirus: Younger demographics lead infections in Manitoba, Canada – Global News
Federal officials warn the virus will continue to spread unless some early pandemic precautions are re-adopted and close contacts are reduced.
“We’re on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an address to the nation Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Manitoba began to see an increase in cases in August after a spring and early summer plateau — it started with clusters in western and southern Manitoba, before September surges in Winnipeg rocketed the total number of infections to 1,674 as of Wednesday.
As of Sept. 23, 369 people aged 20-to-29 have been infected in the province — the heaviest-hit demographic, based on provincial data.
The second-hardest hit demographic — 30-to-39-year-olds — has seen 318 people infected, according to provincial data.
Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, pleaded with younger people to take precautions seriously in a COVID-19 briefing Tuesday in which she and other public health officials warned infections country-wide could potentially increase to 155,795 total cases and 9,300 deaths by Oct. 2.
“Young people were part of the collective solution to crushing the spring wave and now with incidence rates in this age cohort, they are a critical element in the solution. We need to ramp up the defences and stop a big resurgence from occurring,” Tam said.
“I am making a special call-out to young Canadians: we need your ingenuity and your drive because we won’t get COVID-19 back on the slow burn track without your help.
“This is your generation, this is your time, you’ve got this.”
People aged 10-19 are the fifth-hardest hit demographic — 191 youth have been infected.
Most but not all teenagers are taking COVID-19 precautions — handwashing, mask-wearing and physical distancing — seriously, Winnipeg high school students told Global News Wednesday.
“Personally, I am. Not everybody is, but personally I am,” said Grant Park High School student Zane Schellenberg.
“It’s really half and half, a lot of people are saying it’s like a joke… but then a lot of other people are saying it’s really real, and some of them don’t even come to school. It’s really an equal bunch,” said Samantha Keen, a student at the same school, adding that most people she knows aren’t attending large parties.
“I feel like some people just don’t think they should take it seriously because a bunch of young people don’t really get affected, but I feel like they should because like if I got infected and I infected my grandparents or something… that wouldn’t be very fun,” said Catherine Caparas, another Grant Park High School student.
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Ontario to review COVID-19 symptoms list for schools, minister says – Sudbury.com
TORONTO — Ontario’s education minister says he is considering shortening the list of COVID-19 symptoms that require kids to stay home from school.
Stephen Lecce says he is working with the province’s medical officials to consider possible changes to the list.
British Columbia shortened its list earlier this week by removing 10 symptoms, prompting Ontario to review the data behind that decision.
Officials in B.C. removed symptoms such as a sore throat, runny nose, and headaches from their list.
Ontario’s school reopening plan requires parents to screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms and keep them home if they display signs of the virus.
Students are permitted to return to class when they no longer display symptoms.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2020.
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