Travellers returning to Canada from abroad are facing a new order requiring them to self-isolate, the latest measure from a government trying to deal with both a rise in COVID-19 cases and growing economic fallout.
The measure, which makes some exceptions for health-care workers and truckers, allows for fines and even jail times for people who ignore the order to stay home.
Canada Border Services Agency said on Twitter that people coming into Canada at ports of entry will be asked to make a declaration:
<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#COVID19</a>: Under the new Order for MANDATORY <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SelfIsolation?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SelfIsolation</a> that will be fully implemented by <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/CBSA?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#CBSA</a> at ports of entry by midnight tonight, anyone entering Canada by air, land or marine must declare to a CBSA border services officer: <a href=”https://t.co/TSO9HvGdWB”>pic.twitter.com/TSO9HvGdWB</a>
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday that travellers “should be doing this already” but called the move a “serious further step.”
There have been questions about whether the government’s measures at the border to date have been strict enough, and further concern that some returning travellers weren’t complying with the self-isolation period. Premiers, including Ontario’s Doug Ford and Alberta’s Jason Kenney, addressed the concern earlier this week, prior to the mandatory measure from Ottawa.
At a news conference on Monday, Ford said: “If you’re coming from the airport, do not — I repeat, do not — stop at a store. Go directly home and self-isolate for 14 days.”
Kenney, speaking earlier this week, called the quarantine period for returning travellers an “absolute public health imperative” and calling on people to go “directly and immediately to your home without stopping.”
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Alberta has since granted law enforcement agencies authority to enforce public-health orders, and Kenney warned that returning travellers who violate the rules “will now be subject to stringent penalties and fines, with rigorous enforcement behind them.”
Meanwhile, Ottawa announced a temporary program Wednesday designed to get money into the hands of people who are losing income because of the pandemic. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) collapses two previously announced programs into one in a bid to streamline the process of applying for the funding, which will provide eligible workers $2,000 a month for four months.
According to a Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker, there are more than 472,000 known cases of the novel coronavirus worldwide, with more than 21,300 deaths. The dashboard, which draws data from a range of sources including the World Health Organization and national health departments, lists the number of cases that are recovered or resolved at almost 115,000.
Spain’s death toll has risen above 3,400, eclipsing that of China, where the virus was first detected in December, and is now second only to that of Italy, which has 7,500. Lidia Perera, a nurse at Madrid’s 1,000-bed Hospital de la Paz, said more workers were desperately needed. “We are collapsing,” Perera said.
The novel coronavirus, which has been labelled SARS-CoV-2, was first reported in China in late 2019. The virus causes an illness called COVID-19.
The virus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. There are no proven treatments or vaccines, but researchers around the world are looking for both.
Read on for a look at what’s happening in Canada and the United States.
Here’s what’s happening in the provinces and territories
As of 6 a.m. ET Thursday, there were more than 3,400 confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Canada, with 36 deaths and 197 cases listed as recovered or resolved. (Not all provinces are listing details about people who have recovered.) A Canadian has also died abroad, in Japan. Dr. Theresa Tam said the COVID-19 related death was an individual who had been a passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was an early hot spot for the virus.
For a detailed look at the latest numbers, visit CBC’s coronavirus case tracker.
British Columbia’s top doctor, Bonnie Henry, says 55 long-term care health workers have tested positive for COVID-19. Hospitals are preparing for an increase in cases, and Henry said the province is monitoring the supply of personal protective equipment because “the burn rate is much higher than we expected.” Read more about what’s happening in B.C.
Alberta, which has granted power to law enforcement agencies to enforce public-health orders, reported cases in two residents and a worker at a group home for adults with disabilities. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said: “Over the past two days, despite the aggressive measures already in place, it’s become clear that additional measures are needed.” Read more about what’s happening in Alberta.
Saskatchewan is expanding the list of businesses that need to close during the COVID-19 outbreak. The province is also lowering the number of people permitted at a public gathering to 10, down from 25. Read more about what’s happening in Saskatchewan, including a plan in Regina to get bagged lunches to kids who are not in class because of closures.
Manitoba’s top public health officer says more restrictions could be coming as the province tries to tackle COVID-19. Dr. Brent Roussin said the lab is working “around the clock” to try and increase testing capacity, but added that social distancing is “vitally important” right now. Read more about what’s happening in Manitoba.
Ontario saw its largest single-day case number jump on Wednesday, with 100 new cases announced. The association representing registered nurses in the province, meanwhile, issued a call for more protective equipment, including masks, saying: “We are in a war and the enemy is the COVID-19 virus.” Read more about what’s happening in Ontario.
In Quebec, the province’s director of public health urged people to be honest about travel history and who they have been in contact with. “By hiding that information, you’re preventing doctors and our guardian angels from being able to protect themselves. By not collaborating, you are preventing us from doing an investigation that allows us to help people,” said Dr. Horacio Arruda. Read more about what’s happening in Quebec.
New Brunswick is increasing testing, but still lags behind neighbouring Nova Scotia because of problems earlier in the outbreak. “I want to assure the public New Brunswick is testing more people more widely as the situation evolves,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province’s chief medical officer of health. Read more about what’s happening in New Brunswick, where a high school that sits empty during class cancellation is being used to help the homeless.
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In Nova Scotia, the province’s top doctor is urging people to talk and stay in touch, even when they can’t be together. “Be open about how you’re feeling. Reach out for help,” said Dr. Robert Strang. Read more about what’s happening in Nova Scotia.
Prince Edward Island, which has five reported cases of COVID-19, has closed a transition facility for people with addictions as part of its fight against the coronavirus. Read more about what’s happening on P.E.I.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the medical officer of health said the province will move ahead with testing for asymptomatic people who have been in contact with people who have COVID-19. “This is to make sure that we find as many positive people as we can and putting in the appropriate measures to reduce spread,” Dr. Janice Fitzgerald said.
Education leaders in the Northwest Territories are recommending schools close for the rest of the academic year. In Whitehorse, the jail is being closed to visitors. Read more about what’s happening across Canada’s North.
Here’s a look at what’s happening in the U.S.
From The Associated Press, updated at 6:30 a.m. ET
U.S. deaths from the coronavirus pandemic topped 1,000 in another grim milestone for a global outbreak that is taking lives and wreaking havoc on economies and the established routines of ordinary life.
In a recognition of the scale of the threat, the U.S. Senate late Wednesday passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health-care systems.
The unanimous vote came despite misgivings on both sides about whether it goes too far or not far enough and capped days of difficult negotiations as Washington confronted a national challenge unlike it has ever faced. The 880-page measure is the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history.
New York is the epicentre of the domestic outbreak in the U.S., accounting for more than 30,000 cases and close to 300 deaths, most of them in New York City.
Public health officials in the city hunted down beds and medical equipment and called for more doctors and nurses for fear the number of sick patients will overwhelm hospitals, as has happened in Italy and Spain.
A makeshift morgue was set up outside Bellevue Hospital, and the city’s police, their ranks dwindling as more fall ill, were told to patrol nearly empty streets to enforce social distancing.
In Washington, President Donald Trump has called for Americans to dedicate themselves to social distancing for 15 days, including staying home from work and closing bars and restaurants to help try to stall the spread of the disease.
Yet, he has also grumbled that “our country wasn’t built to be shut down” and vowed not to allow “the cure be worse than the problem” — apparently concerned that the outbreak’s devastating effects on financial markets and employment will harm his chances for re-election later this year.
“The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.
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Democrats say that Trump was prioritizing the economy over the health and safety of Americans.
“I’d like to say, let’s get back to work next Friday,” said Joe Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. “That’d be wonderful. But it can’t be arbitrary.” Biden said the congressional aid package addressing the outbreak “goes a long way,” but that “meticulous oversight” is required.
“We’re going to need to make sure the money gets out quickly into peoples’ pockets and to keep a close watch on how corporations are using the taxpayers funds that they receive, to make sure it goes to help workers, not rich CEOs or shareholders,” the former vice-president said.
Here’s what’s happening in Italy, Spain and some other areas of Europe struggling with COVID-19
From The Associated Press, Reuters and CBC News, upated at 8 a.m. ET
In Spain, the coronavirus death toll rose to 4,089 on Thursday, up from 3,434 on Wednesday. Spain’s coronavirus lockdown was extended on Thursday to last until at least April 12 as the country struggled to tackle a fast increase in the death toll. In Madrid, Spain’s worst-affected region, hearses continued to arrive at the city’s ice rink, which was converted into a makeshift morgue after authorities said existing facilities lacked resources.
“It is not easy to extend the state of emergency,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in parliament. “I am convinced the
only efficient option against the virus is social isolation.”
In Italy, COVID-19 related deaths topped 7,000 — but officials pointed to a sign of progress as the number of new cases reported went down for a fourth day. Premier Giuseppe Conte said 500 nurses and doctors are being sent to help in the hardest-hit areas of the country. According to a report in the Italian news outlet ANSA, a federation representing some medical professionals says 33 doctors and dentists have died. The same report cites a union that says 5,000 health workers have been infected.
France has begun evacuating its citizens infected with the coronavirus from the Alsace epicentre on board a special medicalized high-speed train. France’s health minister said that the TGV train-turned-hospital is a “first in Europe.”
Around 20 patients are being evacuated from Strasbourg to hospitals in the Pays-de-la-Loire and other regions Thursday morning, thanks to the medical locomotive. It consists of five cars, each one kitted out with medical material and attended by an anesthesiologist-resuscitator, an intern, a nurse anesthetist and three nurses. The train has been employed to relieve the French region worst hit by the coronavirus that has already claimed over 1,300 lives in France — almost half of whom have died in the Grand Est region’s hospitals.
Sweden saw a surge in the number of deaths that could change the Scandinavian country’s rather lax approach to keeping primary and elementary schools, restaurants and bars open and even encouraging people to go out and enjoy the spring sun. Health officials have within the past 24 hours seen an increase of 18 deaths since Wednesday, bringing the total to 62 deaths in the country of 10 million. Some 2,510 people have tested positive, of which 176 are in intensive care.
The head of Stockholm’s health service, Bjorn Eriksson, said “the storm is over us,” hours after Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency of Sweden told a news conference that the situation was “stable.”
In neighbouring Denmark, the government allegedly was planning to further tighten the law so that smaller groups — less than 10 — can be banned. And in Finland, the government said it will in an exceptional move block the movement of citizens into and out of a key southern region that includes the Nordic nation’s capital, Helsinki, to prevent the spreading of coronavirus to other areas. The Uusimaa region includes Helsinki and the move affects the daily lives of some 1.7 million people, nearly a third of Finland’s population.
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China donates thousands of medical masks, personal protective equipment to Canada – CTV News
China has donated thousands of medical supplies to Canada to aid in the fight against the COVID-19, according to the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa.
In a tweet published on Saturday morning, the embassy said it had sent 30,000 medical masks, 10,000 sets of protective clothing, 10,000 goggles and 50,000 pairs of gloves to Canada on Friday.
The embassy also said that shipment would be followed by another one containing the much sought-after N95 masks.
“We are together!” the Chinese Embassy wrote.
On Saturday afternoon, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne thanked China for the donation.
“In the face of a global pandemic, supporting each other is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do,” he said in a tweet.
Health-care systems around the world have reported shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for their frontline workers.
In Canada, some hospitals have appealed to other industries, such as educational institutions and dental clinics, to donate equipment, while others have begun rationing the number of masks each staff member can use per shift.
Because China is the largest supplier of PPE in the world, the global supply took a big hit when the country had to shut down its factories earlier this year when the outbreak began.
In February, Canada sent 16 tonnes of medical equipment to China to help the country, which was then the epicentre of the outbreak, respond to the emergency.
Since then, the Canadian government has faced criticism for sending those supplies that are now needed at home.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his government’s decision by explaining that it was part of Canada’s response to the global crisis. He also said Canadian businesses have retooled production to manufacture equipment for the health-care system.
“I can assure everyone that the federal stockpiles have been sufficient to meet the needs of the provinces until this point,” Trudeau said.
The prime minister also said Canada would receive “millions more items” that are needed for the health emergency.
Canada isn’t the only recipient of Chinese medical supplies, either.
In the past week, China has donated PPE to various nations grappling with the pandemic, including, most recently, Pakistan.
On Saturday, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said China had sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and aid to help the South Asian country respond to the outbreak there. The shipment included ventilators, masks, and other medical equipment.
Canadians with COVID-19 symptoms to be denied boarding on domestic flights, trains: PM – CTV News
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that as of noon Monday, boarding of domestic flights and trains will be denied to people showing any symptoms related to COVID-19.
He said all Canadians are being asked to remain home as much as possible in an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, but in particular those with symptoms of COVID-19 should not go out. Those symptoms include fever and cough.
“We are giving further tools to airlines and rail companies to ensure that anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms does not travel,” he said. He said it will be up to the companies to ensure the new rules are followed.
Trudeau also addressed the situation of the 248 Canadians stranded on a cruise ship off the coast of Panama, where some passengers have tested positive for COVID-19 and four others have died.
The federal government is working with the Panamanian government and Holland America, which operates the Zaandam, in an effort to get the Canadians home.
He said the efforts are part of the “herculean task” Global Affairs Canada is undertaking to repatriate stranded Canadians around the world.
Two passengers on board the MS Zaandam have tested positive for the disease while 53 passengers and 85 crew have flu-like symptoms, Holland America said in a statement.
There are 1,243 passengers and 586 crew on board, the company said in a statement. The Zaandam is anchored off the coast of Panama and plans are underway to move healthy people to its sister ship nearby, Holland America said.
“We continue to engage with the Panamanian government, and are working with Holland America on their plans to get passengers home,” said Global Affairs Canada spokeswoman Angela Savard.
Michael Kasprow is terrified for his 81-year-old mother, Julie, who is currently contained to her room with her friend on the Zaandam. She is healthy, he said, and had her vital signs checked yesterday.
“My mom’s demeanour certainly changed in the past 24 hours from, ‘This will be OK,’ to hearing news that people on board had passed away,” Kasprow said.
“My mom is my superhero and is incredibly circumspect when it comes to things like that, but it’s really stressful and scary to her, and this definitely rocked her a bit.”
The crew is preparing to move his mother to the sister ship, the Rotterdam, he said.
“From what I understand, they are going to move healthy and asymptomatic passengers over to the Rotterdam to find some place to dock,” Kasprow said.
All ports along its route are closed, Holland America said.
“While the onward plan for both ships is still being finalized, we continue to work with the Panamanian authorities on approval to transit the Panama Canal for sailing to Fort Lauderdale, Florida,” the company said.
Kasprow, from Toronto, said he is dealing with a mixture of emotions with the uncertainty about his mother, who lives in Thornhill, Ont.
“I just want her home in her stupid chair for 14 days so we have everybody in the same area and I can talk to her from the end of the driveway,” he said.
Meanwhile, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer has delivered a sobering assessment of the country’s struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Howard Njoo said the fight is far from over, that it could include a second wave, and that we are certainly in it “for the long haul.”
“It’s definitely months. Many months,” Njoo estimated Friday as the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada surged to 4,757, including 55 deaths.
Quebec’s COVID-19 caseload has soared to more than 2,000 — more than double Ontario’s 993 cases.
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces have been told by chief of the defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance to stay healthy and be ready to respond immediately to the escalating crisis.
One possible glimmer of hope did emerge from B.C. Friday, where data indicates the province’s COVID experience will likely resemble South Korea’s rather than brutally hit Italy. B.C.’s health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said she thinks the social distancing strategy is working and she urged residents to keep at it.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 28, 2020.
Canada tightens restrictions on domestic travel; Wuhan, China, partly reopens after two months – Toronto Star
The latest novel coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Saturday (this file will be updated throughout the day):
11:50 a.m.: The Chinese Embassy announced that the Bank of China is donating medical supplies (including 30,000 medical masks, 10,000 sets of protective clothing, 10,000 goggles and 50,000 pairs of gloves, followed by N95 medical masks) to Canada for its battle against the virus. That would amount to more equipment than Canada donated to China when the coronavirus was raging in Hubei province.
11:22 a.m.: The federal government is imposing domestic travel restrictions in the fight against COVID-19.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday morning that as of Monday, anybody exhibiting symptoms of the virus will not be permitted to board domestic flights or trains for inter-city trips.
Canada has already put sharp restrictions on international travel, including along the U.S. border, but has so far resisted imposing domestic travel restrictions on citizens.
Trudeau again urged Canadians to stay indoors if at all possible in order to slow COVID-19’s spread through the population. He said “social isolation” measures have been showing promise, particularly in British Columbia.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that as of Monday at noon, people showing any signs of COVID-19 will be denied boarding on all domestic flights or inter-city transit trips.
11:18 a.m.: Global Affairs Canada says a Canadian citizen who was on a cruise has died from complications related to COVID-19 in Brazil.
A spokesperson says its thoughts are with the victim’s family and that the news has saddened the department. Global Affairs says it will not provide further details for privacy reasons.
9:40 a.m.: Police fired tear gas at a crowd of Kenyan ferry commuters as the country’s first day of a coronavirus curfew slid into chaos.
Virus prevention measures have taken a violent turn in parts of Africa as countries impose lockdowns and curfews or seal off major cities. Health experts say the virus’s spread, though at an early stage, resembles the pattern seen in Europe, adding to widespread anxiety. Cases across Africa were set to climb above 4,000 Saturday.
Abuses of the new measures by authorities are an immediate concern.
Minutes after South Africa’s three-week lockdown began Friday, police screamed at homeless people in downtown Johannesburg and went after some with batons. Some citizens reported the police use of rubber bullets. Fifty-five people across the country were arrested.
8:39 a.m.: The number of confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide topped 600,000 on Saturday as new cases stacked up quickly in Europe and the United States and officials dug in for a long fight against the pandemic.
The latest landmark came only two days after the world passed half a million infections, according to a tally by John Hopkins University, showing that much work remains to be done to slow the spread of the virus. It showed more than 607,000 cases and a total of over 28,000 deaths.
While the U.S. now leads the world in reported infections — with more than 104,000 cases — five countries exceed its roughly 1,700 deaths: Italy, Spain, China, Iran and France.
8 a.m. Spain’s death toll from the pandemic jumped to 5,690 on Saturday, with 832 fatalities in the past 24 hours, according to the health ministry. The number of those infected also rose to 72,248 from 64,059, a rise of close to 13 per cent.
Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus pandemic began, Wuhan, has partially reopened after more than two months of isolation. Media report that people are being allowed to enter but not to leave.
Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, saw more than 50,000 coronavirus cases.
On Saturday, Hubei reported 54 new cases emerging the previous day, which it said were all imported, the BBC reported.
7:40 a.m.: Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike says the government is considering using the Olympic Village in Tokyo as a place for patients with milder cases of illness caused by the coronavirus to stay.
During the Olympics and Paralympics, about 18,000 people including athletes are expected to stay in the roughly 3,800 units across 21 buildings in the village in the Harumi district of Chuo Ward. The Games have been postponed until 2021.
7:30 a.m.: An employee at an LCBO store has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Liquor Control Board of Ontario says it learned Thursday night an employee at one of its Toronto stores tested positive.
The employee last worked on March 20.
The individual last worked at the store — at Allen and Rimrock roads, north of Sheppard Avenue West. — on March 20. It as been temporarily closed and affected employees have been told to self-isolate.
While Ontario has ordered all non-essential businesses to close, liquor stores are allowed to remain open.
7:25 a.m. Four passengers have died aboard a cruise ship now anchored off the coast of Panama and two people aboard the ship have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the cruise line said Friday, with hundreds of passengers unsure how long they will remain at sea.
Global Affairs Canada says it is aware of 248 Canadians on the ship — 247 passengers and one crew member. Holland America Line confirmed Canadians are not among the four dead.
Global Affairs says it is actively monitoring the situation and has contacted the Canadians on board to provide information on how they can protect themselves. Global Affairs adds it is talking with Panama’s government and working with Holland America on plans to get the Canadians home.
7:20 a.m.: The United Nations says 86 staff members around the world have reported cases of COVID-19.
U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said most of the infected staff members are in Europe, but there are also staffers in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the United States that have the coronavirus.
7:17 a.m.: Actor Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson returned to the United States Friday, weeks after testing positive in Australia for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The two arrived in Los Angeles by private jet, and couldn’t look any happier, TMZ and The New York Post reported.
7:15 a.m.: The TTC says it’s taking steps to alleviate the crowding on buses that some riders and transit operators worry is increasing their risk of contracting COVID-19.
Despite systemwide TTC ridership falling roughly 70 per cent below normal levels since the pandemic shut down much of civic life earlier this month, in recent days transit users have reported close to full loads on some buses.
7 a.m.: The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada from The Canadian Press
There are 4,757 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada according to The Canadian Press.
Quebec: 2,021 confirmed (including 18 deaths, 1 resolved)
Ontario: 993 confirmed (including 18 deaths, 8 resolved)
British Columbia: 792 confirmed (including 16 deaths, 275 resolved)
Alberta: 542 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 33 resolved)
Saskatchewan: 104 confirmed (including 3 resolved)
Newfoundland and Labrador: 102 confirmed
Nova Scotia: 90 confirmed
New Brunswick: 45 confirmed
Manitoba: 25 confirmed (including 1 death), 14 presumptive
Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed
Prince Edward Island: 11 confirmed
Yukon: 4 confirmed
Northwest Territories: 1 confirmed
Nunavut: No confirmed cases
Total: 4,757 (14 presumptive, 4,743 confirmed including 55 deaths, 320 resolved)
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5:30 p.m. There were no new cases of COVID-19 in the province, according to the government’s daily 5:30 p.m. update.
The numbers given at the 10:30 a.m. update remain the most up-to-date information.
There is now a provincial total of 993 cases and 18 deaths.
Ontario reported 135 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths Friday, including two at a nursing home that local officials say is the site of the province’s largest outbreak, according to The Canadian Press.
The provincial total of COVID-19 cases is now 993, including 18 deaths and eight people whose cases have fully resolved.
No information was made available Friday about the 135 new cases, but associate chief medical officer of health Dr. Barbara Yaffe said 60 of the province’s active cases are in hospital. There are 43 people in intensive care and 32 of them are on ventilators, she said.
One-third of the province’s deaths have been long-term care residents.
Two residents of a Bobcaygeon, Ont., nursing home died amid a COVID-19 outbreak there that has also left at least 14 staff members infected, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit said.
Three residents at Pinecrest Nursing Home tested positive and since then, 35 other residents developed symptoms, although they have not been tested, according to provincial guidelines, as the virus was already confirmed to be in the facility, said the region’s medical officer of health, Dr. Lynn Noseworthy.
Ontario has already barred all but essential visitors to long-term care homes and is not allowing residents to come and go.
“We know that people who are over 70 are 10 per cent more likely to contract COVID-19,” said Health Minister Christine Elliott.
“If you’re over 80, you’re 20 per cent more likely to get it. And we know many people who are in long-term care of course have other health issues.”
Chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams said the province has started to make progress on a backlog of pending test results. The number dropped for the first time Friday, from nearly 11,000 to just over 10,000.
Ontario hopes to be doing 5,000 tests a day by the end of the weekend.
5:23 p.m. There are 4,768 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada, according to The Canadian Press. Of these 11 are presumptive, and 4,757 confirmed, including 55 deaths and 320 resolved.
Quebec: 2,021 confirmed (including 18 deaths, one resolved)
Ontario: 993 confirmed (including 18 deaths, eight resolved)
British Columbia: 792 confirmed (including 16 deaths, 275 resolved)
Alberta: 542 confirmed (including two deaths, 33 resolved)
Saskatchewan: 104 confirmed (including 3 resolved)
Newfoundland and Labrador: 102 confirmed
Nova Scotia: 90 confirmed
Manitoba: 39 confirmed (including one death), 11 presumptive
New Brunswick: 45 confirmed
Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed
Prince Edward Island: 11 confirmed
Yukon: four confirmed
Northwest Territories: one confirmed
Nunavut reports that it has no confirmed cases.
5:17 p.m. Toronto Police confirmed that a uniformed officer from 14 Division tested positive for COVID-19.
“We are working with public health authorities who are conducting an in-depth investigation related to the individual and their contacts,” spokesperson Meaghan Gray wrote in an email. “All proper notifications were made and immediate steps were taken.”
This is the first case of a uniformed police officer testing positive for the coronavirus. Last week, the agency confirmed that a civilian employee had tested positive.
3:55 p.m. There are 457 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Toronto, up 118 from yesterday, 29 cases are hospitalized, 15 are in ICU. Around a quarter of cases are attributed to community spread. Eighteen people have recovered, according to Dr. Eileen de Villa, medical officer of health for the City of Toronto.
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