The organization’s deputy director, Jarbas Barbosa, said in an online news conference Tuesday from Washington that any vaccine should be carefully evaluated to ensure the product is safe and effective.
In Brazil, Parana state’s government said it is negotiating with the Russian embassy to participate in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, and will be holding a technical meeting Wednesday with Russia’s ambassador.
Nicaragua earlier announced plans to produce a Russian vaccine and on Monday, Vice-President Rosario Murillo, wife of President Daniel Ortega, again said the country was in contact with Russian institutions to produce and even export a COVID-19 vaccine.
Barbosa said the vaccine has not yet gone through all the steps needed so that it could be recommended by the World Health Organization or the Pan American Health Organization. He said global health officials were talking with Russian officials to review their data and clinical trials.
“Only after that review, having access in a transparent way to those data and all the information, are we going to take a position,” he said.
4:25 p.m. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has issued an executive order requiring masks to be worn at scheduled gatherings of more than 100 people.
Sununu, a Republican, had resisted calls to mandate the use of face coverings to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. With Tuesday’s order, all six New England states have some kind of mask mandate.
In general, they are far more restrictive than New Hampshire and require masks to be worn in public when social distancing isn’t possible.
The order will be tested later this month at the annual Laconia Motorcycle Week, which typically attracts thousands of people to the state. Sununu recently formed a task force on ensuring safety at the event, which is set for Aug. 22-30.
4:25 p.m. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, the first governor in the nation to test positive for the coronavirus, says he has donated plasma to help other virus patients recover.
Stitt says he made the donation recently at an Oklahoma Blood Institute centre in Enid. Convalescent plasma is being researched as a potential treatment for the virus. Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith was infected with the virus and she says she’s donated plasma.
Oklahoma has reported 44,728 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 618 deaths.
4:16 p.m., Windsor will reopen “cautiously” this week, the city’s mayor said Tuesday, adding that he will not hesitate to ask for additional resources if local COVID-19 cases surge.
Mayor Drew Dilkens said the entire Windsor-Essex region, which has been left behind in the economic reopening because of virus outbreaks on local farms, is feeling relief as it prepares to move to Stage 3 on Wednesday.
Local businesses have suffered from the prolonged delay and the city has a $30 million budget hole because of the pandemic, Dilkens said.
“No one wants to be in last place,” he said. “When you’re the last one to move forward, there’s a spotlight that’s shone on you. I know just talking to business people here in our community, they have been struggling.”
On Monday, Premier Doug Ford announced that Windsor-Essex would proceed to the Stage 3 of reopening, meaning all of Ontario will have progressed to the final part of the province’s pandemic recovery plan.
4:04 p.m. The chief public health officer says Canada will not cut corners to get a vaccine for COVID-19 approved.
Dr. Theresa Tam says she has full confidence in Health Canada’s process to approve a vaccine.
She says she is cautiously optimistic that will happen soon but says safety will not be compromised to get there.
Her words come as Russia approved the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday.
Her deputy, Dr. Howard Njoo, says the Russian product went from discovery to approval unusually fast.
He says there is not really any information available about the safety or effectiveness of the Russian vaccine or how many people were involved in the testing.
4:02 p.m. New Brunswick reported a case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, ending a four-day stretch without new instances of the illness.
The case involves an individual in their 40s in the Fredericton area, with no details provided on the source of infection.
Premier Blaine Higgs said during a news conference that while there is a lull in infection levels in the province, citizens don’t have to look far to see that spread can erupt quickly, noting continuing cases in Western Canada.
Tuesday’s new case means there are currently seven active cases in the province.
The other active cases were identified last week, all involving temporary foreign workers who arrived in Moncton and began immediately self-isolating.
Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said effective Monday, physical distancing in public seated venues can be reduced to one metre, as long as a face mask is worn at all times.
Restaurants and bars will still be required to enforce two metres of distancing.
2:08 p.m. Lawyers contesting Newfoundland and Labrador’s travel ban say the policy is arbitrary and violates mobility rights guaranteed in the charter.
Closing arguments began Tuesday in provincial Supreme Court in a challenge of restrictions imposed last spring to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Halifax resident Kim Taylor allege the measures restricting entry to residents and essential workers violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and fall outside the province’s jurisdiction.
Taylor’s lawyer, John Drover, told the St. John’s courtroom that Newfoundland and Labrador is the first province to shut its borders to other Canadians, adding that a closer analysis is needed of mobility rights in Canada.
He said the policy goes against the Constitution Act and the charter.
2:07 p.m. Lebanon has registered a record of coronavirus cases and deaths as the number of patients increase in the country that had a deadly explosion last week.
Cases in Lebanon have been increasing since early July when Beirut’s international airport was reopened and a lockdown was eased.
The health ministry on Tuesday say 307 people tested positive, raising the total registered cases to 7,121 since the first case was reported in late February. The ministry reported seven new deaths, raising the confirmed total to 87.
Dr. Firas Abiad, director general of Rafik Hariri University Hospital, told The Associated Press last week that the number of cases is expected to rise in the coming days following the Aug. 4, explosion that killed and wounded thousands of people. He says crowding in hospitals, where thousands of wounded were rushed would raise the numbers.
2:07 p.m. The regional government in Spain’s Canary Islands says more than 85% of new coronavirus infections detected during the past week were among people under 30 years old.
Regional health chief Blas Trujillo says the new COVID-19 cases resulted from leisure time and family get-togethers without social distancing.
He says the constant appearance of new cases — 85 in the previous 24 hours — could bring a return to an economically damaging lockdown.
Even though most young people were asymptomatic, contact tracing requirements overload the health system and the colleagues of those testing positive have to stay at home.
2:07 p.m. Italy’s new cases of coronavirus increased 412 on Tuesday.
Sicily had the highest number with 89 after 64 migrants tested positive at a screening centre. That brings to 73 the number of migrants in the Pozzallo centre who are currently positive for the virus.
After weeks of new cases averaging in the 200-300 range, confirmed new infections have spiked up as more people travel for summer, with people returning from beach vacations abroad testing positive as well as seasonal workers.
Italy’s total cases have reached more than 251,000. Six more deaths were reported Tuesday, with total confirmed deaths at more than 35,000.
1:40 p.m. Georgia school district has quarantined more than 800 students because of possible exposure to the coronavirus since it resumed in-person teaching last week, officials said Tuesday.
The Cherokee County School District has also quarantined 42 staff members since the start of the year on Aug. 3, according to data the district posted online. Located about 30 miles (58 kilometres) north of Atlanta, the district serves more than 42,000 students.
News of the quarantines came a day after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said that the reopening of some of the state’s schools amid the coronavirus outbreak has gone well — except for the widely shared photos of students crowded together without masks.
The viral photos showed students standing shoulder to shoulder in crowded hallways at North Paulding High School northwest of Atlanta and squeezed together for first-day-of-school senior photos at two high schools in Cherokee County, including Etowah, which has had 296 students and eight staff members told to quarantine. None of the students in the photos wore masks.
Democrats strongly pushed back against Kemp’s assessment that school reopenings were proceeding safely, blaming him and President Donald Trump for failures.
Fifty students, teachers and staff members in the Cherokee County School District have tested positive for the virus so far, though it’s not clear whether any of them were infected at school.
1:34 p.m. It took six months for the world to reach 10 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It took just over six weeks for that number to double.
The worldwide count of known COVID-19 infections climbed past 20 million on Monday, with more than half of them from just three countries: the U.S., India and Brazil, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.
The average number of new cases per day in the U.S. has declined in recent weeks but is still running high at over 54,000, versus almost 59,000 in India and nearly 44,000 in Brazil.
The severe and sustained crisis in the U.S. — over 5 million cases and 163,000 deaths, easily the highest totals of any country — has dismayed and surprised many around the world, given the nation’s vaunted scientific ingenuity and the head start it had over Europe and Asia to prepare.
South Africa, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Russia and the Philippines round out the list of the top 10 countries contributing the most new cases to the global tally since July 22, according to an Associated Press analysis of Johns Hopkins data through Monday.
1 p.m. Premier Doug Ford has announced he is fast-tracking the building of a long-term-care home at Humber River Hospital’s Finch site in Toronto. The project, part of Accelerated Build Pilot Program, will add 320 beds by the end of 2021. Mayor John Tory, who joined Ford at the announcement, says expediting construction of long-term care homes at “wartime speed” is encouraging.
12:48 p.m. The mayor of Windsor, Ont., says his city will proceed cautiously to Stage 3 of reopening, and will ask for additional resources if local cases increase in the coming weeks.
Drew Dilkens says he is confident that declining COVID-19 cases in the region over the last week make it safe to reopen further.
The Windsor-Essex region, which has been held back because of outbreaks on local farms, will proceed to Stage 3 of the province’s reopening framework on Wednesday.
The local health unit says there are 131 active COVID-19 cases in the community — 63 of them among agri-food workers.
The medical officer of health, Dr. Wajid Ahmed, says on-farm testing has taken place at 38 of the 176 region’s farms.
The local health unit reports five farms remain in outbreak along with four manufacturing businesses.
12:15 p.m. Florida is reporting 276 new deaths from the coronavirus, raising total confirmed deaths in the state to 8,685.
The state’s health department reported about 5,800 cases on Tuesday.
The new deaths bring Florida’s seven-day average in daily reported deaths to 165 — down from a high of 185 a week ago. Texas averaged 210 deaths in the past week.
The number of patients treated in Florida hospitals for the coronavirus stands at 6,729, down nearly 30 per cent from highs of 9,500 last month.
12:15 p.m. A Kentucky congressman says he has tested positive for coronavirus antibodies and plans to donate his plasma.
The Courier-Journal reports Republican U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie made the comments last week on the radio show of political commentator Glenn Beck. Massie said he took a coronavirus test and an antibodies test at the end of July and received a positive result for the latter.
At least 11 members of Congress are known to have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Massie told Beck he is “convinced” he had the virus in January and described being sick with a fever, sore throat and low energy.
12:15 p.m. Mexico’s foreign affairs minister says the government has agreements with three companies to carry out advanced clinical trials for potential coronavirus vaccines in Mexico this fall.
Secretary Marcelo Ebrard says Mexico had memoranda of understanding with Janssen Pharmaceuticals of the United States and the Chinese companies Cansino Biologics and Walvax Biotechnology. He says the agreements would guarantee Mexico’s access to a vaccine if they prove successful.
Ebrard says the trials would be carried out between September and January. In total, Mexico is talking to 15 companies about potential trials. Mexico has more than 53,000 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus, the third highest in the world behind the United States and Brazil.
12:15 p.m. The French government is urging local officials to impose more mask requirements and extending a ban on large gatherings through October as virus infections rise again.
Prime Minister Jean Castex says the situation has been “evolving in the wrong direction” for two weeks and warned that tougher action is essential to avoid losing control over the virus and a return to “major new confinement.”
Interrupting his holiday, President Emmanuel Macron convened a special security meeting Tuesday to discuss virus measures.
France has reported more than 10,000 new confirmed cases in the past week. France has 30,300 virus-related deaths, seventh highest in the world.
11:30 a.m. The daily number of COVID-19 cases reported in Quebec is under 100 for the second consecutive day.
Quebec reported 91 cases of the disease linked to the novel coronavirus today and one COVID-19-related death.
The province has reported a total of 60,718 cases and 5,697 deaths attributed to the virus.
Hospitalizations also dropped in the last 24 hours, with 151 patients being treated for the disease, a reduction of six.
Of those patients, 21 are in intensive care, the same number as yesterday.
10:50 a.m. Ontario reported just 33 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
That’s the lowest number since March 18, one day after the province was plunged into a pandemic state of emergency that lasted until July 24.
There were no coronavirus deaths reported for the second day in a row.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said Tuesday the low number “includes routine data cleanup by Toronto Public Health, which removed 21 cases, such as duplicates, that had previously been included in daily case counts.”
Read the full story from the Star’s Robert Benzie: Ontario reports just 33 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths
10:18 a.m. U.S. Health and Human Service Secretary Alex Azar has redoubled accusations that China failed to adequately warn of the coronavirus after it was first detected in Wuhan.
Azar says China’s ruling Communist Party “had the chance to warn the world and work with the world on battling the virus. But they chose not to, and the costs of that choice mount higher every day.”
The Trump administration has repeatedly accused China of withholding information from the U.N. World Health Organization and the international community as the virus began to take hold.
China denies the charge, saying it communicated information as soon as it had it, although records appear to show new cases weren’t being tabulated during a key meeting of the provincial legislature.
Since then, the U.S. has announced it will withdraw from the WHO.
Azar says Beijing had been lobbying against an investigation into the origins of the virus along with “reforms desperately needed to make WHO a more effective institution.”
Azar, the highest-level U.S. official to visit Taiwan since formal relations between the sides were severed in 1979, praised Taiwan’s response to the coronavirus.
10:18 a.m. A Swedish official says schools should expect “a tough fall” as children return next week after the summer break.
Sweden opted for the approach of keeping large parts of the society open in the spring when the coronavirus outbreak ran across Europe. Sweden didn’t close its schools.
Peter Fredriksson, head of the National Agency for Education, says the school challenges remain great, and it “applies to teachers and students.”
He says it is up to the local authorities and schools to work out how to practically plan for the return.
The infection rate is declining in Sweden, which health authorities say is thanks to citizens voluntarily adhering to social distancing. Swedish guidelines say people must “keep a distance” from others in indoor and outdoor locations such as shops, offices and museums. Wearing a mask is also voluntary.
Sweden on Tuesday reported four new deaths, bringing the total confirmed toll to 5,770.
10:18 a.m. The Dutch public health institute reports 4,036 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the last week, an increase of 1,448 from the previous week.
The institute says the confirmed COVID-19 deaths rose by nine to 6,159. The true number of deaths is likely higher because not all people who died of suspected COVID-19 were tested.
The increases come despite local initiatives aimed at reining in infections, which have been climbing since the Dutch government relaxed lockdown measures on July 1. The country’s two most populous cities — Amsterdam and Rotterdam — last week made masks mandatory on busy streets and at markets.
The percentage of people who tested positive also is rising, from 2.3% in the previous week to 3.6% in the last seven days.
10:18 a.m. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days.
Ardern said Auckland, the nation’s largest city, will be moved to Alert Level 3 from midday Wednesday, meaning that people will be asked to stay at home and bars and many other businesses will be closed.
She said the rest of the country will be raised to Alert Level 2.
Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said the infections were confirmed after a person in their 50s went to their doctor on Monday with symptoms and was swabbed twice, testing positive both times. Six other people in the person’s household were then tested, with three more positive results.
10:18 a.m. The number of new community infections reported in China fell to just 13 on Tuesday, while the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong saw a further decline to 69 new cases.
The mainland also saw 31 new cases brought by Chinese travellers from abroad arriving at eight different provinces and cities. China requires testing and a two-week quarantine of all new arrivals and has barred most foreigners from entering the country.
All new locally transmitted cases were in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, whose main city, Urumqi, has been at the centre of the country’s latest major outbreak.
China has reported a total of 4,634 deaths from COVID-19 among 84,712 cases. Hong Kong has been bringing numbers of new cases down since its latest outbreak last month, partly by mandating mask wearing in public settings and stepping-up social distancing restrictions. The territory has reported 4,148 cases and 55 deaths.
10:18 a.m. P&O Cruises, the U.K.’s largest cruise line, has pushed back the restart of its operations by a month until November.
It said this was due to the British government’s decision to advise people to avoid cruises as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sailings, which had been due to resume on Oct. 15, have been cancelled until Nov. 12.
Two trips with longer itineraries due to begin in January — Aurora’s Caribbean and South America Adventure and Arcadia’s World Cruise — have also been suspended.
The industry faces a particularly uncertain future after many passengers tested positive for the virus in the early days of the pandemic in February and March.
10:18 a.m. Travellers from so-called risk countries will be tested upon arrival in Finland after a large group of people arriving on a plane from North Macedonia over the weekend tested positive for the coronavirus.
Krista Kiuru, Finland’s minister for Family Affairs and Social Services, said late Monday the Nordic country will introduce the mandatory testing as soon as possible.
Whether they will carry out random sampling “or test everyone who comes across borders, is still unclear” she said.
Mika Salminen of Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare said a large part of the world’s countries are considered risk countries.
Tests will be made on anyone arriving from a country with more than 8 to 10 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 14 days.
On Saturday, a plane from Skopje, North Macedonia, with 157 passengers landed in Turku, western Finland, and 24 turned out positive during voluntary tests, authorities said.
Salminen said that “on the whole the situation is relatively calm in Finland.” The Nordic country has seen a total of 7,601 cases and 333 deaths.
10:18 a.m. Pakistan’s planning minister is warning his countrymen that their “victory” against the coronavirus could be reversed if they stop adhering to social distancing rules.
Asad Umar praised people on Tuesday for co-operating with the government since March, when a nationwide lockdown was enforced amid increasing COVID-19 deaths and infections.
His warning comes a day after Pakistan eased almost all restrictions on businesses. Schools have still not been reopened.
It also comes a day after the incoming president of the United Nations General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, during a visit to Islamabad praised Pakistan for quickly containing the coronavirus, saying the South Asian nation’s handling of the pandemic is an example for others.
Pakistan reported its first confirmed case in February and witnessed a peak in deaths and infections in June. Since then, it has experienced a steady decline in fatalities.
On Tuesday it reported 15 fatalities from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, raising its total COVID-19-related fatalities to 6,112.
10:18 a.m. Indonesia has started the third phase of clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine in Bandung, West Java. State-owned company Bio Farma is running the trial in partnership with Chinese coronavirus vaccine developer Sinovac Biotech.
Twenty volunteers were injected Tuesday at Padjadjaran University’s Medical Faculty, with President Joko Widodo attending. The first and second clinical phases were conducted earlier in China.
“We hope that this third clinical trial will be completed in six months. Hopefully we can produce in January, and if production is ready, vaccinate all people in the country,” Widodo said.
A total of 120 volunteers will participate in the initial trial group. The next will be held in the third week and fourth week of this month and involve 144 volunteers. In early September, 408 more volunteers will receive vaccine tests. The injection and monitoring of the trial participants will be conducted until the third week of December.
On Tuesday, Indonesia announced 1,693 new COVID-19 cases, bringing its confirmed total to 128,776. The National Task Force for COVID-19 Mitigation reported that 59 people died in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 5,824.
10:18 a.m. India reported 53,601 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday as its total confirmed infections near 2.3 million.
The Health Ministry said fatalities reached 45,257 on Tuesday after 871 new deaths were recorded.
India has been posting an average of around 50,000 new cases a day since mid-June.
The Indian Council of Medical Research, India’s top medical research body, said about 25 million tests for the virus have been conducted in the country.
Health experts say the country needs to test more people given its high population. A country of 1.4 billion people, India has been conducting a little less than 18,000 tests per million population.
India has the third-highest caseload in the world after the United States and Brazil. It has the fifth-most deaths but its fatality rate of about 2% is far lower than the top two hardest-hit countries.
9:55 a.m. Two federal cabinet ministers and the country’s top public servant will be grilled today about how a charity with close ties to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wound up administering a $912-million student grant program.
The House of Commons ethics committee is scheduled to hear from Youth Minister Bardish Chagger, Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough and Ian Shugart, clerk of the Privy Council.
The committee is ostensibly conducting a review of the existing safeguards in place to prevent conflicts of interest when the federal government is deciding how to spend taxpayers’ dollars.
But opposition MPs are sure to focus more pointedly on the government’s agreement with WE Charity to administer the grant program, which had been intended to encourage students to engage in summer volunteer work related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chagger was the minister responsible for the program, which has now been abandoned after becoming mired in controversy.
Qualtrough is in charge of the department whose public servants concluded they were not capable of delivering the program and who, according to the government, recommended that WE Charity was the only group capable of delivering it.
Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who also has close family ties to WE Charity, are both under investigation by the federal ethics commissioner. Both have apologized for failing to recuse themselves when cabinet approved the recommended agreement with the charity.
9:30 a.m. Russia on Tuesday became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine for use in tens of thousands of its citizens despite international skepticism about injections that have not completed clinical trials and were studied in only dozens of people for less than two months.
President Vladimir Putin said while announcing the approval that one of his two adult daughters already was inoculated. He said the vaccine underwent the necessary tests and was shown to provide lasting immunity to the coronavirus, although Russian authorities have offered no proof to back up the claim of its safety or effectiveness.
“I know it has proven efficient and forms a stable immunity,” he said. “We must be grateful to those who made that first step very important for our country and the entire world.”
However, scientists in Russia and other countries sounded an alarm, saying that rushing to offer the vaccine before Phase 3 trials — which normally last for months and involve tens of thousands of people — could backfire.
“Fast-tracked approval will not make Russia the leader in the (vaccine) race, it will just expose consumers of the vaccine to unnecessary danger,” Russia’s Association of Clinical Trials Organizations said Monday, urging government officials to postpone clearing the vaccine without completed advanced trials.
9 a.m. Another lawsuit has been filed against a long-term-care home operator in Mississauga.
The negligence and wrongful death lawsuit was filed by Viet Do and seeks $20 million from Schlegel Villages, alleging that the company failed to keep residents and staff safe at its Erin Mills Lodge facility during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Do’s father, Minh Do, 88, lived at Erin Mills Lodge from 2014 until his death on April 24, 2020, according to the lawsuit’s statement of claim. His family was notified that Minh Do developed COVID-19 symptoms on April 23, the claim said.
The claim, which has not been proven in court, alleges that Schlegel didn’t comply with directives issued by the province and health authorities, including not isolating individuals with COVID-19 from noninfected people and failing to provide staff with “proper personal protective equipment in a timely manner.”
“When provided, Erin Mills Lodge directed staff to repeatedly use the same personal protective equipment — despite contamination,” the claim alleges.
8 a.m. The Blue Jays will play their first game at Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday night when they open a two-game series against the Miami Marlins at Sahlen Field.
The Blue Jays were baseball nomads to start the season after the federal government denied them permission to play games at Toronto’s Rogers Centre due to concerns over players travelling in and out of the country from American states ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.
After stadium-sharing deals with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles didn’t come to fruition, the Blue Jays settled on Sahlen Field as a temporary home base for the shortened 2020 season.
But the home of Toronto’s triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons, needed some upgrades before being ready for the big leagues, meaning the Blue Jays had to play their scheduled home games in their opposition’s ballpark until today.
Toronto enters its home opener with a 5-8 record.
7:19 a.m. The City of Vaughan told York Region Media that it “temporarily” laid off about 1,100 employees due to “shortage of work in some departments” after declaring a state of emergency due to COVID-19.
After these “extraordinary circumstances,” the City said the decision was “difficult but necessary.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic and declared State of Emergency in Vaughan and the Province of Ontario have impacted City services in a number of unexpected ways, including the temporary closure of City facilities to the public and the cancellation of some programs,” it said.
While the City continues to conduct essential services including fire and emergency response, waste collection, water/wastewater services, to bylaw and enforcement services, it says, “As this situation evolves, it will be necessary for the City to continue assessing the operational and financial impacts of these unprecedented times.”
7:16 a.m. Three separate employees at a Mississauga Longo’s grocery store have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Longo’s store tracker.
Management at Longo’s became aware that three employees at their Ponytrail location, on Rathburn Road, had tested positive on Aug. 8.
The employees’ last days of work were Aug. 4, 5 and 6. Each store undergoes a deep cleaning and sanitization once a Longo’s employee contracts the disease.
All employees who may have been in contact with the sick workers have been instructed to stay home and monitor their health for any symptoms. Longo’s claims they pay each employee in full during this time.
Their tracker states that it is not necessary for shoppers who recently visited the Ponytrail location to self-isolate, taking advice from public health officials.
5:46 a.m. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days.
Ardern said Auckland, the nation’s largest city, will be moved to Level 3 from midday Wednesday, meaning that people will be asked to stay at home and bars and many other businesses will be closed.
She said the rest of the country will be raised to Level 2.
3:06 a.m. The number of coronavirus cases topped 20 million on Tuesday, more than half of them from the U.S., India and Brazil.
Health officials believe the actual number is much higher than that tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40 per cent of those who are infected have no symptoms.
It took six months or so to get to 10 million cases after the virus first appeared in central China late last year. It took just over six weeks for that number to double.
An AP analysis of data through Aug. 9 showed the U.S., India and Brazil together accounted for nearly two-thirds of all reported infections since the world hit 15 million coronavirus cases on July 22.
Tuesday 3:02 a.m. India reported 53,601 new cases of coronavirus Tuesday as its total infections neared 2.3 million.
The Health Ministry also said 871 deaths were newly reported, raising total fatalities to 45,257.
India has been posting an average of around 50,000 new cases a day since mid-June.
Its total infections are third in the world, behind the United States and Brazil. The three countries account for half of the world’s 20 million cases. The true numbers around the world are thought to be much higher because of factors including low testing and the possibility the virus can be spread by people who don’t have symptoms.
Monday 6:15 p.m. Only two theatres, two drive-ins and an open-air cinema will physically show movies during the Toronto International Film Festival.
The festival announced the limited venues on Monday, which include the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Isabel Bader Theatre, the Visa Skyline Drive-In at CityView, the RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place and the West Island Open Air Cinema at Ontario Place.
TIFF says most festival selections this year will be screened online via its Bell Digital Cinema.
In keeping with physical distancing measures required due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be reduced capacity at the Lightbox cinemas, the Isabel Bader and the outdoor screens.
But TIFF says even the online screenings will have limits.
The digital screenings are geoblocked to Canada and will be viewable on home TV screens using Chromecast or a new TIFF app, which will be available in the Apple App Store on Sept. 9. Digital movies will be watermarked, either “forensically” or visibly, to prevent piracy, the festival says.
5:54 p.m. As of 5 p.m. Monday, Ontario’s regional health units are reporting a total of 42,224 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19, including 2,824 deaths, according to the Star’s latest count.
The province-wide increase in the last 24 hours, up 133 reported infections, was the largest single-day count since late July.
Daily cases reports have been falling steadily since the province saw a brief spike late last month, and had been at its lowest rate of new infections since before the pandemic first peaked in Ontario in the spring.
That rate jumped slightly Monday, up to an average of 95 cases per day over the last seven days — still well down from a mid-April peak of nearly 600 daily.
The day saw double digit-case counts in Ottawa, with 20 new cases, Toronto (18 cases), Peel Region, Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent (all at 11 cases) and in Hamilton (10 cases).
Several of Ontario’s health units do not report case data on weekends, which means Mondays can often see higher than normal case counts.
Meanwhile, the province once again reported no new fatal cases Monday.
The vast majority of the province’s COVID-19 patients have recovered; the province lists fewer than 4,000 active cases of the disease.
The Star’s count includes some patients reported as “probable” COVID-19 cases, meaning they have symptoms and contacts or travel history that indicate they very likely have the disease, but have not yet received a positive lab test.
The province cautions its separate data, published daily at 10:30 a.m., may be incomplete or out of date due to delays in the reporting system, saying that in the event of a discrepancy, “data reported by (the health units) should be considered the most up to date.”
Monday: Toronto is more than two weeks into Stage 3, and an ongoing low trend in daily COVID-19 numbers seems to have held steady.
Across Ontario, new reports of the novel coronavirus have slowed, meaning the embattled Windsor-Essex region can finally join the rest of the province in Stage 3. The province might be experiencing a “basement” in cases, one epidemiologist said, meaning that while we might not drive cases any lower than this, we can likely expect an uptick in the fall.
The Star asked two infectious disease experts — Anna Banerji from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Raywat Deonandan of the University of Ottawa — to weigh in on the data the Star has collected on the state of the COVID-19 crisis in Ontario. Read more from reporter Jenna Moon here.
Read more of Monday’s coverage here.